I have been doing a little research on both of these concepts. Reason? I am very "all or nothing". And sometimes, "all or nothing" can be so limiting as to be totally unsustainable.
Point being: I've been on the Mediterranean Diet for almost a full year now..... Feb. 20 is my "Mediterraneanversary". I have been like Ivory soap, 99 and 44/100% compliant. It is getting too hard to sustain at that pace. HOWEVER, as a recovering binge eater of decades and decades, it sure is a slippery slope for me.
I spoke with two administrators on my favorite Facebook Mediterranean Diet groups. Both tell me they practice the "80/20" rule and have both sustained very good health for over a decade now. I was advised not to view going off plan as a "cheat" but a "treat". In theory, lol, I like the sound of that.
Jillian Michaels (one of the Biggest Loser judges of the past) talks about balance, as opposed to moderation. So, as a lover of words, I looked both up.
Moderation is defined as "the avoidance of excess or extremes". synonyms are self-restraint, restraint, self-control, self-discipline,
Balance is defined as "an even distribution of weight enabling someone or something to remain upright and steady. synonyms stability, equilibrium, steadiness, footing
Are you hearing the nuance of the two? Moderation is a doing of self. Balance is not about extremes. Balance is not, "oh crap, I ate four cupcakes, now I have to eat salad without dressing for dinner". Balance is the automatic "knowing" that is maybe isn't too wise to eat four cupcakes and then "punish" ones self with a dressing-less salad afterwards to make up the difference.
Honestly, I'm still trying to wrap my head around all of this, and I look forward to and value your own comments below. What do you think of this? Am I just getting caught up in semantics? Is there a true difference to YOU, about balance, and moderation?
I was NEVER good at moderation. That's why I am so all or nothing. But I do think that I owe it to myself to "grow up in my thinking" and consider what a balanced life looks like. In that ideal world? I can have my better health. I can maintain my weight loss and healthy eating.
I can also, literally, "have my cake, and eat it too".
I am digging this new idea. I'm praying it can become a new reality because I am just not willing to go one more year without a piece of cake... nor should I.
What do you all think?