Good Better Best

by Dr. Wendy Schauer, D.C., R.K.C. on May 17, 2012

I think many of us get hung up on being perfect with our eating and exercise program.  We have to eat organic, no sugar, no alcohol, no this and no that.  We have to exercise an hour every day.  This “perfect” program is setting us up for failure.

I was recently at a health seminar and it was the first time I heard Good - Better - Best and I loved it.  I am an all or nothing girl.  Black or white, no shades of gray.  Well that hasn’t worked so well for me or many of my patients or millions of people in the world.

I read a blog post recently from Margarita Slavkova where a woman came to a pool to swim and there were only 5 minutes left before it closed.  What would you do?  Would you take the 5 minutes and get some exercise or would you leave?  This woman chose to leave. 

I would like you to start changing your thinking into the Good -Better -Best mindset.  It may have not been the best, the “perfect” amount of exercise, but it was a good choice.  She should have taken the 5 minutes.  If you add up all of the 5 minutes you could do in a day, like parking 5 minutes from your destination and walking briskly, you would start to change the state of your health.

You know you are supposed to eat organic, that you can’t be healthy without it.  So what happens if you are a pop tart eating, pop drinking, potato chip eating person and you just eat any vegetables, even if they aren’t organic?  Wouldn’t you start getting healthier?

Good is just any vegetables, better is store bought organic, best is farmers market (or home grown)  locally grown organic vegetables.

Good is 5 minutes of exercise, better is 15 minutes of exercise, best is 30+ minutes of exercise.

Now you can choose what fits.  Just doing something different than what you are doing today will start to make changes.  What is great is you can apply Good-Better-Best to everything in your life.

Yours In Health!

Dr. Wendy


Body Language: Secrets Of The Neck May 17, 2012 at 1:53 PM

thank you for the mention. I always take what is offered. It was a huge leap from my cultural upbringing. I was shy – it was considered to be a great quality of a young girl. Now I know that we deserve everything, even when compressed in one second or one breath. I am grateful for the good, the better or the best.

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Dan May 17, 2012 at 1:58 PM

if good is the worst you can do on any given day, and your habit is better or best, you are well on the way to being your very best.

Bryan May 17, 2012 at 2:51 PM

You are 100% right…people always try for the perfect…when they don’t it ends up to the nothing…

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Lyle R. Johnson: The Sales Wizard & Mentor May 17, 2012 at 5:27 PM

I like the good, better , best … I understand (Harvard Med School) that every glass of red wine adds 5 minutes to your life … which is a moot point because if you add enough “5 minutes”, then you do not care about longevity. lol

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sonya lenzo May 17, 2012 at 5:49 PM

That good better best approach is something tht anyone can embrace.\its both simple and powerful.
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Cherie Miranda May 17, 2012 at 6:05 PM

It’s great to point out that any change in the right direction is a good change. There’s no way to be perfect, and life wouldn’t be any fun if we were perfect every time.

Cherie Miranda

Annie Born May 17, 2012 at 9:31 PM

Dr Wendy – Good, Better, Best!
Yet again Amazing Info!
Looking forward to tomorrow!
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Tomatodos Peru May 18, 2012 at 6:34 AM

What do you think of instead of just doing exercise for 30min, use the stairs every time you have during the day. Is that the same?
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Michael D Walker May 19, 2012 at 10:45 PM

I really like the good, better, best motto. Thanks for sharing it!

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Lyle R. Johnson: The Sales Wizard & Mentor May 20, 2012 at 11:07 AM

I agree that too many people short change themselves – the example cited by Margarita – whereas the Good, Better, Best approach provides benefit.

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