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The pleasures of food
are part of a full & happy life!

Next week is an American holiday, the 4th of July.
And like most celebrations,friends and families share food together.
Unfortunately, guilt and stress about what to eat, what to avoid, losing control or “going off the diet”can ruin what could otherwise be a fun time.

Oh no!
Coleslaw and Potato Salad. Baked Beans. Cheeseburgers. Fried Chicken. Strawberry Shortcake. Peach Pie. Toasted Marshmallows.

Oh yes!
Parades.
Fireworks.
Bare Feet.
Fireflies.
Kids running around in the grass.
The smell of a cookout.
Light until late in the evening.
Kisses in the moonlight.

Perhaps this holiday you can practice balancing the pleasures of the day with the pleasures of the food,
and leave the diet-related guilt out of the party!

Life is no picnic if you never allow yourself to enjoy one!

Here are 4 Ingredients for a Stress-Free Diet, no matter what occasion it is.
(PS: it’s not really a diet at all!)