I read a headline the other day stating; “After eating everything in moderation for years, this man changed to a whole-food, plant-based lifestyle, and cured his hypertension, diabetes, and lost quite a bit of weight.” It got me thinking. How many times has someone asked me how I stay fit (looking) at the age of 67. When I tell them that I eat predominantly WFPB, they say, “I could never do that … I eat everything in moderation”
Honestly, I can remember a time when I decided that’s how I wanted to eat. After trying many different “diets”, trying to lose weight and feel healthy and regain my energy - sure - everything in moderation sounded like a reasonable plan. What could go wrong?
What Does Moderation Mean?
Here’s what I discuss in my book, “Freedom From a Toxic Relationship With Food: A Journey That Will Give You Your Life Back”, about “everything in moderation”:
- Moderation is a subjective word. To somebody who eats lots of candy multiple times during the day, moderation might be lots of candy just once a day. And to someone who eats a bag of potato chips everyday, eating 1/2 a bag is moderation.
- It is actually harder to moderate unhealthy foods than to eliminate them from our diet. The large food companies very purposefully process additives into our packaged foods to make them addictive. So reducing the intake of something like potato chips, does not eliminate the cravings; whereas removing these same potato chips from your diet will give your body, and your taste buds time to adjust. Your health and weight will improve by eating healthy whole food instead of the potato chips, with no negative side effects.
- The word ‘everything’ in the title of this blog is also suspect. NO, we should not be eating everything in moderation. I am a proponent of eating little to no highly processed foods. For example, if there is a choice to be made between eating processed cereal or eating a bowl of oatmeal, then by all means eliminate the processed cereal, rather than considering some of each. Likewise, if you are eating bread, and want to benefit nutritionally, then be sure to choose whole grain bread over breads that are made with highly processed flours
Everything in moderation has become the ‘excuse’ (sorry if I sound judgmental) for not altering your food choices in favor of eating much more plant-centric whole-foods.
Think about that when you purchase packaged foods. By all means, Read The Ingredients and know what you are getting.