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Moderation, Not Deprivation

Sunday, March 03, 2013

It was an interesting perspective for me to consider when I tried SparkPeople for the second time in September 2012. That I should start my journey the way I intended to go so that I wouldn't feel overwhelmed, deprived, and eventually burn out from the restrictions I placed on myself. So I tentatively placed a toe in the "Moderation, not deprivation" pool and began to ease my way in.

Early days when I re-learning portion control, I allowed it a couple times a week, scared that I would over-consume when putting it into practice. As time went by and I was having more success and feeling more in control, I allowed it more.

It's just since January that I've realized I've been doing it a lot - making good choices and showing myself that I do have the ability to "Halve it so I can have it."

14 grams of almonds (instead of 28g)
15 grams of gluten-free pretzel sticks (instead of 30g)
or 1 Tablespoon (15 mL) of nut butter (instead of 2 Tablespoons)

are all half portions or "halfsies" that I enjoy.

It's a wonderful feeling to know that I can enjoy half a portion as much as a whole portion, and bonus that half a portion contains half the calories, so I'm not exceeding my nutritional requirement for the day.
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  • v KAYDE53
    Good idea!! emoticon emoticon
    1272 days ago
    emoticon Once a week I will have half of high calories foods and am good with that! Great blog, thanks emoticon emoticon
    1272 days ago
  • v SISSIE21
    I think that is great if you can do it. There are some foods that I just don't trust myself around yet. Think chocolate cupcakes! emoticon YUMMM!!
    I do practice eating a smaller portion when eating at friends as you have no choice in the menu, and I want to enjoy the meal and the company. But everywhere else, I pretty much try to stay on the 'straight and narrow'. At least for now...
    But your concept seems to me to be the key to eating and living and most important, maintaining a healthy life style, and one I would aspire to. emoticon

    1272 days ago
    Wow,,,,I think this is so key in the long run,,,,,another thing I know I will have to master to be successful!
    1272 days ago
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    1272 days ago
  • v KITT52
    giving my self permission to eat what I wanted just in measured amounts works for me too... I still do this almost 7 years later....I'm not always perfect but then what is but it sure works for me....also substitutions work instead of regular chips I use to eat baked, now I don't eat them, or rarely in raw nuts instead of the oiled salted kind...and I found I love them and they are good for my heart once again in moderation....if you try you can find a way to eat the foods you love in moderation....plan your meal, plan your favorites, eat be happy and healthy
    1272 days ago
    Very interesting blog. Not sure I could do it.
    1272 days ago
  • v BLUENOSE63
    Nice, easy rule to live by!!!! Thanks
    1272 days ago
    That is a MAJOR step toward a healthy relationship with food - NEVER eating something we love is not likely to happen - eating REASONABLY only comes with practice and time.
    1272 days ago
    I will have to try this. There are some foods I have a avoided, but will have to try just having 1/2.
    1272 days ago
  • v NUTRON3
    Love it!
    1272 days ago
  • v DLBROWN93
    Weight loss and maintenance is about boundaries. When we have no boundaries, we gain weight.
    1272 days ago
  • v WILSON1926
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    1272 days ago
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