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Still, we have to balance healthy eating habits with enjoying life. Just because a food is good for us, doesn't mean we have to like it. I've almost been thrown out of parties for daring to utter that I don't care for avocados or their ugly stepsister, guacamole. I also don't enjoy kale. To me, it tastes like how I imagine that stuff you pull from the bottom of the lawn mower would. Of course, enough ranch dressing can make anything palatable. What I've discovered over the years is that I can't be trust- ed to go out into the world for my sustenance. Not if I wish to stay on any semblance of a healthy eating plan. I wish I could drive thru the Golden Arches and ask for the healthiest thing on the menu. But even if I have the willpower to order a salad instead of something super-sized, I still can't help adding a "few" fries or a "tiny" dessert to my order. The keys to maintaining a healthy eating plan are planning and mindfulness. Pack your snacks and a lunch. You'll likely find the health benefits outweigh the extra time it takes to plan your meals for the week. Don't be beholden to the cafeteria or neighboring restau- rants. Eating out should be a treat. Instead of hitting the vending machine during that inevitable mid-afternoon slump, reach for string cheese or a piece of fruit. When your jealous colleagues comment on the new "pep in your step" and want to know your secret, just tell them it's a good night's sleep, avoiding junk food and a daily dose of Lactobacillus-bulgari- cus-Streptococcus-thermophilus. OSM Ms. Frances (kay@kayfrances.com) is a motivational speaker, author and former professional standup comedian who's been seen on NBC, Lifetime and Comedy Central. She'll be the opening keynote speaker at this year's Virtual OR Excellence 2020 (www.orexcellence.com). J U L Y 2 0 2 0 • O U T P A T I E N T S U R G E R Y . N E T • 1 1 1

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