"Jaclyn, what's the perfect diet? I want to have perfect health. Which one is the perfect diet? Do I do Whole30? Keto? Clean eating? Which form of clean eating? I read xyz on the internet and I'm so confused. Which one will work for me? Just tell me what to do."
And the answer is: IT DOESN'T MATTER WHAT THE PERFECT DIET IS. IT DOESN'T MATTER. BECAUSE WHATEVER IT IS, YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO SUSTAIN EATING THAT WAY FOR LIFE. YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO BE PERFECT.
A pretty decent plan you can actually adhere to is waaaaay waaaay waaaaay better than a perfect plan you quit.
Sure, eating organic vegetables grown by unicorns and watered with rainbow waters would be the perfect veggies to eat. But not every person has access to organic plants and grass-fed meats, so they feel like healthy eating just isn't possible for them.
OOOOR they try to eat perfectly, they can sustain eating only perfect foods for a bit, and then they find themselves missing the fun processed foods. So they quit. They binge on all the junk. And they find themselves in a worse off place than when they first started trying to be healthy.
Stop trying to be perfect. Stop trying to follow someone else's plan. It won't work. They created it for themselves and you are a completely different person with a different work schedule and different tastes in food.
Start with eating some veggies.
Add some protein.
Have some starches.
And sprinkle in treats. When you go overboard, because you will, because this is practice, because there are no rules when you're learning to eat for you, because being human literally means we cannot be perfect, grant yourself grace and keep going on with life. You don't have to stop and start over. You just go from where you are. Reach out if you need help.
No more diets.
No more restrictive meal plans.
No more lists of good foods and bad foods.
No more clean eating challenges.
You have to eat for life, not for 30 days.
An imperfect and decently healthy lifestyle is way better than a perfect lifestyle you quit.