July_2015Summer is here for most of us in the northern hemisphere and that means we can get out of doors and get active. Of course, the first barbecue of the season is often a memorable event for many of us as are the many fetes, fairs and carnivals to go to and enjoy.

In this issue as in many over the last few months, we list many of these in our festival feature so do be sure to take a look at that and see if there is one near you that you might like to go to and… If there are others coming up in the next few months be sure to let us know about them by dropping an email or using the contact form on the website https://lowcarbmag.com/contact-us

We all like to do the best we can in all that we do though frankly when you consider how busy we are nowadays, that’s a pretty tall order. Even so, there is so much pressure to do things perfectly including the well supported notion that perfection equals happiness.There are many voices from famous experts and gurus who chant out … “Just do this ‘thing I’m peddling’ perfectly and you will be happy and get all you want in life”.

The thing is, they know full well that no one ever can do ‘it’ perfectly and that’s most likely because the ‘thing’ or the ‘plan’ is in itself not perfect.

Yet many still believe and still try.

And they get disappointed vowing only to try harder and be more perfect because they have faith that by doing so they will obtain their goals and get the prize.

I don’t know about you but to me – doesn’t that sound like a religious edict or something a cult leader would make out to be an absolute truth.

I’m not going to insult you by assuming you can’t see where this is going – I’m going to let you come to your own conclusions.

Though I am going to let you in on a little secret that’s allowed many people to have far more success in what they do than any perfectionist I have ever
met – and that’s the use of the “Minimum Effort for Maximum Result” method.

That simply means you do only as much as is needed to get the maximum amount of effect for your trouble.

Such that doing any more would not give any more noticeable increase in the results obtained.

A couple of examples of that would be something like eating more spinach to get say Vitamin A, or vitamin K or iron, than your body can absorb or need.

Let’s say your critical carbohydrate intake to stay in ketosis is 56 grams a day so you make sure to stay under say 50 grams just to add a margin of error. Going
down to 35 won’t have any greater effect and neither will trying to get to zero.

Even though there may be supposedly well respected voices saying you should.

The biggest advantage of the “Minimum Effort for Maximum Result” method though is that it frees us of the religion of perfectionism. And the time and effort you gain by doing things ‘well enough’ can be put to much more rewarding activities than simply beating yourself up because you’re not perfect.

Kendall Kendrick touches on this and much more in our interview with her in this issue – so do check that out, along with all the other great items we have
got lined up for you in this ‘nearly’ perfect issue of Low Carb Mag.

Until next time,

Mark Moxom

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