Today Wasn’t Perfect

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today was not perfect

After you pulled out the blender, you realized you didn’t have enough bananas to make your smoothie and the strawberries that had been in the fridge had grown a coat of white mold overnight.

Instead, you had a cup coffee to wake you up.

You didn’t pack your salad and flax crackers for work because you left early to avoid traffic for your 8:30 AM meeting.

Instead, you ate some sushi and a little tempura at a Japanese restaurant around to corner from the office.

There was a birthday party for a co-worker in the afternoon that you hadn’t mentally prepared for. You were having the 3:00 blues because you missed breakfast and had that coffee in the morning.

Instead of having the willpower you usually do, you figured a little sugar would pick you up, so you had a piece of ice cream cake (heaven knows what was in it — you were too frightened to look at the label.)

Because of the birthday party, you had to stay later to finish a report that was due the next day.

Instead of your usual almond and apple afternoon snack, you had another cup of coffee.

When you got home, you were frazzled. Your friend from out of town was coming over in 20 minutes. You wanted to make that vegan, quinoa dish with the almonds and the vegetables from the farmer’s market, but it was after 7:00 PM.

Instead, you ordered take out from the Thai restaurant and ate it at 9:00 PM – two hours after you experts say you shouldn’t eat.

Since your friend was in town, you didn’t drink the 1/2 your body weight in water.

Instead, the catching up turned into a few more glasses of wine than usual.

Now, your friend has left and it’s the end of the day.

You find yourself lying in bed — with a slight headache — feeling guilty. Nothing went as planned. You blew it — your diet, your willpower, your confidence in yourself.

Today wasn’t perfect.

But, lucky for you, tomorrow can be different.

You’re allowed as many reboots as you need — until you get it right.

Your question of the day: What do you to when you have a bad day with your diet?

Live Awesome!

Kevin Gianni

Kevin Gianni is a health author, activist and blogger. He started seriously researching personal and preventative natural health therapies in 2002 when he was struck with the reality that cancer ran deep in his family and if he didn’t change the way he was living — he might go down that same path. Since then, he’s written and edited 6 books on the subject of natural health, diet and fitness. During this time, he’s constantly been humbled by what experts claim they know and what actually is true. This has led him to experiment with many diets and protocols — including vegan, raw food, fasting, medical treatments and more — to find out what is myth and what really works in the real world.

Kevin has also traveled around the world searching for the best protocols, foods, medicines and clinics around and bringing them to the readers of his blog — which is one of the most widely read natural health blogs in the world with hundreds of thousands of visitors a month from over 150 countries around the world.


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  1. Alison says:

    Thank you sooo much for this. Just what I needed. You have just described my last two days – almost to perfection ( or non perfection lol) had a horrible day on Friday with an awful dentist and list my way completely as a result for two days. But you are so right. Tomorrow is a new day and I can begin again. Thank you. xxx

  2. Sinag says:

    Hi Kevin, mabuhay from Manila. I so can relate to what you just emailed. I just arrived from a four-day trip with my Mom. I was in sugar and pork-eating country for four days. Now, I am gently juicing some guavas and trying to clear myself of fears and doubts that I can do this all over again.

  3. Donna says:

    Thank you. We all need to be reminded now and then that nobody is perfect, and it is okay to do the best we can do, which sometmes isn’t all that good. But, the more we do towards the good, the more good results we will have.

  4. Ted says:

    We’ve ALL had a day like that….maybe more than one!

  5. barry says:

    thx 4 keepin’ it real, as usual!

  6. susan wilson says:

    LOve Love love this as a owner of a rawfood restaurant cafe I get this from many clients customers a day saying the same thing happened to them the day before and they are started again fresh today. Goes to show you nobody is perfect and tomorrow is another day to make it right,

  7. Patricia says:

    Tomorrow is the first day of the rest of your life! Go for it!

  8. How true true true. And how important to have compassion for ourselves. Every moment is an opportunity to make another choice.
    I’m really enjoying your new format Kevin!

  9. Danielle says:

    Oh Man!!!!! Thank you so much for this!

  10. Veronica says:

    I blew it! Just today, I blew it! Didn’t have time to juice my vegetables, and had to grab something quick! Had to have my sugar fix, and ate the whole box of cookies…

    How am I fixing it? I ate a good salad for supper and am now having barley grass juice with powdered Vit. C. in water (to alkalize my body). I also added some powdered magnesium for the head ache I feel coming on.

    Tomorrow is a new day!

  11. Hi, Kev,

    Thank you for the nice piece reminding us all to be humble and forgiving of ourselves and others.

    Here’s some action steps that people can carry out if they have a “bad diet” day:

    Step 1: Think about what you did WELL with your diet that day, whatever that may be.

    Step 2: Forgive yourself. What’s done is done. There is only the next step.

    Step 3. Take one positive step to help create a new good diet day and use that success to take the next positive step.

    You may have additional steps in your own personal process. You may need to modify your steps according to circumstances. What ever the case, there is nothing like taking positive ACTION now to move you into a better frame of being. Remember, health is synergistic – diet, mental attitude, exercise level, social circle, work, etc. Taking action to create a better, more balanced day in each area will feed positively into other areas of your life.

    Have a great day and *Live Awesome*!


  12. Dinah says:

    It is so good to hear that even the “guru’s” have days that are less than perfect.
    Live awesome!
    (well, 99% of the time aint bad!)

  13. Matthew says:

    Thanks for keeping it real. Early in my journey, I would put the gurus and “experts” on a pedestal and marvel at how they supposedly never falter on their own journey. The truth is they are no better or worse than we are, they succumb to the same temptations, the same mistakes, the same failures. They would not want you to know this, but it’s true. And there is no shame or judgement in it. We just pick ourselves up and continue forward. Life happens, no one is perfect. We are all on our own journey, writing our own stories. With raw foods, there is no one size fits all. Some of us need meat, some not, some are all raw, some not. We need to listen to our own body, our own voice and decide what is best for us. Namaste!

  14. bernadette says:

    When I have a bad diet day, I usually have another bad diet day, that is worst than the first one, then maybe another worst one and it goes on until I feel sooo bad that I don’t have any other choice than to get back into good habits. Yes, I’d like to say something like “I forgive myself and get back on the right track the next day”, but in my world, it seems I need to really feel the suffering of the consequences on bad choices before I make any change.
    My strategy is to avoid bad dietary days by putting all my attention onto the greater goal of my diet changes, which is to be free and live an intense and purposeful life. When the emphasis is there, I don’t have bad dietary days. Maybe those bad days are there to remind us we are forgetting our greater purpose…. So they will be needed as long as our greater purpose isn’t firmly acknowledged in ALL our daily actions, and not only our actions related to foods.
    Thank you for triggering helpful reflections!

  15. Gayle says:

    How about you bid on the house of your dreams that you planned on for two years and lost it???

  16. Candice says:

    If not for multiple reboots I’d still be obese (and struggling to figure out what to do with my life, and missing out on the most amazing relationship, and more).I’m all for as many second chances as it takes.

  17. Shelley says:

    Thanks for posting this! Sometimes I feel like the only person this happens to. I try not to give myself too hard of a time over it and just keep moving forward. I do what I can and will get another shot at it tomorrow. 🙂

  18. Pamela says:

    Thanks so much for the reminder nobody is perfect. After a weekend of debauchery, making myself a lovely salad for dinner . . .

  19. Melissa says:

    Kevin i enjoyed the real life value of this. Amazing how a day can snowball. I think you showed good courage, though; take out food is high in MSG & i know what you mean by not eating til 9 pm. This is a real problem with the humid summer. So i made a pact with myself to give myself a curfew i would have to be back at home by 8 at the latest to have a green smoothie. This doesn’t always work. However, the opposite, just not eating and not participating in other people’s special days doesn’t win you many friends, either. Sometimes vegan food treats are a good idea to bring to birthday parties. Then you eat something good – even trailmix – with the small piece of something ‘not so good’. A friend of mine says she eats a raw salad before attending any event she knows is not raw food – even veggie pot lucks. “New vegetarians” are apt to show up with all the oldies but goodies from store bought desserts to deep fried samosas, pasta salad with mayo, a digestive chemical nightmare.

    So, good courage, anyway. Sometimes i just buy extra banaanas in my day – boring but it keeps me sane. Just try to avoid junky coffees & high sugar things dairy foods in summer, the usual.

  20. LLJackson says:

    Started my day with a fresh juice but went downhill from there. Just finished a brownie and cookie following macaroni and cheese for lunch and dinner……….and today was supposed to be the 3rd day of my 3 day juice fast. Thank goodness “tomorrow’s another day!”
    Thank you for the encouragement, I needed that today!

  21. Angela says:

    I love this- so real and a good reminder that we are not alone in having days like these!!!! Thank you Kevin!

  22. Rosemary says:

    I don’t believe that story is you. I believe it is a hypothetical situation.

    For me, I just go back to my green drink, juices, quinoa with seaweed, avocado, hemp seeds, pumpkin seeds, hempseed oil, nutritional yeast, and celtic sea salt. Comfort food that is good for me and easy to prepare. little tomatoes and basil from my garden. Yummm. Healthy can be tasty and yummy. I find that food that is bad for me doesn’t taste good anymore because what matters is how I feel after eating not just when I am eating it. When winter comes, I’ll add soups and hot teas.

  23. Jenny says:

    Much appreciate this frank slice of life, Kevin!
    I just keep trying to do better, without working myself over about the days, or meals, where I don’t or can’t put my health first.
    It’s better to be happy, yes ?

  24. George says:

    As I have now “baptised” my new blender, I will try to do more “practicing what I preach”. It is true that we don’t always put our health first and suffer the consequences. Perhaps there is such a thing as a “false happiness”.

  25. Meighan Gibson says:

    Thanks for this Kevin. 🙂

  26. Share Murphy says:

    I think I’ve only posted a couple of times on any website, ever…
    Thank you so much for the precious words of Widsom..
    With leaky gut, etc..eating needs to be my number one priority…Today, just went so wrong..So I let go of all Judgment..and start again.
    Today is the first day of the rest of your life.
    As I head off to bed..I thank the Divine Perfection for yet another lesson of Fogiveness..
    Keep going to all of YOU out there..I hear you..I’m with YOU..and the HOLY SPIRIT is holding our hands..
    Thank you so much for this post..Wiping the cookie crumbs from my face and smiling just like that funny piece of toast..
    Laugh. Laugh. Laugh. Breathe. Breathe. Breathe.
    Night world…sleep well, WHEN We MUST..WE CAN…xoxoxoxox

  27. Annette says:

    Nice one Kevin!

  28. Rev. Nagi Mato says:

    Celebrate everyday! If you have a “bad” one, that makes you human. No worries! If you ‘stew’ about it, that is just more ‘stuff’ to contend with. Let it go, be here now….”Emotions are like waves disappearing on the vast calm ocean”…
    Love yourself!

  29. Megan McGill says:

    Story of my life. So happy you wrote this, and thank you for the reminder.

  30. Kim says:

    As long as there is breath, there is hope! Thanks for the reminder!!!

  31. Catherine says:

    I soooo needed this today.

    My juicer broke last week. Smoothies don’t work for me–they make me feel sick. So I fell off the wagon more and more each day. Today was the worst!!!

    But tomorrow is a new day. Yesterday the part to replace the broken one for my juicer arrived in the mail. Back to juicing and back to my routine of healthy eating.

    I’m excited to get back to it!!!

    Now for this tummy ache I have from the ice cream….woof…

  32. Lesley says:

    Sometimes, for whatever reason, our willpower fades, circumstances don’t allow us to obtain the foods we would like to choose, old habits resurface and we succumb to them….if we feel guilty for too long, we are more likely to continue on the old path of those habits that over the long term may not be health promoting. Guilt is a negative emotion and negative feelings about our diet, our health and lifestyle habits will likely lead us to continue those very eating habits..
    Occasionally breaking a regular routine of eating healthy, and having treats or foods that don’t heal, means that we aren’t perfect, and this is a GOOD thing! Who wants perfection??? the costs are higher than the odd slip, as those thoughts create biochemical responses in the body which negatively impact your immune system. Eating a healthy diet in our environments already requires a high degree of ” alternative’ lifestyle, shopping and cooking habits, so if we falter, this just means we are human, and are able to ‘go with the flow’ to some degree.To go with the flow is less stressful on the body overall, so enjoy the indulgences and get back to basics right away! Don’t sweat the small stuff!

  33. Jacquie says:

    This is perfection, Kevin! It’s just what I needed to read after my long, crazy day. Thank you! 🙂

  34. Em says:

    Thanks Kevin – this is such a great reminder for me to be more gentle on myself re my ‘failures’ to measure up. I am so often very hard on and unforgiving of, myself…

    Interesting that quite a few people here think you are recounting your actual day’s ‘lapses’ rather than just giving a sample of the types of ‘lapses’ that do occur to all of us from time to time…I guess it’s a testament to how real and effective your story is:)

  35. SarahB says:

    Kevin: You tease! Can’t wait until we learn why you were with the two doctors…

    Great article! And thanks for making it real.

  36. Sundaram says:

    Hi Kevin,
    Sure was a bad day, huh!

    Listen, my philosophy is:


    So if there’s a ‘bad day’ here or there, that’s not what matters. What matters is what you are doing MOST of the days. THAT can make or break your health.

    Hope this helps someone…
    Live in peace … because you ARE peace,

  37. zyxomma says:

    When I have clients who are in generally good health, without any critical, immediate challenge, I advise them to be strict and disciplined for five days a week, and to choose the two days a week they usually have the fewest social obligations as their “weekend.”

    For five days a week, I advise them to lymphasize, dry skin brush, hydrate adequately, and eat only alkaline forming foods. On the other two days, they can have what they want; ANYTHING they want. I advise them that, over time, what they crave will change, as their bodies get used to nourishing, alkalizing food. It usually works.

    I got into this habit while working as a colonic hydrotherapist. Often, clients would greet me with something like, “I’ve been bad this week,” or “I cheated yesterday.” I always reassured them that perhaps they FELT bad, but that didn’t mean they WERE bad, or that they could only cheat themselves of feeling great.

    Everyone goes through weddings, reunions, get-togethers with friends from the past, etc. Some of us are more disciplined than others, but all of us are human, and no matter how good our aim, there are times we miss the mark.

    Health and peace.

  38. Nan says:

    Thanks Kevin. That was hillarious! Nice to know we all have days when we fail. But tomorrows another day to pick up the pieces and start over. Love your new format.

  39. LynnCS says:

    Gayle, #15. You beat me on the bad day scale. So sorry you lost that place. It’s heart breaking, I know. My day was considerably better altho I didn’t think so at the time. My Vitamix full of green smoothie blew up all over the kitchen and out into the adjacent carpeted area. I wanted to give it a “slow stir” and didn’t realize the High switch was on…And NO, I didn’t have the lid on! The worst part is that the drywall is raw. I am in the process of redoing my little kitchen and so it is impossible to clean it up without doing more damage. It is what it is. There’s no going back.

    I did manage to get one glassfull of smoothie in me before the eruption. When I look around I can always find someone who has it worse. I won’t trade and yes, I had some things today that were off track, but there is one thing I know and that is that overall my health is way better than before I started being raw vegan. Right now, I am not 100% raw and am finding what works best for me.

    Kevin, I appreciate your site, because you aren’t strident and that gives me the feeling that I’m not the only one still searching. Thanks, Lynn

  40. Chris says:

    Did this really happen to you Kevin? I don’t believe it.
    But brilliant anyway! Pretty much how my day goes at least once a week.

  41. sam says:

    Another reason we love you love you, Kev. You realize we are all human. You are real and you are honest. No pedestal for you. xoxo

  42. Fiona says:

    I don’t believe this – you must have seen my day coming! Bad night with my little girl so we ended up finally waking after some sleep at half nine. Decided as we were out for lunch at twelve to share a healthy breakfast of a bowl of orange and pineapple chunks. Dropped said bowl on the floor which broke and spilled fruit everywhere (how far can bits travel when that happens?). Turn to wheatfree toast – one slice with peanut butter and one with marmite(yeast extract). Oh and a raw chocolate crispy cakr for Mummy!
    Still I can try and make sure that my tea is raw and try to remember that I havent blown it, just taken an unintended detour on to days food. Love and best wishes to all.

  43. angela says:

    There is a line that I LOVE from the Movie Anne of Green Gables “everyday is fresh and new with no mistakes in it”.

  44. cagosg says:

    Thank you Kevin:

    I just started in your web site and ran across your wisdom.

    In today’s high tech society we live a live of isolation and hardly do not
    have a circle of friends or family with whom to share our daily disappointments so when you said “today wasn’t perfect” and see the many responses and comments on your posts, I can relate and realize that I am not alone.

    If it wasn’t for rebooting I wouldn’t have a life at a all

    Long live reboot.

    Thank you for your magic

  45. Kathleen says:

    Total health is cumulative, everyone fails from time to time and if we obsess about it, we can negate the good days with the stress we induce. Relax and work toward the “bad” days getting better. For instance, I actually plan for “bad” days by keeping some heathier “bad” stuff like not raw but relatively healthy bars in my car and my snack cupboard. I keep some bottled juice handy for making a smoothie when I don’t have time or don’t feel like juicing. I know myself well enough to know I will never be perfect, I started my health journey in my 40’s and have many old habits. Therefore, I give myself grace and keep upping the bar on my “bad” snacks. I have gone from Reese’s PB cups to Sundrops M & M’s when I really need a snack that raw nuts and raisins just won’t fix-mostly an emotional fix but I only have a few and then I get back to healthy eating. I have found that just keeping the dyes and nasty chemicals out of my choices helps tremendously. If we constantly deprive ourselves and don’t make provisions for the days that just don’t go as planned we are doomed to fail. I really believe that if 80% of the time we are eating healthy foods, we will reduce our stress levels thereby increasing our health in other ways. Food is made to save you, not to kill you as my Dad used to say!

  46. Joanne says:

    WOW, you just described my week….LOL
    Thanks for the reboot! That’s what I usually do….I don’t let it get me down. My grandkids moved in with me and along with them came all kinds of munchies that I don’t keep in the house. The only key to staying on my weightloss plan is to make sure that I have the right foods so I won’t splurge on the wrong ones. I’m not on a diet, so I didn’t blow it. I just look for one of my treats (nuts, apples & cheese, or just fruit in general) and munch away! Thanks for all your good advice too. When I read my emails it helps me stay on track!!! 🙂

  47. Eugeniya says:

    Priceless comments – don’t put more stress on yourself – we are all human. That’s right – there is always tomorrow!!!!!!!!!

  48. Brenna says:

    WOW. That was perfectly written. Thank you!!

  49. Angelica says:

    Hi Kevin,
    This is a great blog! It’s nice to have that reminder that we can start again the next day! Not everyday will be perfect and that’s okay. We just can’t give up!

  50. Mazinga says:

    That is exactly how I feel.
    I had the same weekend – friends over, eating out, drinking, leak of sleep. Looks bad but am happy is Monday I had to take a break.
    Started the day by juicing greens in the morning and taking some more with me in the office. Hopefully will make me feel less guilty 🙂

  51. Brianna says:

    You’re a soothsayer! haha, great article, once again Kev. Thanks!

  52. I love this article – I also love the comments about how we aren’t perfect and need to forgive ourselves (just as we forgive the people we care about). I love Sundaram’s philosophy – very true. It’s great to know that tomorrow will always give us a fresh start.

  53. Naomi says:

    Its known as Being Human!:]

  54. Scarlett says:

    Thank you! Great timing. I was just running through my head the “Now, how do I fix this mess?” dilemma. Today was filled with terrible choices and now I am feeling icky and guilty. I opened my email and read this post. Yes!!! Just what I needed. After all…tomorrow is another day.

  55. Mist says:

    Wash it all down with water. Drink lots of water to help the body process it all: the good, the bad, and the ugly. Take a nice shower or bath to refresh. Visualize standing under a magnificent waterfall and letting all the bad stuff flush away. Yes, tomorrow is a new day to start fresh.

  56. ellen says:

    we live moment to moment – just deal with the one you are in! Great job, kevin!

  57. Louise Lin says:

    Nice to see by all the comments I am not the only one who identified with having days like that. Thank God lately they are not as full of cooked food as that one. My health appreciates it a lot when I stay raw. Loved it! Thank you and thanks all those who commented. I enjoyed them too.

  58. jennifer says:

    THAT. Was TODAY.
    I made my big fresh green drink held it in my hand with nerve issues dropped it . it was downhill from there..

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