“Write is on your heart that every day is the best day of the year.” Ralph Waldo Emerson
Have you ever had a day when you eat really well all day, but then gorge on dessert… and that’s how you remember your day? You, the undisciplined food addict that can’t control themselves (fill in more negative self talk here.)
We all do it… we forget the healthy food we ate most of the day, and beat ourselves up over the small lapses.
The “zero baseline” method is a way of thinking that frees us from negative thoughts, and helps us see ourselves and our habits in a more healthy light.
It’s simple really. Imagine the worst possible diet. Maybe it looks like this:
Breakfast: Coffee and a donut
Lunch: An energy drink and a sugary muffin
Dinner: Chocolate bar and beer.
Now, on a scale of 0-100, that’s a solid ZERO.
Here’s what you do to start analyzing your diet in a more healthy way. When you evaluate your day, instead of measuring from the top down, measure from zero up. So if you ate healthy food all day, with a good balance of protein, carbs, and fat, drank lots of water, and then had a chocolate cake for dessert, what would the point value be of that? Maybe 90 out of a hundred?
See how that works? It’s a much more healthy, and accurate, way of evaluating.
And newsflash: nobody eats a perfect diet. There’s no such thing. Those hard bodied celebrities and models on TV? Not perfect. That expensive trainer at the gym? Guzzles snickers bars when nobody is looking.
So, give yourself a break. Forget perfection, it doesn’t exist. Shoot for 80-90 on the scale, and great health will follow!