It’s striking to me how much a relatively small change can have a proportionately much larger effect on our lives.
For example, for the next few days I’m on a somewhat restricted diet. No nuts, no fruits, lots of bland stuff like cottage cheese, applesauce, and so on.
I’m not a “foodie.” I don’t get too worked up about what I eat aside from these days watching my carbs and watching my weight. But eating a healthier diet has never been an issue with me, so I don’t feel deprived.
But when you take away a chunk of those food options, even some of the healthy ones, I find that my daily habits start to bump up against a steady stream of “Wait, can I eat that? No?! Shazzbatt!!” moments.
It’s not the end of the world. I’m not starving. I’m not dying. But I do have to think and be aware of an array of new things that before were just habit, reflex, or background processes.
That’s a pain in the ass!