Health and Perfectionism

How Perfectionism Makes You Fat
Is Perfectionism Ruining Your Diet?

Are you a perfectionist when it comes to your health and the foods you eat?  You might say, “No way.  My diet is NOT perfect!”  Well, neither is mine.  

That’s right.  I’m write about the importance of real food and my diet is not 100% real food.

 My point is this . . . When I first learned about which foods are good for me and which foods are not, I sat on that information, feeling helpless, for a couple of months because I felt that we didn’t have the budget or the time to eat a perfect real food diet.  I wanted to get it exactly right and make the transition all at once.   
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?  It sounds so ridiculous to me now, and yet, I know people who are still stuck in this place when it comes to eating a real food diet.  
I left perfectionism behind when I finally had a realization.  Maybe I couldn’t follow a perfect real food diet yet, but I could start my journey toward it.  I could simply add one new food or food preparation method each week or even each month if I felt overwhelmed. 
So, that weekend I bought my first gallon of raw milk.  The next week I made my own sourdough bread starter using flour, water, air and patience.  The money I’ve saving by not buying bread and bread products (pancakes, tortillas, pizza crusts, grain-based snacks, etc) pays for the extra $4.00 per gallon of milk that I’m spending over the cost of conventional, pasteurized milk.
 That’s just one example.  

How to Move Past Perfectionism and Toward Better Health

 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 grande coffees per week is a gallon of raw milk where I live.)  
Don’t be discouraged by the fact that you can’t afford to do it all right now or that some real, nourishing foods aren’t available in your area.
Don’t set yourself up for burnout by trying to make every bite of food you eat from scratch.  
Don’t overwhelm yourself by trying to overhaul your diet all at once.  
Trade unhealthy foods for whole, nourishing foods, one at a time until you are where you want to be.  

If you are barely hanging on financially it can be tough to afford better quality food.  I am not insensitive to that fact.  (Here are my tips for eating real food on a budget.) I only believe that taking one single step in the right direction is better than taking no steps at all. Decide today that you will push perfectionism out of your path by starting your journey toward better health one new, nourishing food at a time.

If you have already accomplished this, please post a comment and share your ideas for making healthy food affordable!

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32 thoughts on “Health and Perfectionism

  1. Thank you so much for posting this. I discovered Traditional Foods & read “Nourishing Traditions” about six months ago. I’ve done nothing with the information except talk about it because I feel like if I can’t do it perfectly all at once then why bother. It’s good to hear that I’m not the only one who struggles with this.

  2. You’re welcome! I knew I couldn’t be alone in this experience of perfectionism.

    It feels wonderful to have gone ahead with it one step at a time, just doing what I could afford and had the time to manage. We’ve come really far in just a couple of months.

  3. I can’t say that I take any of the right steps towards health or perfectionism. They only happen in my dream world but it gives me a place of peace & hope.

  4. Thank you for such a great post!
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  5. I know that perfecctionism in my life has caused me a lot of personal stress. I never think I complete a project is good enough I always compare my self to some one I feel does what ever craft project I just completed better. Thanks for the post and also thanks for sponsoring all the different giveaways that you are involved with.

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  7. I don’t know about changing things that much but I have made a point of removing all packaged foods from my diet. Since I have I can’t stand them anymore, way too much salt. I no where near a healthy diet yet but it’s a start.

  8. I used to take much better care of myself and teach aerobics etc… But you know what? There really are no excuses when it comes to this. We are responsible to ourselves and for ourselves. I needed to read this today so thank you for being right on time with this!!! P.S. One In A Million Dad Giveaway was originally why I dropped by so it was a bonus that I got something out of my visit :)

  9. We are responsible of what we put in and do with our body.:) Great post!!!
    Thanks also for sponsoring one-in-a-million-dad giveaway 😀

  10. Thank you so much for this post. I am a perfectionist when it comes to health, but I am also on a tight budget. It is hard to find good quality food at affordable prices – so much easier and cheaper to buy junk food. I look for coupons I can match with sales. I also look for marked down prices on food that is close to the sell-by-date, including marked down produce. This spring, I planted my own vegetable garden. It was really neat to enjoy vegetables that I grew without worrying about pesticides.

    Pamela Halligan

  11. You can never achieve perfection, but you can attempt to achieve near-perfect health. You should strive for perfect health, but not in vain where you make yourself worse off in trying.

  12. I would love to eat better & feed my family better, but like you it all seems so overwhelming and the cost of the food is staggering on my limited household budget. Little changes at a time seem doable and I am doing those. :0)

  13. I used to make bread but got lazy, I am wishing I could get back into it. You just may have inspired me to do so.
    Rebecca Parsons

  14. Thanks for the post. For the past 2 years my family has been trying to eat better, healthier, and more organic. I just wish the foods that are good for you were not so expensive, where the junk food stuff is cheap/affordable….should be the other way around!

  15. Interesting post I like how you have changed your thinking. It really doesn’t need to be all or nothing. Unfortunately I am lactose intolerant so raw milk won’t work for me.

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