Moderation: How do you define it?
When I am on plan I am at peace. I am living a life consistent with my own values and in harmony with my own body. There is no battle. I believe that is what the Buddha was describing. I don't think he meant eating a candy bar because you're so hungry from calorie restriction and then telling yourself it's OK because nobody's perfect and you need moderation. I may be wrong but that's my definition.
I'm sure Dr. McDougall didn't intend for his food plan to be the answer to all spiritual, physical and societal maladies but that's what it is for me. I feel grateful today and at peace.
Kelly, I absolutely LOVE your definition of moderation...you are talking about true balance in all of life! When did we turn this concept inside out and upside down to justify our desire for unhealthy foods??? I guess, WE didn't, it's more like that's what our consumer culture has done. As in, "Oh don't deny yourself, or you'll just overindulge later." As if we are incapable of finding balance in life.
Your perspective is so profound. When I am living in simplicity and not ruled by gluttony (or greed), I can find balance (moderation) in life. And only then can I live in a place of "enough" instead of always longing for "more." And yet, in all of it, there is room to forgive myself and move on when I'm not perfect...because perfectionism is bondage, not balance.
Great post! Thanks for giving me so much to think about!
"Transformation occurs in our willingness to continue facing the truth of who we are, regardless of how threatening or unpleasant the reality might be. It means hanging in there, learning our own mind tricks and how they defeat us, recognizing our avoidances, acknowledging our lapses, and finally, learning that we cannot handle ourselves." ~The Last Addiction