MODERATION FOR ONE AND ALL!
Moderation for one and all! As a personal trainer, group fitness instructor and health coach, I referred to what I call the 3 Ms. They are movement, moderation and motivation. All three are necessary to a live fat and fit lifestyle. Today, I am struggling with moderation!!
A moderate diet, as defined by Google is one that “avoids excess amounts of calories or any particular food or nutrient.” I find that rather vague!
To be clear, I do completely restrict animal products in my life. I eat a completely plant-based diet. This has been a learning process, which has taken place over a bit more than three years. So, for me, when I talk about the need for moderation, I am referring to sweets and salty treats!! HERE IS WHERE I STRUGGLE!
I am a CHIPOHOLIC! If I buy a family sized bag of chips, I will have a very difficult time not eating the whole darn thing and it may happen all in one sitting! The same applies to pretzels or popcorn or even a box of yummy, salty, vegan crackers!
Did you know there are a few cookies available at grocery stores that are accidentally vegan? Original Oreos are vegan. Dad’s cookies are vegan. They both have enough sugar to tempt me, as I am working to reduce sugar intake and solve my fatty liver problem. Can I eat one or two … HMMM debatable, but that is the goal!
THE MODERATION GOAL
To accomplish this goal, habits must change. Notice I said habits and not habit. There is more than one habit that needs replacing if you are going to teach yourself to eat a handful of chips and not the whole bag! The habit of not going straight to junk food when you hungry is one habit. The idea of establishing food for fuel is another habit. Buying a small personal-size bag is another habit. Not buying them at all is another habit! Using your breath to fend off cravings is habit.
When frustrated, I truly feel like I need to teach myself how to eat all over again …this is not first time I have been through this effort. IT NEEDS TO BE THE LAST. Each time I gain, lose, gain, lose, I put myself through stress, both emotionally and physically and create havoc in my mind and body. If I had only … LIVED A TRULY LIVEFATANDFIT LIFESTYLE, ALL MY LIFE, I would not be in this situation. Yet another habit that needs to go … that of self-degradation!
SO, MODERATION IT IS!
The aim is to create habits that aid moderation. Stop and breathe and ask myself if I am hungry or do I want something salty or sweet? If the answer is yes to the latter, I will have a cookie or two on occasion. Grabbing a few chips, when the family is snacking will not hurt either, once the habit is established. Even healthy choices need quantity restrictions. An example of this is trail mix. I love nuts! They are full of fiber and protein and great nutrients, and their fat is “good” fat. AHH, but LYNNE, good fats are still fat and too much can be unhealthy (hence the fatty liver)!
In my opinion, moderation is the key to all things in this quest and is the key to contentment in life. When you establish a lifestyle that incorporates habits of moderation on a daily basis, IN ALL CHOICES, you can break the cycle of bad habits and self-degradation and more!
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