I put a little more thought into the day. The movie sounded great but what about the popcorn? I've never in my life gone to the theater and not had popcorn! We only go out to the movies a handful of times in a year so popcorn always seemed like a reasonable treat. But, we are determined on this cleanse and popcorn is not on the plan! More discussion with Joran about my concerns and in his usual reassuring way he convinces me that we will be just fine without the concessions. We agree to bring some cut up apples and veggies. Problem solved.
The morning of Father's Day I just had to something a little special and unexpected. I decided no matter what, I would stick to the allowed food list but not worry so much about following the exact meal plan. I decided to be mindful and creative and not so rigid. For breakfast we totally splurged and had both a beautiful fruit platter AND Shakeology! I'm being sarcastic here in case you can't tell. Joran said at one point, "I can't believe I'm saying this, but this is a lot of food." We kind of needed it though. We had church that morning and it would be about 1:00 before we'd get home for lunch. Lunch was easy, leftover soup and a large salad. Joran took a nap and I cleaned up around the house and packed our our snacks for the movies.
We went to see Jurassic World with our 3 1/2 year old, Ashton. We quickly walked past the concession with Ashton protesting slightly. We kept him distracted with a sense of urgency about not missing the dinosaurs. As the lights dimmed I discreetly pulled out the snacks stashed in my purse. Ashton was fine. Joran was fine. And I only thought about grabbing the popcorn out of my neighbors hand about once or twice. The move was thrilling and loud in the iMax theater but my little guy still fell asleep about half way through. Kinda perfect, actually. We did it. We made it through going to the movies with no junk food. It can be done!
After the movie I had one last surprise for Father's Day. I thought about it carefully and realized that we could stick to the foods allowed on our plan this week and eat at Chipotle. I knew we may risk having a slightly larger portion than usual but if we ordered smart we could do this without actually going off plan. I ran the idea past Joran and we excitedly made our way. The deal was, we had to get salads with beans, rice, veggies, and guacamole. No meat or dairy. Joran asked if he could have the Sofritas (tofu mix at Chipotle) and I thought that would probably be a stretch but OK. Ya know, since it's Father's Day and all!
Feeling full and satisfied we all headed home and piled into our family bed and watched another movie until we drifted off to sleep in a big pile. It was a happy Father's Day indeed. The only thing missing was my daughter, Alchemy who is having an adventure down in Ft. Myers this weekend. I learned a lot this weekend about how we use food for celebration. We put a lot of attachment on on it but we can really be OK if we make a choice to celebrate differently. It's hard to break traditions but it's also fun to create new ones. I'm thankful to my husband for being willing to try a new way of celebrating on his special day. Xoxo Joran, the best dad and husband, ever!