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The Perfection Trap

Uncategorized Sep 02, 2019

I was talking to my cousin the other day. He teaches English and leads the marching band at a high school in Irvine, CA. He said people in that area want everything to be perfect, and there is a lot of pressure to make everything perfect in thier lives.

This means their home, their apperance, their marriage, their career, and everything else has to be perfect. Hey, no presure!

One of the hallmarks of a disordered eater is perfectionism. People with perfectionist tendencies tend to develop eating disorders more than people without those tendencies.

Chasing perfectionism is a sure way to make sure that you are miserable in your life. You will never reach perfection, and you can try all you want but you will have to deal with imperfections.

When I started my first diet, or when I altered my diet when I was 20-years-old, I had this dream of eating a "perfect diet." I had to have just the right amount of macros, the right amount of protein, and I had to eat at the right time every day.

The more perfect I became, the more disordered I became.

I laughed a few years ago when I saw that there was a book called The Perfect Health Diet. As if there is a perfect diet that leads to perfect health. Only in the health and fitness industry do you see such nonsense.

Now I accept imperfections in my life, my appearance, my character, and my diet. I'm not going to eat perfect every time, every day.

Just the other day I had a piece of cake. I literally have cake once or twice a year. It was from the East Coast grocer Wegman's, and damn, do they make great cakes. Everybody agrees. The icing is so sweet, and the cake is made to perfection. Calories be damned!

Was this a tradeoff in my health? Probably. But it was one worth making. I would rather be imperfect than to eat nothing but the healthiest food all the time.

Accept imperfections in your life. Your mental health will be better, you'll be more sane, and you will be happier.

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