The Cold Truth of Eating In Moderation
I recently read a very interesting article that made me look at moderation from a different angel. As a trainer, I’ve always encouraged moderation. I’d tell my clients that they can have cheat day or that it was okay to eat things that they craved but to use moderation. I was taught that this type of advice was helpful and wanted by clients. That they wanted to be rewarded for eating clean during the week and that they should be rewarded on the weekend with “the good food”.
The article, which was published on the Forks Over Knives website, made me question my training. In a nut shell, my take away was very simple. Why was I encouraging my clients to reward themselves with foods that are bad for them? How could I encourage behavior that would eventually lead my clients to regression or depression. What exactly was moderation? Did I even have a full understanding myself? Sadly, the answer was NO!!!!
The truth is, food that contains artificial ingredients, and empty calories will only cause inflammation and stress the normal physiology of the body, so it’s important to keep your consumption of these to a minimum and to maximize your consumption of healthy, nutrient-dense food.
At the end of the day it’s important to remember that making important health choices for yourself is an act of self-love, nourishment, and kindness. Judging yourself as good or bad neither supports you nor creates success, so it would be more beneficial to make it about how “I show myself kindness and love by feeding myself nourishing and supportive foods!”
So the next time to convince yourself to eat a non healthy food in the name of moderation, think again!