Definition of perfectionism- a person who refuses to accept any standard short of perfection.
We hear a lot of people throw around the idea that they are a “perfectionist”. The self proclaimed perfectionists usually wear it like a badge of honor and are somehow even more perfect for letting the world know they are perfectionists. Let me tell you from a true perfectionists point of view. It is NOT a good thing. I have been holding onto this recipe for almost two months. Why didn’t I release it? I was not happy with the picture below (scroll down to see) that went along with the recipe. Why not, you ask? The spinach looks wilted (it’s not actually wilted, we all know this is just what cooked spinach looks like) but in food photography, most food you prepare for a photo actually gets photographed BEFORE it’s fully cooked, just for this reason. Dislikes continued -the tomatoes in the background are dented, and the extra bbq sauce I sprinkled on top for a “yummy effect” ended up looking more like a crime scene. So I waited. And waited some more, until I had time to re-do the shoot so everything could be picture perfect. See perfect picture above (spoken in jest). It got me thinking, or realizing something about myself. Real life is not full of do overs, and nothing is always picture perfect! And your pizza WILL actually look more like the bottom picture when you take it out of the oven. So now, instead of beating yourself up and feeling bad that your homemade pizza did not turn out as beautiful as my perfect picture above, you can feel good about yourself while you are eating your pizza. It may not look perfect but I promise you’ll enjoy it. This picture below is much like life. Messy, imperfect, sometimes a little battered, but still delicious!
I am learning to embrace and accept the fact that I am not perfect and I am trying hard not to strive for perfection. In the past, if I wasn’t my best on any given day as a wife, a mother, a friend, or at work, I felt as if I had to start all over from scratch and try to be perfect the next day. What does that type of thinking lead to? Feelings of not being deserving, as well as it creates expectations of others to do everything in the same manner we would, and it sets us up for perpetual failure. As the saying goes,“Perfectionism is self-abuse of the highest order.” So ease up on yourself and learn to enjoy those imperfect moments as much as the perfect ones. If I allow myself to look at the positive side of things, my original imperfect pizza photo lead me to write this perfect post. Kidding (sort of).
- Namaste gluten free Pizza Crust Mix (does not contain yeast/wheat/sugar)
- Mozzarella Cheese
- Chicken Breast
- Barbeque Sauce - we all know bbq sauce is typically full of sugar so the options I use are either use Nature's Hollow brand which is sweetened slightly with xylitol or the recipe below from Doug Kaufmann's book "Eating your way to good health"
- 2 tablespoons melted butter
- 2 tablespoons chopped green bell pepper
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup tomato juice
- 2 teaspoons mustard power
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon celery seed
- 2 tablespoons honey or (stevia to taste)
- 2 teaspoons lemon juice
- Prepare pizza crust as directed on box. Take out of oven and add desired amount of bbq sauce, mozzarella cheese, spinach and chicken. Place back in the oven for approximately 10 minutes or until cheese has melted. Enjoy!