Good morning to all and welcome back from what was hopefully a fantastic 4th of July Holiday for everyone.  We, just as probably many of you, found ourselves at gatherings, BBQ’s and even a wedding.  And, as I’m sure you’re aware, the food fare at many of these events is anything but the best for the body.  So, if like us, you found yourself indulging in what seemed like an endless line of hot dogs, brats, cheeseburgers and booze, take solace.  Many people when they get in this situation get frustrated.  They see the scale inch in the wrong direction and freak out. The brain kicks in and tells them that if they can’t be good on their diet routine at all times, then what’s the point?  “I’m never going to succeed, so why keep trying?”  That is totally the wrong attitude to have towards it.  No one, I mean NO ONE, is good all the time.  Even the best, most nutritionally conscious people falter from time to time.  If they tell you they don’t, they are either fanatical or lying (take your pick).  Thing is that most of us have a true emotional attachment to food.  It’s something that has been fostered since birth, and at this point of our lives is truly and deeply hard-wired into who we are.  Why mess with nature?  there is no reason to be good 100% of the time.  Half the purpose of going through life is to enjoy it, and food is a part of that.  It’s part of the fabric and the celebration of our existence.  So I say embrace it.  Don’t go nuts, but don’t beat yourself up if you fall off the wagon occasionally.  Generally speaking, when I talk with my clients, I give them a general 75/25 rule of thumb.  Simply saying, that means that if you make the right choices 75% of the time, you are going to be in a pretty good place.  You will be making enough good choices to see improvement in the long-term race, but will allow yourself enough wiggle room so that you can “cheat” periodically.  You simply cannot take away from most people foods that they love forever.  It’s that attachment thing.  Your brain tells you that you want it, and it tends to be a pretty persuasive voice.  Therefore, if you are completely deprived of something you love, your brain will make that “want” so great that eventually you cannot resist and you will dive into it full force.  This leads to the tendency to over-indulge, and even in some cases binge.  Now THAT’S counterproductive.  If you allow that little 25% here and there, it is just enough to keep the brain satisfied enough to stay quiet.  Short term loss, long-term gain, I say.  So don’t beat yourself up if you had a bad dietary weekend.  Just simply put it behind you and jump back on the wagon today.  Enjoy your food and enjoy your life.  You only get one.