Yogi diet: The problem with moderation
Bobbie and I have been a bit quiet on the raw / wheat-free diet front lately, but we are still going strong — probably even a bit stronger during the past month or so.
We continue to get every cent’s worth from our Vita-Mix and the only bread we’ve had has been baked in our house (from flour we’ve ground) and made from heritage grains.
But that isn’t really where I think the “improvement” has come. I wish it were — because I’m a bit worried about the real source.
As extreme as our diet is, we’ve always considered it to be moderated by a meal or two during the weekend when we “fall off the wagon.” It might be pizza. Or Mexican food. Or something involving wheat and bread.
It was enough to keep us on the path of moderation.
Disturbingly, to me at least, is that these “falls” have been less frequent for the past month or more. The solid Cuban sandwich place that we can walk to? It’s off the list. It just isn’t worth the wheat intake and the after-effects — we can feel the weight of what we’ve consumed.
More and more places are joining it. In other words, fewer and fewer places are worth the consequences.
So much for moderation.
And this, it strikes me, might be the problem with moderation — it can moderate you to an extreme. We’ve had fewer “bad meals” lately, and so when we do we really can tell. We feel it. And as a result, we really don’t want to feel that way. And so instead of pizza we buy a corn meal crust and build our own pseudo-pie.
But I don’t want pseudo-pie. I want the pizza one gets in Italy, that’s so thin and covered with olive oil and the right amount of cheese and sauce…
Except, I don’t now.
And I’m not sure I like this development. Is the yoga (and the knowledge of how our Western food affects us) now making my life better, or worse? If it is worse, am I missing the point — or have I lost the point?
By the way, we recognize that our diet isn’t sattvic (and there’s way too much vegetables), but what we’ve learned about the food we get — whole grains included — makes it clear that not very much of the American/Western diet is.
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