If I may quote the wise and learned Spice Girls, in their song “Too Much” they sang, “Too much of something is bad enough,” then went on to sing, “Too much of nothing is just as tough.” Wise words. Of course, all jokes aside, there’s a lot of wisdom there. A life lived at the extremes is not a happy or fulfilling life, because you’re either depriving yourself of not just things you don’t need, but things you want, or you’re being a glutton. Part of the key of good living I think, is learning moderation and how it can be incredibly freeing. Speaking as someone who has struggled with weight all their life, learning what to cut out, what to keep but reduce, and what to eat more of is a delicate balance. I don’t eat a lot of salt and sugar anyway, but if I couldn’t have some french fries or chocolate every now and again, I’d go nuts. Obviously there are things you should have any of, or things you shouldn’t do, even just a small part of the time. No one is suggesting that a little bit of gambling or a little bit cocaine is preferable to a lot of gambling or a lot of cocaine. Neither are preferable. In fact, if you do either of those things, no matter in the quantity, you might want to head to rehab.
Perhaps the lesson we’re supposed to learn from the Spice Girls (Who thought those words would ever be typed anywhere???) is that if you really want to be happy, find the sweet spot where you allow yourself just enough to be satisfied, so you don’t feel the need to go too far in either direction.