Post # 17
It really depends. You can have a small bit of chocolate every day and that’s still moderation. When I was a teenager, I’d sit down and eat a whole pizza (~6 slices) 5x a week. Now? We have pizza maybe once a week or a couple of times a month and I eat 2-3 slices.
Post # 18
For me, moderation basically boils down to “don’t eat/drink something unhealthy unless you’re really maximizing the enjoyment you’re going to get out of those extra calories.” Soda, fast food, and most chips don’t really appeal to me, so “moderation” is consuming them just a few times per year if ever. On the other hand, I love ice cream and will end up eating way more of other healthier things that I enjoy less to try to compensate for its absence if it’s not around. If I’m trying to cut back or maintain my current weight, better to eat an extra 90 calories of ice cream twice a week than consume an additional 150 calories of fruit every day because my sweet tooth is freaking out. So moderation in ice cream might mean two tablespoons every day rather than going without and thinking obsessively about ice cream all day every day.
I think of it sort of like learning to dress your body. Everyone has good features that they should emphasize when dressing, and similarly, almost everyone has some strengths when it comes to diet and exercise. In my case, I don’t eat meat and adore vegetables, so eating meals composed primarily of vegetables with smaller portions of proteins/carbs comes very naturally to me. On the other hand, everyone has some “problem areas”–in my case, a sweet tooth and excessive affection for dairy products. Learning to accommodate your problem areas within your diet by adjusting other factors (total calories, exercise, etc.) rather than try to eliminate them by force of will is key to “moderation” and any diet that will work for you over the long haul.
Post # 19
I am a really picky eater and I love junk food. Due to my pickiness, it’s been very difficult to diet because I don’t like most vegetables and I only like certain fruits.
So for me, moderation is still eating what I want throughout the week but in much smaller portions. I still try to incorporate fruit and veggies though in order to build up my tolerance and to stop being so picky.
It’s a tough and ongoing process. I swear, if I weren’t so picky, dieting would be so much easier!
Post # 20
- Wedding: August 2013 - The Liberty House
@finnaroo: I didn’t know they had an extra weekly splurge allowance, that’s interesting
@adoc86: lol! They have conditioned you to crave dessert with their presence =)
@mrssrm: that’s a good way to think about it!