Two Situations

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Situation One:

It’s raining outside.

You have to run to your car, but on the way, your foot gets stuck on the crack in the sidewalk and you fall to the ground.

On the way down, you fling your umbrella into the lawn.

You feel the rain on your back — soaking through your clothes.

You’re miserable. You can’t believe how stupid we were to trip, particularly on a day like today.

At this moment you have a choice.

You can stay on the ground for a week or so — getting colder, upset about your misstep.

Or you can get up quickly, go back in the house, put on some dry clothes and try again.

I’m pretty sure I know which one you’ll choose.

Situation Two:

You just started your new, healthy diet.

You’re at a party with your family, but while you’re there, you end up breaking your promise to yourself and you eat way too much cake.

Bite after bite, you toss aside all the willpower that you built up in the car on the way there.

You feel the fat literally forming on your hips, thighs and belly.

You’re miserable. You can’t believe how stupid you were to trip up so badly, particularly when you were doing so good.

At this moment you have a choice.

You can continue your binge for weeks — feeling sorry for yourself, beating yourself up for your failure.

Or you can get up quickly, go back home, get some sleep and start new tomorrow.

For this one, the answer seems obvious, but faced with the situation we tend to pick the wrong one.

Ultimately, there’s no reason your solution to the second should be any different than the first.

Your question of the day: What do you do when you slip up?

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. Esther says:

    I read this and started laughing so hard I started to tear up. You’re silliness made me laugh but definitely made a point. One mistake doesn’t mean you’re destined for doom and destruction. Have a great day! Oh…by the way…have you ever tried to navigate the crazy world of gluten free? My son was recently diagnosed as having high functioning autism. Many parents I’ve talked to since blogging about it swear by the diet, however, I’m a vegetarian and gluten is in almost everything! It’s frustrating. Just thought I’d ask.

    • Thomas says:

      Esther, there are a lot of gluten-free choices. You do have to eliminate wheat, rye, bulgar, etc., but there are rice flours, almond flours, coconut flours, etc. out there. Go to and type in “gluten free” and you will see a myriad of selections that can give you ideas.

    • The slipping up can apply to more than food. How about meditation….
      On food, yes to Thomas re gluten free.
      To Esther: I have some close experience with high functioning autism. If you like you can call or email me through my website for more hopefully helpful details.

      And with the gluten free shopping beware of too much sweet and starch. Better to increase other healthy food and find new ones you hadn’t thought much about.
      One way –this also applies to other than gluten free diets –is to see in the blood type book what foods are good for you that you might have ignored before.

      I haven’t posted often but I do so appreciate and enjoy this discussion community.

    • Maureen says:

      You can also search for gluten free vegan blogs. I subscribe to several as I am vegan and have friends who need/want to be GF.

      If you need specific recipes just e-mail me and I will send you some xxx

  2. nomi says:

    Heh heh. Here’s the dividing line in being a successful vegan, raw fooder, vegetarian, athlete..etc..but it’s especially true of FOOD. Ya can’t get away from it. Here’s that dividing line-you ‘slip up’ (according to your inner code), you get over it immediately…and just start doing ‘it’ again (your food plan, your protocol, your work outs).
    Simple. Not always easy; but simple

  3. Jean says:

    It’s all about honoring our humanity, yes? Sometimes I think we screw up so we can learn this lesson over and over again until we can say, ok, I’m human, laugh and move on. Helps us honor other’s humanity as well.

  4. Jonathan says:

    Awesome article! Very good point.

  5. erinb says:

    brush yourself off and get back on track

    live life with puropse…
    but also live it with forgiveness and sometimes it is you,
    you need to forgive and move on!

  6. Love the new blog site 🙂

  7. shivie says:

    Great article Kevin and so very true how we “divorce” ourselves from our senses when it comes to our diet (as in thinking one slip is the end and the start of a binge)…On my journey to release 70lbs and so much more in emotional baggage, I have definitely becomes friends with the chinese proverb:

    fall down 7, get up 8

    It’s never too late to get back up and dust ourselves off, chalk it down to experience, and move forward…

  8. lizzy says:

    so so true, there’s this inner voice, that wants to continue to mess up, once you started. I just force myself to drink lots of water, and usually some sea salt, take some bitter herbs, this usually helps to rebalance, alkalize the system, and move the stuff out, so you can feel better, and not continue with a whole week of cravings.

  9. deika says:

    sleep over it and keep walking…

  10. Allan says:

    Hi Kevin,
    Your timing is amazing! I tripped and fell pretty hard into a jar of almond butter last night. I tried to climb out using carrots and celery but I kept sliding back in. After a half cup of almond butter and a half-pound of carrots I got the “big balloon belly at bedtime” thing. OUCH!
    There’s hope for me though. After reading the comments, I’ve decided to start the day with a food plan (thanks Nomi), forgiveness for myself and others (thanks erinb) and a fifth of water, sea salt and bitter herbs (thanks lizzy). And thank you Kevin for your unique way of helping me recognize the craziness of my justifications for beating myself up.

    • charlotte says:

      Wow Allan that was really funny and so true. I am sitting here disgusted with myself and wondering why I cant lose 25 pounds …why it is such a monumental task and I say to myself, well you must not really want to lose it or you would do it. You would discipline yourself and you would just do it. Sometimes I think I may as well have to lose 100 lbs because it seems so far out of reach. I am thinking I need to find a diet buddy or someone to hold me accountable. I think I will look for an Overeaters anonymous program! Thank you KEVIN and ALlan ….I find reading the comments so encouraging! It helps to hear what others are going through and Kevin’s story approach is so interesting, poignant and helpful! Have a great day everyone!

    • Cyndi says:

      Hi Allan. Think of it this way….it could have been a carton of ice cream or a drive-through binge. Almond butter and veggies?….not really a big deal in the big scheme of things. Try to be less hard on yourself 🙂
      Peace and Love!

  11. kfitz says:

    I just laugh at myself for over indulging and then honor it and move on.

    BTW, my grandson recently turned two and my mom baked a really adorable owl cake for him. Very cute and by the looks of it, uber sweet. Years ago I said I would allow myself to eat a piece of my grandchildren s cake on their birthdays but this year, I passed and it felt good. Of course, it wasn’t chocolate so that made it much easier!

  12. Nick says:

    Excellent analogy, my friend! It takes a love (more like respect) for yourself to get back up the next morning, forgive yourself, and try again. Feeding off the failure and telling yourself you don’t want to be like that really helps to boost me through a long string of victories. Then one day you reach a point that your taste buds are completely changed and food like that is not even a temptation anymore!

  13. Cheryl says:

    Hi Esther, I know how hard it is when you are confronted with going gluten free. If you are not ‘raw’ and if you eat eggs, then there is a great site called Elana’s pantry, and she has some terrific gluten free baked stuff using almonds and coconut and her recipes are mostly grain free. There are also other sites that you can access from her website. I have made quite a few of her muffins and breads and they are really good. Try also to look up coconut flour recipes as they are also very good. There are also many recipes using cooked beans as a base from muffins and breads and I have even made a flax seed bread. There are also quite a few recipes around that are egg free, grain free, dairy free and even sugar free. I have collected quite a few very nice recipes through these sites.

  14. Velda says:

    Good parallels, Kevin. Makes you stop and think. When I mess up, I certainly feel disappointed in myself, but I start over the next day. I also take a look at how far I have come and really, the fact that “eating a lot of cake” even bothers me is way ahead of where I was before. I would just eat whaterever there was wherever I happen to be and with whomever I happen to be with. So, as least now I have the awareness to feel disappointed :). Hope that makes sense.

    I had no idea people were having a problem receiving your blogs. As far as I know I have not missed any and I have gmail.

    Thanks Kevin for giving us something to think about.

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