Run the numbers.
The ancient yogis wanted to have both health and happiness. There are multiple references in the Pradipika advising against unnecessary austerity. Life is meant to be satisfying, sweet, and pleasing to you.
So run the numbers in your own life. You have, basically, 21 meals a week. How many need to be healthy for you to be healthy? And how many need to be “unhealthy” for you to be happy?
For some, 21 healthy meals are exactly the right goal to make you both healthy and happy. For others, a treat night, a Sunday brunch, a regular lunch meeting, or a combination of things might be the ideal balance.
Guilt trips and shame are not happiness; knowing your numbers helps you eat, and cheat, with minimal backlash and maximum joy.
Start with 18 and adjust accordingly. 6 perfect breakfasts and Eggs Benny on Sunday? 6 perfect dinners and Friday night pizza and beer? 6 perfect lunches and one afternoon happy hour?
It’s yours to decide the right balance.
This strategy also works great if you are trying to have more meatless meals. Make a list of your favorite meatless dishes, and simply start increasing the frequency of eating them, one by one, until you arrive at a number that satisfies all your wellbeing goals.
Today, think about how the numbers work in your eating plan, and post a picture of today’s healthy meal.
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