The “Middle Path” in Diet

I wonder if we followed Lord Buddha’s advice of “Middle Path” in our diet would the widespread obesity problem have occurred. In his “Thought for the Day” Shri Easwaran talks about the value of following the Middle Path in our diet and everything else over going for the extremes. He also points out that following the Middle Path is not easy.:(

I have inserted his advice below.



Lunch kills half of Paris, supper the other half.


I suggest eating moderately. Fasting may not be as easy as feasting, but after a while it is not too different. Both are extremes. It is not hard to go the extreme way, but what is really difficult is neither to fast nor to feast, but to be moderate in everything we do. This is what the Buddha called the Middle Path. It requires great artistry and vigilance. Instead of negating the body and senses, we train them to be valuable instruments.

I try to eat good, wholesome food in temperate quantities in order to strengthen the body. If my body is not strong, I cannot contribute to the welfare of society, and I cannot give the best account of myself in life. We harness our physical, mental, and intellectual capacities not to make money or achieve power or fame, but to use these faculties to make our contribution to life.

The Thought for the Day is today’s entry from Eknath Easwaran’s Words to Live By.

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