Yes, we all make mistakes. In fact, mistakes are an important part of life. Recently, in my blog about tofu, I wrote”me-eater” instead of “meat-eater”. Don’t bother to go back and check, I’ve already fixed it. But it reminded me, we all make mistakes. Recognizing this is extremely important when we talk about nutrition. It’s impossible to be perfect and never make a mistake. Even when we try really hard, life can throw opportunities for mistakes directly at us.
Here’s what I mean. How many times have you heard “I’ll start that diet on Monday”? Or, how about “This meal blows it for my diet so I might as well have the desert too”? Or, “I have a wedding to go to so why even bother worrying about my food”? Let’s face it, there’s always an excuse; there’s always a reason to take the easy path. But the truth is, we will make mistakes and it doesn’t need to ruin our bigger plans.
It’s more important that we acknowledge the mistake (note first paragraph in this blog) and move on. Maybe we can even learn something from that mistake. One bad meal doesn’t need to throw us off for anything more than that one meal. Heck there’s 2-5 more meals in just one day to get it right. If we try four new recipes this week and one is bad (requiring us to eat leftovers) that’s pretty good success. Sometimes things just don’t work out as planned.
Really it’s all about the intention. If my intent is to do, say, or eat the right things and occasionally there’s a misstep, I just have to accept that and move on. In fact, quickly get back on the right plan.