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Moderation in All Things

How to Avoid the Diet Blues


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  • 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. - 10/20/2016 4:59:59 PM
  • These articles have been a real boost to my progress. Learning so much. - 9/21/2016 8:52:55 AM
  • 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. - 8/12/2016 6:38:03 AM
  • 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. - 8/11/2016 8:18:10 PM
    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.) - 8/11/2016 4:09:36 PM
  • BUNSOFALUMINUM- I hear you. It is much easier for me to skip some of my triggers all together than it is to take a small amount. Once I have a piece of cake - I could eat the whole thing. Better not to have any to begin with. - 8/11/2016 7:52:05 AM
  • I struggled with the concept of moderation for years and it wasn't until I stopped dieting and started focusing on living. While I choose to eat healthy most of the time, the key word for me is "most." I love French fries and will have them on the weekend; usually only eat about a 1/3 of the order.
    No food is really off limits except some that are bad for my heart or I won't eat due to animal rights i=reasons. It took me about 2 years to lose the 80 lbs and I was in no rush because I knew that what I was doing was what I'd be doing for life so it would take the time it would take.

    I've been at or under goal for over 3 years and feel great and am not deprived. Love the way I eat and really enjoy exercising every day. A new life! - 8/11/2016 7:43:42 AM
    There is no Wellness Resource Center page! It gives a 404 error. I've noticed a lot of your articles do, when you click on the link to them. They've been removed, but their links around. This needs to be corrected! Stop erasing things, to start with! You obviously don't know what you're doing, SparkPeople! - 7/12/2016 11:26:36 PM
  • This is one of those articles I want to save for future re-reading.

    Not because I didn't know all this before, but because it is so easy to forget - once you're caught in the weight-loss frenzy. - 6/3/2016 5:28:18 AM
  • I'm trying to eat small portions and eating slow, so I hope that it will help me. - 5/2/2016 1:33:50 AM
  • Wow....this really dovetails with where my head is right now. Thanks for this article. It helped me cement the idea that moderation is the best tactic to use and helped me understand why my thoughts turn the way they do to extremism. - 5/1/2016 11:47:11 AM
  • My problem with moderation is, once I have say, a Reese's miniature because Easter is a special occasion...that just sets me up for another one, and another. And then I'm eating lots of things that are high fat, or processed, etc. Some things just need to be "I don't eat that" like dairy. I don't consume dairy. Period. (it helps that I don't feel well after dairy ha!) but I also don't eat meat. I don't have meat in moderation, and I don't miss it. It simply isn't something that I eat anymore.

    Maybe my chocolate could be said to be "in moderation" as I have two squares (about 60 calories) of extra dark organic 85% chocolate every work day. To treat myself for staying in the ole cubicle, eh? Or my once a week popcorn with butter. ??? maybe that's moderation. But some things simply CAN'T be on my "okay in moderation" list. They'll just trigger me. Right? - 4/15/2016 4:41:35 PM
  • We can't look at it as a temporary "diet". Serious weight loss is a lifestyle change. you have to get smarter and make better choices to maintain the "new you." - 4/7/2016 4:02:28 PM
  • "The odds of winning by extreme dieting are less than 5%." I am a prime example of that. I tried weight watchers and looked great. I gained it back. I tried the Atkins diet and looked great. I gained it back. I even tried surgery and looked really great, but three weeks ago I weighed 240 pounds again. I hope this article sticks with me, and I stick with Spark People. But I am spending a lot of time sitting at the computer and studying Spark People. Does this taper off in time? Time will tell. - 3/17/2016 10:31:25 AM
  • Thank you! - 3/16/2016 8:12:27 AM

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