When you think of someone who lives by the philosophy "everything in moderation," you might assume they're a well-balanced person with healthy eating habits. And it makes sense, as for there has been countless research on why restricting your diet can only lead to binging in the long run.
While moderation could mean better nutritional choices, all the guilty pleasures tend to add up quickly. If this was a typical week of "moderation," would you really be making "healthy" choices?
Day 1: A donut at work.
Day 2: A low-fat pastry with a caffeinated beverage like coffee, which comes complete with sugar and milk.
Day 3: It's pizza night!
Day 4: It's someone's birthday at work, so you're having cupcakes.
Day 5: Just a handful of yummy chocolate from the candy dish.
Day 6: There's a wine and cheese party, so you're having a couple glasses and a few nibbles of the good stuff.
Day 7: Game day! You're opting for hot wings and a couple of beers.
This idea of moderation looks a lot more like unhealthy habits that are taking a toll, as eating the same fattening or sugary foods once a day doesn't do the body any good.
Here are some things to remember about what it means to be healthy.
There's no such thing as a superfood.
In recent history, certain foods have been thrown into a category called "superfoods" for their highly healthy attributes. The problem with this term is that we shouldn't see foods that are good for us as "healthy," we should simply see them as the number one choice to fill our bodies with on a regular basis.
When we tell ourselves we are going to "eat healthy today" we are seeing this as a goal, but not as a part of our regular lives. When we give such hierarchy to foods, we don't see them as something we need all the time, rather we see them as foods that, if consumed, will make us feel better about ourselves. You're also giving yourself a pass to eat one bad thing. But this is resulting in an imbalance, which your body does not like.
The chemical-ridden items we label "junk food" tend to wreak havoc on our bodies. It's not just an indulgence, it's a destruction.
You can't tell yourself you're "good" or "bad" because of what you eat.
You can't play mind games with yourself this way. Telling yourself that you ate "good" today will only promote permission to eat "bad" tomorrow. Your food choices don't define you as a person.
You're not alone.
The problem with this is that it's put in our faces all the time, so many people believe this philosophy to be the right one, making it even harder to say no. But regardless of how many people feel the same way, it's important to note that things just aren't as simple as eating in moderation.
The true takeaway is that you need to make eating "good" and "healthy" a normalcy, and take away the power of seeing yourself as better for it, and replace it with necessary. As for junk food, you should consume small amounts of it rarely, not a little bit per meal, or per day.
Have you been living by this philosophy and noticed it hasn't helped you out mentally or physically?
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