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Day 5: Labor Day – last day of summer and vacation

Breakfast: Turkey, slice of cheese, tomato, low fat greek yoghurt, strawberries

Snack: Banana and iced coffee

Lunch: Grilled salmon salad with goats cheese and almonds, glass of wine

Dinner: Selection salads at airport (edamame, tomato and avocado, kale and peach, chickpea)

Snack: Crudites, hummus, sunflower seeds (on the airplane!)

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Today was Labor Day – my first one in the US. I had no idea what the purpose of this day was so I had to look it up. It celebrates the social and economic achievements of workers apparently! It also heralds the last day of summer. Sad face.

Today was also the last day of my mini vacation, which was rather apt. We spent it walking down Venice Beach and then headed to Hollywood Blvd. Venice Beach is a bit seedier than I imagined, but there were a lot of ‘typical’ sights to see – rollerbladers with strollers, surfers with six packs (!), skaters in the skate park and a massive body building competition by muscle beach! Hollywood Blvd was interesting enough and we got a bonus view of the Hollywood sign, which was lucky!

As for healthy eating, I was able to avoid poor choices for the most part. I decided to give the eggs a break as I had had them so many days in a row. So, I went for turkey instead. A few years ago I would have turned green at the thought of turkey for breakfast (or even eggs for that matter) but since giving up cereal about 2 years ago, I’ve come around. It’s not that bad!

A surprise for me was the snack on the Delta flight home. Not only was it free, it was healthy! Crudites, hummus and sunflower seeds. It’s very rare to see this on any flight – it’s normally pretzels or a big lump of sugary carb, Interestingly, they were only serving Coca-Cola drinks on the flight. I got to thinking, as Carrie SATC would say – did Coke sponsor the snacks to try to associate themselves with healthy options?

On the flight home I mused over my healthy eating challenge and how I fared during the vacation. Overall, I would happily declare it a success. Whilst not all of my choices were 100% clean or healthy I definitely made a more concerted effort than I normally would. I did allow myself a glass of wine, the odd piece of cheese and some frozen yogurt, but in general I avoided the really bad stuff- processed carbs and excess sugar. If I had been 100% clean I think I would have been slightly miserable. And what’s the point in that?

Tomorrow I will be throwing myself wholeheartedly into the challenge – clean living and back to exercise!!

Skater boy at the skate park in Venice Beach

Skater boy at the skate park in Venice Beach

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Baywatch!

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Me on Venice Boardwalk

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Day 4: The Universal rules of healthy eating

Breakfast: Egg white omelette with tomato and onion, strawberries and watermelon, coffee
Snack: Banana, strawberries, iced coffee
Lunch: Asian chicken salad, watermelon
Dinner: French fries, baked eggplant Parmesan

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Today was spent in Universal Studios. This was my step dad’s number one request for our trip to LA. He’s a big movie buff (nerd) so he was like a kid in a candy store, erupting in child-like giggles whenever he saw something he recognized.

Despite the fact we spent the majority of our time lining up in the baking sun with no water we had a fun time. 

The movie tour was great, we got soaked on Jurassic park and we had the bejaysus scared out of us in the haunted house.

Tip- spend the money buying the front of line tickets, totally worth it. I was ready to throw my empty water bottle at the front-of-liners as they breezed past us, with their sweat-free brows.

Universal Studios is not the place to go though for someone trying to eat healthily. You can’t even bring your own healthy food as they search you on the way in. I was surrounded by Cotton candy, hot dogs, churros, ice cream, cookies blah blah blah- one big sugar-filled fantasy land. I was able to resist all that though, so I was proud of myself. When it came to lunch I chose the healthiest option in the form of a chicken salad. However, looking at the ingredients I saw there was even sugar in that! Madness!! For dinner I relaxed a bit and chose the baked eggplant Parmesan. Normally this is made with just eggplant, marinara sauce and cheese, but in this case the eggplant was deep fried in bread crumbs. It didn’t mention this on the menu.

Note: I ordered the fries, knowing they are not healthy in any way. This was a flagrant violation of the healthy eating rules. But I enjoyed every last, salty morsel.

Lesson learned today- even when you think you’re choosing healthy options beware. Check ingredients for hidden sugar and ask how dishes are prepared. But in actual fact it’s almost impossible to be 100% clean in somewhere like Universal.

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Day 3: Hangry and suffering from FOMO. But happy.

Breakfast: Scrambled eggs with spinach and mushrooms, bacon, apple
Snack: Iced coffee and banana
Lunch: Seared Ahi salad with glass of wine
Snack: Frozen Yoghurt with fresh blueberries and peaches
Dinner: Small slice of bread with pesto, Seafood soup in marinara sauce, grilled ciabatta, white wine.

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Soooo, today was a challenge to eat healthily for two main reasons.

1. I got hangry.

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This is me feeling hangry

For those of you unfamiliar with the term, hangry means hungry and angry. This came upon me just as we got into Santa Barbara. We had no healthy snacks in the car, I hadn’t eaten in 5 hours, and there was also lots of fighting over directions trying to get off the freeway. Suffice to say I acted like a starved, raving beast, which was no fun for anyone, particularly my travel companions when they tried to reason with me. “I don’t give a flying #%%-%$# where we eat. I need food NOW.” Thankfully, we found a nice restaurant so I was able to make a healthy choice. However, we all agreed we needed some wine to get over the trauma.

Lesson learned here was, plan ahead, bring snacks and eat every 3 hours to avoid getting hangry and being disowned by your family.

2. I had FOMO.

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Me drooling over the frozen yogurt

FOMO stands for the ‘fear of missing out.’ I had that today when my Mom decided a frozen yogurt would be nice after lunch. I had a lovely apple all ready to go but FOMO got to me so I caved and got yogurt. (Could still have been the effects of being hangry in fairness… It took a while to recover). Also, at dinner my step dad was raving about the bread and pesto he was inhaling as we waited for our meals, which gave me FOMO so I had to sample. It tasted just OK (I think he was hangry so was just grateful to have food).

Lesson learned here is that I’m going to experience FOMO many times over the course of these 100 days. Realistically, I may not actually be missing anything that great. I just need to remember my goals and become friends with that feeling.

Road trip wise, we had a lovely day. Not as much beautiful scenery as yesterday, but we had a lovely time wandering around SLO and Santa Barbara. Very different towns- SLO is quite sleepy and calm (lovely little plaza and the mission is pretty) and Santa Barbara is a lot busier and full of tourists, but with beautiful Mediterranean style architecture. We finally arrived in Santa Monica and hung out on the pier. Very touristy, lots of amusements, bright colors and smelled like sugar.

Universal Studios tomorrow plus a Labor Day BBQ. Another day, another challenge!

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Palm trees- so quintessentially LA

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Mom and Step Dad dipping their feet into the Pacific Ocean

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Winning BIG on the whack-a-mole