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Is the "Clean Eating" Movement a Form of Perfectionism?

Perfectionism: the new fad diet.

This is an analogy to what I see happening to people trying to lose weight in the new age of “whole
food” eating. The blogosphere is ablaze with whole food evangelists making lists of foods we should and shouldn’t eat because they are processed or they contain GMOs, preservatives, have ingredients we can’t pronounce, colorings, flavorings, you name it. We were once concerned about calories, fat and sugar, but now we have an infinite list of ingredients to put on the radar. We have turned the task of weight loss into something far more difficult, anxiety provoking, and time consuming. I now have to feel guilty eating a can of tomato soup for lunch. Instead, I have to whirl fresh grown tomatoes in the blender with no more than 4 other ingredients or I have broken some “whole food” law that someone selling a book pretty much just made up….to sell books.

The best weight loss diet is the one you can stick to. Quite honestly, that might not be the diet with the kale smoothies. Keep in mind: the fewer behaviors you try to change, the easier change will be. For the biggest health impact, prioritize the changes most likely to impact your weight—calories (especially those from fat and sugar). Once you have lost some weight, then consider taking on other dietary goals.

In other words, if you are worried about the value of your home, get your roof fixed. The new kitchen floor can wait.