I don’t exercise everyday.
I’m not paleo or vegan or gluten-free.
I eat out.
I don’t always choose the “healthier” option.
I eat dessert. Often.
I buy some processed foods.
I don’t buy everything organic.
Nope, not perfect.
I’m not telling you this to crush you. I want you to know that I’m like you. I struggle too. I can relate when you talk about how challenging it is to be a normal eater and make choices that are good for you and make you feel good. I know it’s easier said than done. I totally understand your frustration when you fail again and get mad at yourself. I’m right there with you.
I think a lot of people put dietitians and other nutrition and exercise professionals on a pedestal. We’re held to pretty lofty standards of how’re supposed to we eat, exercise, and live. I also think it can be disappointing when we (or at least I) don’t meet those expectations.
I most definitely want to be a good role model of health and wellness and peace with food. But that doesn’t mean perfection. What I hope is that it can relieving and reassuring to know that I have my own story that’s similar to yours. When you tell me everything you ate last night or how you messed up, I don’t judge you. I’m not shocked or disgusted or upset. It’s actually the opposite! I feel compassion, empathy, and understanding of it all. You’re not alone!
So don’t look at me! The wise Teddy Roosevelt said that “Comparison is the thief of joy” and boy was he right. Comparing is dangerous business. It usually leaves one feeling discouraged, defeated and inadequate. If not, then someone else if made to feel that so I can feel better about myself. You can always find someone healthier, thinner, stronger, or smarter…but that doesn’t mean they’re better or worth more.
You are enough. There’s no need to compare to me or anyone else to get confirmation or validation or feel better or worse about yourself. You are you and that’s a beautiful thing.