How many times and how many ways has this question been asked?
Many experts claim to have the answer, touting the myriad of reasons why their diet is the best, and often showing “scientific proof” to support their claim. But the thing is….all research has opposite research, now showing why that exact diet is now “bad” for you. All of this conflicting evidence leads to mass confusion for those of us reading the studies and reports.
But I do have the answer to the age-old question: What is the perfect diet?
The answer is: There isn’t one! Not even the perfect diet for you.
NO PERFECT DIET?
You may find a diet that gets you the exact results you’re looking for, and you may believe that you’ve found the perfect diet for YOU. But that can change a few months, or a few years, down the road. It can change based on your age, your environment, the relationship you’re in at the time, your lifestyle, your job, etc. Depending on your life circumstances, different foods will react differently in your body, therefore it’s important to always be listening to your body’s wisdom after trying new foods or diet plans.
Ask yourself the following questions after 3-6 weeks with a new food or diet:
How do I feel?
What is my energy level?
How does my skin look and feel?
Are my nails and hair strong and healthy?
How do I feel in my clothes? How is my overall health?
Do I feel good?
Take those answers into consideration when drawing your own conclusions and when gathering your own “first-hand scientific evidence” about which diet is best for you at this time. And remember, what works for you, may not work for someone else. Don’t be hypnotized by the experts, and don’t push your success on the next person because it might not garner the same results for them. Each person will be the expert on their own body.
With all of this taken into account, can we go back and talk about the term ‘perfect diet’? We always seem to be searching for the perfect everything. The perfect diet, the perfect body, the perfect job, the perfect kids, the perfect friends, the perfect home, etc. We spend so much of our life just searching for perfect. If this keeps up, we will spend the rest of our life in disappointment.
Society trains us to believe that perfectionism is noble and setting a high bar is good. But in actuality, perfectionism leads to self-abuse. It’s impossible to achieve, so we are constantly frustrated with ourselves for not meeting our goals, for being weak, for falling short once again. If we live in perfectionism, trouble is always around the next corner.
So be gentle on yourself today, find three things that you did right and five things that you’re grateful for at the end of the day.
Breathe deep before you close this email, and move slowly into the rest of your day…