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Moderation in All Things

How to Avoid the Diet Blues


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  • This is truth! Having been on all most every diet out there, including diet pills, I can from my own experience that "moderation" is the way to go. However, it must be for life. I've known this for quite some time, but couldn't get my mindset right to do what I know I must do. I have done that now and this change and journey for me may be slow, but it will be for life and I know I'll someday see the results I want. To be healthy and fit in mind, body and soul!
  • this is what I need to learn to eat the right portions . very good blog.
  • When I first started to really lose weight is when I gave myself permission to have anything that I wanted but in small portions. That works great. Need to get back to that and I know that after a while that I don't want those.
  • After Lent, I let her RIP! But I realize now That if I'm hungry, I need to respect that. Nutrients First! Not go too crazy with the portions of chocolate and chips. And yes! My weight loss journey is not an SAT, GMAT, PCAT, MCAT, LSAT, or other entrance exam! Lol.
  • It feels good to have what you want and not always just what your body needs. Your brain has to be happy too!
  • Great advice..if you have the willpower for moderation. For me it is sometimes easier to completely avoid something rather than go for a "little"
  • this is soo true.
  • 2 1/2 years ago I began SP. It was a solid place to reconstruct my health plan. Moderation was at center. It worked and I lost 60#. A devastating health issue caused me to lose my job and I was in intense pain for the next 6 months. Life, cancer, death, travel, living in a tiny berg for a few months taking care of a toddler grandson while moving that family into a new home followed. Arriving home, I was called very unexpectedly to transplant myself into my mom's home for 3 1/2 months when we discovered she was battling dementia. All took their toll. I continued to walk, maintaining much of the healthy food choice/preparation learned at SP. I did regain over 25# but it could have been so much worse. I am now back in contact with computer access and SP. After 2/12 weeks back on track things are looking up and I feel a lot bettter. Indeed, moderation does work and I plan to keep it front and center from here on out.
  • Moderation is a winner. Made it through all the holidays meeting my 1# a week goal ... new year off to a less stellar start. Maintaining but there aren't new challenges for me on Challenge Central. The ones I could do (and should do) I did. Like this one I started a couple over but it's a groundhog day start - no new information. Wish the site were more intuitive so that there'd be new info for those of us who repeat. Otherwise happy. And we do need more Central Challenges.
  • I liked this article and still strive to moderate. While I am older and lots less mobile I still see/feel the younger athletic me and want to eat that way. I'm 2+ weeks in and have lost 2-1/2 pounds so a sound, safe and reasonable beginning and certainly moderate. Would love to see a bigger drop but not likely.
  • I have surprised myself by being able to control my portions, create nutritious meals and avoid sugar while meeting almost all my nutrition goals. I've also gotten into serious workouts and amping them up with weights. I am on day 19 and have made big changes in my lifestyle and have lost 8 lbs. along the way. I couldn't have done this without the resources in the SPARK program! Thank you so much.
  • These articles have been a real boost to my progress. Learning so much.
  • MY09FLEX
    I began dealing with an eating disorder at the age of 18. I spent the next 50 years seeking "moderation". What I learned was that "moderation" is not, and never can be, a rule.
    I CANNOT eat sugar in any form, and omitting ALL refined foods leaves me a wide selection of food choices.
    THAT is where "moderation" is in MY LIFE.
    I have been happily living in MY moderation following a loss of 85 pounds. I no longer feel as though I'm doing something destructive to myself if I make my OWN nutritious choices. I enjoy what I eat without feeling enslaved to someone else's rules.
    My health overall is better than it was 30 years ago.
    Find YOUR moderation and live with it.
  • Moderation is a completely subjective concept. And not everyone can moderate every substance. "Moderation in all things" irritates the hell out of me. If you can do it, fine. Years of experience in recovery and relapse tells me that I cannot. For me, "moderation in all things" is not only bad but dangerous advice.
    Martha324 - I'm completely on board with you! I started this year focusing on just eating healthier, instead of setting a number goal on the scale. Some days I do better than others, but I don't really deny myself any food in particular. I think what has really helped me for the past 8 MONTHS NOW (just realized that - yay me!) is tracking everything as faithfully as possible and striving to be active as much as possible. (I wear a FitBit and find that helps me as well.)

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