As I have moved to paleo, which can be seen as extreme by non-Paleos, people keep banging on about all things in moderation. You know, "live a little" "everything in moderation" etc.
It's only taken me 34 years but I realise I cannot do moderation - even when I was following SAD. Plus my recent epic sugar binge just proves it.
Robb wolf covered it in his most recent podcast (81)
so can you do moderation?
Moderation is how I get by day to day haha. I grew up with the moderation lifestyle so for me it comes naturally. Its one of those things that takes severe determination if you haven't grown up around it.
I like my 1oz of chocolate at night :p
It depends. I strive to be more moderate now that weight loss is not my primary goal but sometimes I fail miserably. A few weeks ago I decided to see if I could work bananas back into my diet as they are one of my favorite foods on the planet. I planned to eat them on WODs. I bought 3 to last the week. Ate one as planned but then the devil took a hold of my brain and the other two were gone within 10 minutes. No bananas for me at least no time soon.
It would appear that macadamia nuts are also an issue for me so those are about to exit my life at least for a while. Cheese had to go for the most part when I could not make a pound of it last more than a day or two. Darn.
I can, however, moderate certain foods like dark chocolate, potatoes and rice which used to be problematic and therefore completely off limits for me.
I used to not be able to do moderation. However, I've had to learn moderation. It's the only way I managed to overcome my binge-eating disorder. I'm going to have to face food every. single. day. for the rest of my life; I can't simply pretend that chocolate or bananas do not exist.
I love eating, and I love eating delicious food. If I even hint at restriction, I'll binge. So for me, it's the other way around: I have to "permit" myself to eat anything I want, and only then can I decide if I want to eat it or not. I have to eat a banana and chocolate every day. Even if I don't eat them, I promise myself I can have them at any time. Some days I don't even wind up eating my daily allotment because I gave myself permission to have it and instead elected to eat something else.
That said, sometimes my brain chemistry gets wonky by the chemicals in certain foods or fluctuating hormones (ice cream + PMS = disaster), resulting in me circling said certain food like a shark, wringing my hands with anxiety, to pick it up and sniff it then put it away again only to pull it out again and pick tiny crumbs off it. Even then, I don't binge on the food, though I do become somewhat obsessed with it until it's gone. Yay for having OCD! xD
(Fortunately, I don't regard things like gluten or dairy or other poisons as "food" so they're not triggers for me. Cakes and cookies can sit in the house and I'll ignore them because they're as much food to me as the plastic they're covered with.)
No moderation ability here either, although InvisibleSpacePickle knows I've tried. When I wanted to quit smoking, I tried tapering off dozens of times. I quit cold turkey once, and that was that -- I was done.
One of the (several) reasons I'm zero-carb is that there's no such thing as a "little bit" with me. If I can have some, I can have it all. It's amazing to me how much of a lawyer I turn into when trying to define "allowed amounts" and the meaning of the word "today," lol.
I do think some people are good at moderation. My husband is (dang it!). But I also have to say I hear people describe themselves as being moderate, and yet they're not really able to do it at all. I work with a woman who wants to be Paleo -- read Robb Wolff and all that -- but says she needs to be "moderate" about it, which apparently includes three donuts every Thursday (donut day at our office) and daily sodas.
what exactly does "moderation" mean!? 5 Answers
Where is the middle way? 15 Answers