Good Enough is Good Enough
Sometimes we can get so caught up in doing things perfectly that it ends up doing us more harm than good. On the one hand we may get so overwhelmed that we end up paralyzed and take no action at all. On the other, we may be extremely meticulous and “get everything right” but the stress involved actually undoes much of the good we’re trying to do.
Take food, for example. I often get asked exactly what someone should or should not eat. By now you probably know that my take on this is that you need to find what’s right for you. I and others can guide you, but in the end you make the final decision.
Each person is different: our lifestyles, our environments, our activity levels, our bodies, our genes, our predispositions, etc. So what works for one person won’t necessarily work for everyone else. This is part of the reason there’s so much confusion out there regarding nutrition, dietary theories, and all those fad diets.
Yes, there definitely are some basic principles that work for most people, most of the time, but they are so simple that Michael Pollan was able to summarize them in just 7 words: “Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.”
Any time you see information that I or anyone else offers you, I encourage you to view it as something to experiment with. In the end, do the best you can and don’t spend too much energy worrying about specifics.
Here are some basic principles I follow and that I encourage you to test for yourself:
- Focus on whole foods in their natural state and avoid processed foods as much as possible.
- Add more vegetables wherever you can.
- Listen to your body with regards to what, when and how much to eat.
- Enjoy your food. Sit down, relax, no TV, no phone, just be with your food and enjoy every delicious and nourishing bite. Eat foods you love.
- Good enough is good enough. Make the best choice you can with the circumstances you have and then be at peace with it. The stress of trying to do things perfectly just does your body more harm.
As I said, test these out for yourself. See what holds true for you. I’ll leave you with one of my favorite quotes:
I would add that your body is incredibly wise, so start tapping into that wisdom. Listen to your body. Sometimes our minds can lead us to believe something that logically makes sense but in reality doesn’t work for our bodies at that time.