Healthy eating is NOT all or nothing

My goodness, we can be hard on ourselves, can't we?  I was so guilty of this for so long.  Here's the situation:  you are already well into your health journey.  You're not a newbie anymore, you've significantly cleaned up your diet and you feel that you are doing a pretty good job overall.  You have become very aware of the food you eat and how it makes you feel. You've seen some really awesome changes in your body and your family and friends have noticed as well.

Look at those veggies... I OBVIOUSLY know what I'm doing

Look at those veggies... I OBVIOUSLY know what I'm doing

Then, one day, you are out and about, and you realize you are stuck somewhere with VERY limited food choices. Or you fell behind on meal prep this week and you are stuck at work and you didn't bring any food. So what do you do? You make a less than ideal choice and eat something that is NOT on your diet plan. God forbid, you have a moment of weakness and eat a donut that someone brought into the office. OMG, how dare you?!

Well, SH*T

Well, SH*T

And then you BERATE yourself for what you did.  You spent 20 seconds eating the donut, and half the day scolding yourself for it.  I had a coworker once who was actually yelling at himself, out loud, with a brownie still in his mouth! I told him, "at least enjoy it while you are eating it!"

I want to tell all of you that this journey you are on is exactly that: a journey-- the act of traveling from one place to another. And it is absolutely ridiculous of us to think that we must be perfect the second we make the decision to be healthy.  That's like saying, "I want to go on vacation" and then expecting to wake up the next morning in your hammock on the beach.  Stop expecting to be the picture of perfect health from day one, and start praising yourself for how far you've already come.

Louis Pasteur believed that environmental microorganisms caused illness.  So if you are exposed to one, it will make you sick.  On the other hand, Antoine Bechamp believed that it was all about your internal terrain.  In reality, I believe it is a combination: sure, if you are never exposed to yucky microorganisms, you are obviously not going to get sick.  But what are the chances that you will NEVER be exposed to toxins? I'm gonna say NO CHANCE. So, if your internal environment is optimal, those toxins will not survive.

One of the ways I interpret this information is this:  if you take good care of your internal environment the majority of the time, you have set up your body to be able to handle the occasional toxin (sugar, alcohol, etc).  We are not aiming for perfection, people. 

Me being all zen about my life choices

Me being all zen about my life choices

So, if you are going to choose to indulge in something, do so on purpose!  Stress wreaks havoc on the body, so I promise you, beating yourself up over one donut or brownie is far worse for your health than the actual brownie.  If eating that brownie makes you happy, then enjoy every second of it. Truly savor it, be content with the decision you made to eat it, and then move on! Life is too short to beat yourself up.  

Bottom line.  Give up the idea that you have to be perfect all the time.  Make decisions ON PURPOSE, have confidence in the decision you made, and then move on.  I bet that if you truly asked yourself what you wanted, you'd find that you make healthy choices more often than not. 

Jennifer Ostman4 Comments