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Anti-Inflammatory Detox: Perfection is the enemy of progress




Today is day 7 of my anti-inflammatory diet plan. The hardest part for me has definitely

been reducing and eliminating the sugar and alcohol both of which I enjoy immensely. I have not been perfect, but I have improved quite a bit in my opinion. My goal was to give up sugar and alcohol and although in week one neither were eliminated from my diet completely I did reduce my intake significantly which has seemed to make a difference. I have not had any wine or beer which contains a ton of yeast which give me the most adverse side effects. on the days that I did want to drink socially, I had rum and whiskey which do not contain yeast and I was also much more mindful about quantity. As far as the sugar is concerned there have been two days out of seven that my M&M habit would not be denied. So I haven't been perfect, but I have been better and that's the most important part. Physically, I feel less swollen, especially in my stomach. Mentally, the brain fog isn't gone, but it certainly feels like it is lifting. The changes I have made have led to positive outcomes and that's a good thing. Acknowledging my shortcomings and continuing on this journey is a better option than saying "fuck it" and quitting altogether.





Perfection is a myth. If the goal is to be perfect most of us would fail every time. I would rather try and fail at anything than not try at all. If we only consider a perfect outcome a success that doesn't lead to many opportunities to celebrate our achievements. I do it to myself all the time and I'm sure many of you can relate. I set unrealistic goals and I'm disappointed when I don't achieve them. The disappointment leads to negative self-talk and beratement and the cycle continues. I'm not good enough. I didn't try hard enough. Why didn't I do better? Why do we hold ourselves down and hold ourselves back like this? What good does it do to focus on the negative and keep telling ourselves we've failed? This is a waste of energy and time.




Whether it's a diet/detox plan, a workout routine, a job or business venture, a new hobby, or anything at all, if you try and fail you have the choice to learn and grow from the experience or feel sorry for yourself and give up. I set out on this detox to help improve my health and well-being and to feel better mentally and physically, but I'm finding it is really giving me an opportunity to self-reflect about much bigger issues that I struggle with. It has been eye-opening how going on a detox has led me to identify areas of my life that I can improve on.


Sometimes you have to fuck shit up before you figure it out. If you never make mistakes how can you learn anything? Spoiler alert: You can't. If you take a shot and miss your target try adjusting your target and take another fucking shot. Take as many shots as you need until you hit the target. Repetition creates habits. In week one I may have not hit all my targets or changed all my habits, but I'm sure as hell not going to rip the target or quit trying. I am going to make small changes every day that lead to bigger changes in the long term. I'm going to set my intention on improvement, not perfection because that seems much more attainable!


been reducing and eliminating the sugar and alcohol both of which I enjoy immensely. I have n

ot been perfect, but I have improved quite a bit in my opinion. My goal was to give up sugar and alcohol and although in week one neither were eliminated from my diet completely I did reduce my intake significantly which has seemed to make a difference. I have not had any wine or beer which contains a ton of yeast which give me the most adverse side effects. on the days that I did want to drink socially, I had rum and whiskey which do not contain yeast and I was also much more mindful about quantity. As far as the sugar is concerned there have been two days out of seven that my M&M habit would not be denied. So I haven't been perfect, but I have been better and that's the most important part. Physically, I feel less swollen, especially in my stomach. Mentally, the brain fog isn't gone, but it certainly feels like it is lifting. The changes I have made have led to positive outcomes and that's a good thing. Ac. A.


Check out the link to this great article on CNN's website and never forget you are enough! Now start fucking shit up so you can figure it out!




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