60,000-79,999 SparkPoints 63,636

How coffee cake is like the gym...kinda

Friday, November 15, 2013

I always read and repeat to anyone who will listen, "Everything in moderation." Because elimination leads to deprivation which leads to bingeing. So if I only have a LITTLE of something, I won't feel deprived and want to binge on it. And I don't want to feel like I'm too strict with my dietary requirements and I want to be able to enjoy myself when I'm at a party, blah blah blah.

So I got to thinking...where is the line between moderation and deprivation? If it were up to me, I’d be eating donuts every day. I feel deprived if I don’t eat donuts. Or brownies. Or coffee cake. ESPECIALLY coffee cake. I can’t help but feel like I’m missing out on something, especially when other people are eating those things and I’m not. So technically, I feel deprived. Of cr@p food. A LOT.

And then I got to thinking, how can “moderation” be quantified? Donuts, brownies, and coffee cake are all delicious. But how can I eat EACH of those in moderation. If I have a donut on Monday, a brownie on Tuesday and coffee cake on Wednesday…I’m pretty sure THAT will have negative consequences. So really, I need to pick one of those things and eat THAT in moderation. But then I’m deprived of the other things.

Deprivation is inevitable for me because of the relationship I have with food. Moderation for me means eating things very infrequently – once a month or less. No, “I’ll just have an ounce of chocolate every day” for me. I have to deprive myself because for me, MODERATION leads to bingeing. I have no middle ground – it’s an issue I have in multiple areas of my life. It’s easier to cut things out than to eat them here and there. I schedule cheat days when I can eat whatever I want and not feel guilty and then go back to my regular routine the next day. Like Thanksgiving - my thought process is that if I eat well up to that day, pigging out that day, which I’m going to do anyway, won’t be as big a deal. And then the next day, I’m back on track. That way I have a goal and something to look forward to.

So...I rescind my advice that moderation is for everyone. Not eating coffee cake for me is like pushing through a really hard workout. It's tough, but in the end, the rewards are sweet (pun intended).
Share This Post With Others
Member Comments About This Blog Post
    Good point. We all have to figure out what works for us and do it. emoticon
    1617 days ago
  • Add Your Comment to the Blog Post

    Log in to post a comment

    Disclaimer: Weight loss results will vary from person to person. No individual result should be seen as a typical result of following the SparkPeople program.