Yes, another post on perfectionism…a reoccurring theme for me over the recent weeks.
Last week I taught How to Plan and Execute a HEALTHY Liver Cleanse at our local high school, as part of their Community Education program. During discussion about our love affair with coffee (caffeine is a no-no during the cleanse), I advised that it is better to have that cup of coffee than to completely forgo the cleanse. Why miss out on all the benefits of a cleanse, just because you don’t feel you can do it perfectly.
That brings us right back to the subject of perfectionism and how it can get in the way of some really great things.
I started a cleanse this morning. I’ve been drinking my lemon water and herbal teas. I have eaten only whole foods, simply prepared. I have gone without sugar, salt, caffeine, ibuprofen (even though my back desires some), and I know there will be no wine with dinner. The day goes well, until I arrived home this evening to find my daughter and two of her friends hungry and wanting pizza. I go get pizza and as I bring it into my house I realize “oh no, I can’t eat this…I’m cleansing!” This thought was followed immediately by, “screw the cleanse”. Ha. The perfectionist in me went straight to if I can’t do it perfectly, I’m not doing it at all. Luckily, my own words echoed in my ears…”why miss out on all the benefits of a cleanse, just because you don’t feel you can do it perfectly!” Can you relate this to something in your life?
I love it when I’m wise!
So I prepared a plate of quinoa and roasted veggies. Then, after I had fully enjoyed them, I allowed myself a small piece of pizza. It was plenty enough to prevent me from feeling deprived, but not enough that it weighed me down or left me feeling guilty. I will continue with my cleanse. Maybe I will bend the rules again before I’m done, but my body will be better off than if I had done nothing at all.
Besides, a little pizza never hurt anybody, did it?
Love and Blessings,
Tracy Martorana is a Nutrition & Wellness Consultant, Meditation Instructor and Herbalist...hoping to inspire you to live your life from a place of Holistic Wellness.