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A Holiday Healthy Eating Tip Inspired By A Visit To Clearwater Beach

I was in Florida over the Thanksgiving holiday, and one day we went to Clearwater Beach and took a nice long walk on the beach on a crisp, but beautiful sunny day. 

After walking for about an hour and a half we took a break on this landing that overlooked the beach and I decided to snack on my favorite Peanut Toffee Buzz Clif Bar.  I had taken one bite, and then I noticed my husband looking up and I felt a strong tug on the Clif Bar simultaneously.  Next thing I know the Clif Bar is ripped out of my hand and there are about 30 seagulls circling over us!  It looked like a scene from Alfred Hitchcock's "The Birds" and we ran away from there leaving the 30 birds to fight over the Clif Bar that was aggressively stolen away from me.Clearwater Beach 2 1208

Those were some aggressive birds--must have flown down from New York to be that tough!

Anyway, after laughing about it and vowing never to eat at the beach again, the incident got me thinking that this would make a great holiday healthy eating tip!  Especially around the holidays, when we are knee deep in favorite comfort foods, sometimes it's hard to control how much you're eating when you get caught up in all the festivities.  Wouldn't it be nice to have a seagull like the one who stole my Clif Bar around to keep you on track, so whenever you were eating too much, or something you really shouldn't be, it could swoop in and save you from unnecessary pounds?

It's not an arrangement you can likely make, but what you can do is play the scene in your mind.  Before eating extra food or too many treats (after all you are only human and you need some treats in moderation), ask yourself if you'd really miss it, and if it wouldn't be a favor instead, if a seagull swooped down and took it away from you. 

If the answer is yes (like it was for me--that was my lunch on the go after that nice beach walk), go ahead and eat it.  If the answer was, no you wouldn't wrestle the seagull for the food it would swoop in and take, "let it go" as Tim McGraw sings!

There's already a South Beach Diet, but maybe this can be the Clearwater Beach Diet!

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