Why do we need Perfection?

One issue we have about our health and the ways we work to stay healthy is perfection. Some people may feel they aren’t perfect if they get a few sniffles. Anyone who has been really sick for long periods might wish for sniffles. In fact, such a response indicates that your body is working the way it should.

In the same way, rather than requiring ourselves to be 100% about any choice diet, if we strive for 90% we are more likely to succeed. We can always have a 100% day but we’re less likely to beat ourselves up if we slip up and eat something that we shouldn’t.

I had a less than 90% weekend. I am trying to cook most of my own food in order to eat locally, organically and avoid chemical ingredients. I’m feeling so much better! At any rate, this weekend was unseasonably hot. It was also almost our anniversary. We had some errands to run which meant that we were out and about for lunch. We were near a restaurant my husband really likes. I was craving a sandwich, so although the bread was probably not that good for my gut health, I had a sandwich anyway. That night we had our anniversary celebration at Ray’s Boathouse in Seattle.

One of the great things about Ray’s is that even if I had been good I could have still been pretty good eating there. Most of their food is sustainably produced and they work hard to get ingredients that are fairly local. The salmon wasn’t local and was fished in Alaska. The beef there is raised just on the other side of the mountains and is grass fed. The chicken was advertised as local pastured hens. The menu changes from month to month with the side dishes so those are generally foods that are in season. Their portions are reasonably sized and the food is prepared simply and elegantly. My bad for the evening? I had their creme brulee. I always do. I’ve never had the same flavor twice, although I quite liked the blueberry vanilla bean flavor they had this time!

Remember, even eating well can mean eating tasty food. Always allow yourself that 10% non compliance. You’ll feel better for eating well most of the time and you won’t have to beat yourself when you just have to have the creme brulee!

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Bonnie Koenig has been a licensed acupuncturist since 1999. She is passionate about helping people find real healing and real health. In the process she keeps asking about our attitudes towards sickness and health. Only by being clear on what sickness is, can we ever find health.

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