Though the First Lady has a mission of improving the overall fitness of our nation, she has become the focus of derision over lunch. You see, Michelle Obama ate a burger. And fries. And a milkshake! Health and Fitness blogs were basically broiling last week over her very public 1700 calorie lunch. The political blogs called it hypocrisy. The news blogs called it ‘Burger-Gate.’ I call it inspiring.

If Michelle Obama can eat a burger and fries and keep her spectacular focus and figure, so can I! The lesson in this politicized mid-day meal is that ‘perfect is the enemy of good.’ Sticking to a healthy diet over the long haul is good for your health and wellness and your emotional well being; obsessing over your weight or your diet plan every waking moment can be counter productive.

The strictest regimes are often those most prone to failure. Allowing yourself a treat now and then without judgement will help ensure greater long-term success in your wellness plan. Two shining examples come to mind: My favorite nutritional counselor has eaten Al’s Fries and yet she has the most beautiful skin; My favorite yoga teacher has been known to drink beer during the Super Bowl and yet has a near-monastic dedication to the practice of yoga.

It’s all about mindfulness – this is perhaps the greatest mission of All Wellness. Encouraging clients and patients to exercise and eat mindfully engenders life-long health and self-respect. This is the ingredient that is lacking from the Standard American Diet and from the standard American fitness plan.

According to Let’s Move, “We are now eating 31 percent more calories than we were forty years ago–including 56 percent more fats and oils and 14 percent more sugars and sweeteners. The average American now eats fifteen more pounds of sugar a year than in 1970.” Mindful eating would not produce this result.

Similarly, many fitness regimes focus on resulting outward appearances rather than happiness and well being. How many fitness junkies do you know who are in great shape but hate their lives? Mindful exercise produces a different result.

Food for thought…

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