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Are You Chasing Health Perfection?

Updated: Jun 4

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Wellmania: How to Live Well in a World of Wellness Trends

In a world filled with ever-changing wellness trends, it’s crucial to approach it with a discerning eye. As an experienced nutritionist I’ve witnessed the ebb and flow of countless fads promising quick fixes. While these trends may gain attention, their efficacy often lacks solid scientific backing and it's important to remember what works for one person may not be right for someone else.

How You Can Embrace a More Balanced Approach to Health

In the pursuit of health perfection, it’s crucial to recognise the underestimated toll it can take on mental and emotional wellbeing.

In the pursuit of success, especially when achieving goals like weight loss, it’s crucial to navigate the fine line between accomplishment and potential pitfalls. Success is often painted as a golden prize, but it’s essential to recognize that constantly climbing higher may magnify other inadequacies, shining a spotlight on the natural imperfections we all possess.

It’s a delicate balance, and understanding that success isn’t a flawless path can contribute to a healthier, more realistic approach to personal growth. Embracing a holistic view of well-being, both physical and mental, can lead to lasting and meaningful achievements.

The Pressure to Be Perfect

In the age of wellness trends and social media, 'wellmania' is about achieving a picture-perfect health status can be overwhelming. With over 20 years of experience, I’ve witnessed the increasing stress clients face when striving for an ideal of health.

Perfection is often perceived as an ideal but it is an elusive concept. It’s a mirage that, upon closer inspection, reveals itself as artificial and unnatural. In the tapestry of life and in nature, imperfections are human and relatable. Consistency is more important than perfection.

How to Embrace Your Imperfections

Striving for perfection is often a trap because it takes away the raw beauty of things that are naturally imperfect. Our shared struggles and vulnerabilities create meaningful connections with others. Embracing imperfections allows for authenticity, fostering understanding and empathy.

It’s through our flaws that we find common ground and build genuine connections, making perfection not only impossible but also unnecessary.

Wellmania: The Mental and Emotional Toll of Health Trends

We all want to feel well and we all have different ideas of what wellness means to us. However, constantly chasing wellness perfection or 'wellmania' can lead to heightened stress levels, anxiety, and feelings of inadequacy. Wellness is a holistic concept, encompassing not just physical health but mental and emotional balance.

A Path to Wellness Without Health Perfection

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Wellmania: The Health & Wellness Industries

Wellness, at its core, is woven from various factors, much like the fabric of life itself. Recognizing that perfection is an elusive and unnatural pursuit is crucial in the pursuit of a truly balanced and healthy lifestyle.

The holistic approach to wellness embraces the creative process, understanding that creativity is not a rigid formula because it thrives on spontaneity, uniqueness, and the freedom to explore new paths.

Attempting to distil creativity into a success formula poses a grave risk – it stifles the very essence of creative expression.

In the realm of wellness, the danger lies in transforming discipline, organisation, and routines into the shackles of perfectionism and 'wellmania'.

The Art of Wellness Embraces Imperfections

Wellness should be a fluid journey, adapting to the ebb and flow of life, rather than a rigid checklist of perfectly executed tasks. When we lose sight of the organic, dynamic nature of wellness, it becomes a burdensome quest for an unattainable ideal.

Embracing imperfections, allowing for flexibility, and nurturing a creative approach to well-being can lead to a more fulfilling and sustainable path to health. After all, true wellness is not a destination; it’s a continual, creative process that evolves with each unique individual.

Stress and the Impact on Hormones and gut health

The stress from pursuing perfection can disrupt hormonal balance and gut health, negating the very goals we set out to achieve. Balancing hormones and improving gut health is integral to my nutrition program, where understanding the impact of mental stress is key.

The Dark Side of 'Wellmania' and Over-tracking

Meticulously recording every health and fitness detail for a long period of time can have detrimental effects on physical and mental wellbeing. It may foster stress, anxiety, and an unhealthy fixation on numerical values. Recording every detail can contribute to a distorted self-perception and negatively impact self-esteem, disrupting your emotional equilibrium.

That said, tracking can be a helpful tool in the beginning when you are first making changes to your diet and lifestyle. My clients are encouraged to use their interactive food journal during the first month of working with me. This action keeps us accountable when starting to build new habits. I can also make suggestions for improving meals and offer additional guidance, if necessary.

What is an Evidence-Based Approach to Wellness?

The shift from cure to prevention is becoming more popular and it will have far reaching benefits. In a culture of extreme tracking, it’s crucial to recognize that health and fitness are not one-size-fits-all. An individualised, evidence-based approach is key to long-term success.

A Holistic Perspective For Health & Wellbeing

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How to Develop a Balanced Approach to Improving Your Health

Rather than fixating on every detail, try to adopt a balanced approach to health monitoring. Focus on overall trends, celebrate any progress, and be mindful of your mental and emotional state throughout the journey.

My nutrition programme encourages a holistic view of health and wellness, steering away from unhealthy fixations on numbers. I promote a sustainable approach that considers both physical and mental wellbeing, balance is key.

Lasting Solutions For Wellness Without 'Wellmania'

Rather than succumbing to 'wellmania' and the allure of short-lived solutions, my evidence-based approach focuses on sustainable health. Through my nutrition programme, I guide clients on a supportive 10-week journey, combining nutrition and lifestyle adjustments to address weight concerns, hormone imbalances, and digestive issues like bloating and constipation.

Embracing a holistic strategy rooted in science ensures lasting well-being, empowering you to lead a healthier and happier life.

Simple Realistic Tips for Wellness

1. Set Realistic Goals: Break down health goals into achievable steps, aligning with your lifestyle.

2. Practice Mindfulness: Incorporate mindfulness techniques to manage stress and enhance emotional wellbeing.

3. Diversify Your Wellness Routine: Explore activities that bring joy, from walking with your furry companion to reading a good book or cooking a healthy meal.

A Holistic Approach to Health

My health and weight loss programme recognizes the importance of finding personal balance. Through evidence-based nutrition and lifestyle guidance, it empowers women in midlife to achieve sustainable health and happiness.

Let’s shift the narrative from the pursuit of health perfection to the pursuit of freedom and holistic wellbeing. Embrace imperfections and find joy in the process for a healthier, happier life. 

Online Nutrition Advice in Manchester & Across the UK

Lisa Smith registered nutritional therapist

I am a BANT registered nutritional therapist and health coach specialising online nutrition advice for metabolic health and weight loss designed for midlife women. Cheshire Nutrition is based in Altrincham, Manchester. I work online with clients across the UK. Book your FREE 30-minute online consultation with Lisa to discover how personalised nutrition can help you thrive in midlife!

DISCLAIMER: The content on this webpage is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your doctor or qualified healthcare provider. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read on my website.

1 Comment

Ananya Sharma
Ananya Sharma
Mar 17

Wonderful post 😊

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