203- Perfectionist Paradigm Shift (…the secret to sustainable habits)

by | Aug 29, 2019

203-Perfectionist Paradigm Shift-Stephanie Dodier

On today’s episode, we’ll talk about the Perfectionist Paradigm Shift

Do you struggle in creating new long-lasting habits in your life? Particularly around food and health?

Maybe it’s exercise: you pay your new subscription to the gym with excitement and enthusiasm and plan to go 5 days a week before work.

Yet 6 weeks later, you’re not going to the gym anymore and your brain is going crazy with very self-critical thoughts as to why you once again failed yourself and all the things that are wrong with you.

Is that you? That was me until I learned to shift my paradigm about perfection.

Perfectionist, is that you?

The perfectionist is a personality trait characterized by a person’s striving for flawlessness and setting high-performance standards, accompanied by critical self-evaluations and concerns regarding others’ evaluations.

Is that an accurate description of you?

Perfectionism is a trait of character present in many women that have been dieting for a long time. Our diet brain tells us that we need to be perfect at food & exercise if we hope to ever change our body… and diets reinforce this need for perfection via their food rules and need to be “on plan” all the time.

Worse, when we fail to achieve our diet goals, guess whose fault is it? Ours. The reason diet culture gives is that we are flawed… and if we were good enough aka had more discipline, it would have worked for us. So, we keep striving to be better and attempt to offset our flaw with a burning desire to be perfect.

Perfectionist Paradigm Shift and Habit Creation

The problem with perfectionist fantasy is that we set ourselves up for failure, which results in a lack of integrity with ourselves.

And we feel bad about that, too! Not only are we flawed for not being able to diet successfully, but now we can’t even trust ourselves. So, we fantasize even more about our perfect meal plan and exercise regimen and hope that tomorrow will be the right day.

The problem is that in order to be able to create consistent long-term habits, we need to trust and believe in ourselves. We need to be able to start small to be able to grow big but diet brain hates that!

Minimum Baseline

Minimum baseline is the anti-dote to perfection.

It is how you can recover from perfectionism and diet brain all in one.

Minimum baseline is how you will repair your integrity with yourself and begin a trustworthy relationship with YOU.

Minimum baseline is simple… too simple for our perfectionistic brain. It will be hard to manage your mind and all the self-critical thoughts that will come along.

In this episode, I teach you how to use the model of minimum baseline to successfully create new habits in your life when you have a diet brain! This model will shift your paradigm about needing to be perfect!

What you’ll learn today:

  • The relationship between us being a perfectionist and dieting
  • What needs to come first before creating new habits
  • The perfectionist paradigm shift to implement in your life
  • The key to consistent lifetime habits
  • What is minimum baseline and how to implement in your life

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I’m Stephanie Dodier – Clinical Nutritionist, Intuitive Eating expert, host of the Going BeyondTheFood podcast, and Creator of the Going BeyondTheFood Method™️, which was born from my own journey with chronic dieting & body image and has since grown into a global movement.

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