what exactly does "moderation" mean!?

by 325 · January 25, 2013 at 11:02 PM

By this, I mean apples, bananas, almonds....things that have either a higher suger content or Omega-6 content. I do CrossFit 4-5 days/week, and I eat either an apple or a banana a day, along with about 20 almonds. So, is moderation meaning once/day, week, what??? I still have about 15 pounds to lose, so I want some clarification. BTW- I eat these things before I workout for a good energy boost. If I am eating more than "moderation", any other pre-workout ideas? (I am a woman) thanks!

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18794 · January 25, 2013 at 06:39 PM

"Moderation" means something different to every person. I strongly hate hearing people say "Everything in moderation ...", because it doesn't mean anything. It makes me ask, "Okay then, how much is a moderate amount of cigarettes? Heroine?" I think you get my point.

However, to answer your question ... to have a "moderated amount of something" would mean that you are only taking in as much as to not put you off whatever course you are on. In your case, doing CrossFit, I would say that you may want to moderate your intake of much less nutrient dense, high fructose foods (e.g. those apples) and allow yourself somewhat more starch rich fruits and tubers (e.g. those bananas, but better: plantains, taro, cassava, sweet potatoes, potatoes, etc).

I can't see ~1oz/day of almonds being detrimental to CrossFit related needs, but you may want to moderate your intake of them if you have ulterior motives as well: weightloss, reducing omega 6 intake, etc.

When do you work out? The best thing you can do for a general workout is "tank up" your liver glycogen stores. For most, this means a nice serving of a starchy food the night before a morning routine. Assuring that liver glycogen is "tanked" promotes using those stores when the body needs glycogen, instead of the much more expansive (but hard earned) glycogen stores bound up in muscle. Transitioning from liver glycogen to other stores, mid workout, is the basis of the phenomenon known as "hitting the wall."

325 · January 25, 2013 at 08:00 PM

thanks for the answers so far. i'm not trying to go along with the "buzz words"- just trying to figure out Paleo. some sites say it's ok, others say to limit things- without explaining the LIMIT, which means something different to everyone. in response, i work out right after work, which is why i eat a banana or apple before i go (at 4:30; I eat a full, paleo lunch at 1:00). I also do eat sweet potatoes about 2-3 times/week. i guess i just find all the info frustrating since so much seems to be contradictory or vague. but i still love paleo and see/feel how good it is for me! what can i eat to replace the friut and nuts for easy, at-work snacks before working out?

7944 · January 25, 2013 at 07:04 PM

Companies like Coca Cola are coming out fighting against the growing anti-sugar movement--take a look at some of their recent ads. And the term "moderation" is key--you will hear all about how even sugary soft drinks can be part of a "well-balanced" diet if you practice "moderation". It's a stupid buzzword--as someone above pointed out, moderation in cigarette smoking or arsenic intake makes no sense. Moderation in sugar laden (or artificially sweetened) soft drinks makes no sense either.

If you're trying to lose weight and being successful with your fruit and nuts, that's all you need to know. If you're stuck, try eliminating one or the other or both, and see what happens. Find your own level of "moderation".

5814 · January 25, 2013 at 11:02 PM

Personally, if I want to be in a weight loss mode, I can eat VERY LITTLE fruit. I had to change my mindset from "how much can I eat?" to "how little can I eat and stay sane?" Apples and bananas will stall me every time. I usually eat a cup of blueberries before CrossFit, and that's my fruit for the day.

Here's a comment I made on another post with some portable, non-nut, snack ideas:


741 · January 25, 2013 at 06:49 PM

It doesn't mean anything.

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