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Freedom through Restraint

I loved this post about restraint leading to freedom from consumption. It resonates strongly with me and I’m trying to adopt these principles to my everyday life with varying levels of success depending on the nature of the temptation! For example this week, despite my mostly grain free diet, I gorged on delicious dumplings at a new restaurant with my colleagues and I’m sure they were wrapped in a wheat flour dough but I happily made an exception.

I think that it’s important to have a paradigm and then to be flexible within the constraints rather than being rigid; shades of grey rather than black and white. I also think that we humans have a tendency to kid ourselves that we are exhibiting regular restraint when actually our lives are one long series of exceptions. So I’m careful to monitor my consumption and apply a 90% rule so that less than 10% of my consumption is outside the paradigm. Have a read of this elegantly argued post and let me know what you think!

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This entry was posted on May 10, 2014 by in Books & Ideas and tagged , , , .
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