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But what if we've had it all wrong?
What if we each have a bit of a perfectionist in us, even if we don't realize
it? Elizabeth Lombardo, PhD, author of
Better Than Perfect: 7 Strategies to Crush
Your Inner Critic and Create a Life You
Love, believes this is the case.
"We tend to think of perfectionists
as people with obsessively neat junk
drawers, or who overexercise or are too
strict with their diet," she says. "But
perfection is an all-or-nothing mentality
that can perpetuate a lot of unhealthy
or extreme behaviors, including being
overweight or inactive."
Put simply: Most of us suffer from
perfectionism in some form. So how can
we avoid its pitfalls in our daily lives-
the ones that keep us from persevering
and appreciating our accomplishments?
We'll explore these "perfect traps,"
and how to gain some perspective
while cutting ourselves some slack.

PERFECT TRAP:

Healthy Eating

There is perhaps no better example of
the all-or-nothing trap of perfectionism
than when we're trying to eat healthy.
"It's the idea that I had one cookie
and I messed up my diet so I may as
well eat the whole plate," Lombardo
says. "Instead, just eat the
cookie, savor each bite and
move on. If we could incorporate this mentality-not to be
lackadaisical, but to stop judging
ourselves so much and continue

to improve-we would all keep striving
as opposed to giving up."
Susan Biali Haas, MD, author of Live
a Life You Love: 7 Steps to a Healthier,
Happier, More Passionate You, concurs.
"So many people never succeed in making the shift to healthy eating habits
because they try to follow very strict
routines or have unrealistic ideas about
what it looks like," she says. "Ultimately,
your goal is not to have some perfect
regimen, but to have a healthy way of
eating that you enjoy and can sustain for
a lifetime."

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