I was stuck in perfectionism concerning food and health. I thought that if I couldn't afford a meat share of local, grass-fed meats, then it was pointless to buy the local, grass-fed, raw milk that I could afford. If I didn't have the financial means to buy sprouted oats, then I might as well keep buying Cheerios. If I couldn't purchase soaked nut butters, then why even make sourdough bread on which we would spread conventional peanut butter?
Food and health are not the only areas in which I experience the plague of perfectionism. I set my sights on what equals perfection to me and then I refuse to budge until I have achieved it. Yeah, that's quite a self-made conundrum. Don't even ask me about why I refuse to buy myself new clothes until I've lost all the weight I want to lose. *sigh*
About a month ago, I had a stroke of brilliance. Maybe I couldn't follow a perfect Weston A. Price/Traditional Foods diet yet, but I could start my journey toward that. I could simply add one new food or food preparation method each week or even each month if money was tight until that elusive job opportunity knocked and I could afford do everything all perfectly-perfect.
That's just one example.
Maybe you have the information you need to convince you that Traditional Foods, GAPS, or even Paleo or Primal is the way you should be eating. Maybe you can't afford top-quality food. I suggest doing a grocery-budget overhaul to see what foods you can cut out and replace with something healthier. One food at a time. (Fact--whole, nourishing, properly-prepared foods will keep you full longer than their conventionally processed and denatured counterparts.)
Do you drink soda or juice? Learn to make your own Kombucha. Do you like oatmeal for breakfast? Learn to properly prepare it. Want a sandwich for lunch everyday? Start making sourdough breads.
Even if you can only find one thing to change, do that. Just go for it! (My suggestion for a first step toward health is raw milk. Two grandes per week is a gallon of raw milk where I live.) Don't be caught up by the fact that you can't afford to do it all right now. Trade unhealthy foods for whole, nourishing foods, one at a time until you are where you want to be.
If you have already accomplished this, please post a comment and share your ideas for making healthy food affordable!