Perfection is Overrated

by Zach on June 16, 2013


A few days ago I decided to do something outside of my comfort zone and go out and meet an entirely new group of people.  Having recently gone vegan I thought it would be great to find a local group of vegetarians and vegans and see what they were up to!

I ended up going to an incredible Thai restaurant, and had a dish that was tasty, vegan, and not hard on the wallet either!  (You can see the dish pictured above, they even made a flower out of a vegetable – how cool!)  Over dinner we talked about a lot of reasons that everyone had made the choice to go veg, so for the environment, some for animal treatment, other’s for health.  But then one of the members shared something that REALLY resonated with me:

“We all ‘cheat’ from time to time, if I ate perfect 100% of the time I would get bored!”

Suddenly I realized something, this was right in the same vein of the post that I wrote last week about understanding that it’s okay to treat yourself.  I know that some people out there don’t agree with this statement as it pertains to a veg diet, but I think that it makes perfect sense for lots of things in our lives!

I know exactly what she meant and personally, I wouldn’t even call it “cheating” I would call it knowing what your body and mind needs in order to keep moving forward on your journey.

I know that at the end of the first week I went to a vegan diet I was dying for ice cream. I didn’t need it but I wanted it and I had a great week, so I went out and got coconut ice cream.  Seriously, if you are eating whole foods, that are truly good for you 80% of the time, the little extras from time to time will not kill you!

The message that I want you to be receiving loud and clear is that just because you go “off plan” doesn’t mean that your efforts are derailed.    If a someone who can identify as vegan doesn’t have to change their entire belief system because they have a piece of cheese from time to time, you don’t have to let all your efforts feel wasted when you have an extra snack!



HeadshotZach Spuckler is a Fitness and Business Consultant working hard to help people become healthy and financial independent.  To stay connected head over to his Facebook Page where you can find recipes, tips, and motivation to keep you moving forward.



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Stephi June 17, 2013 at 6:24 am

After 6 months of being (strictly) vegan I’ve become lactoce – intolerant which is quite common.
So no cheating for most vegans :)


Zach June 17, 2013 at 6:48 am

Very interesting! I didn’t know that was a common occurrence, but even so it’s okay to “cheat” time to time even on a less restrictive diet in my honest opinion ;)



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