When I put up the link to my Attune Foods blog post on “Loving Our Kids Enough to Say No” on Facebook last week, one reader commented that she did not think that we should tell our kids “no” to any foods completely, but rather teach them moderation in all things.
Her comment got me thinking about the phrase “Everything in Moderation,” and how exactly that phrase applies to weight loss and weight maintenance. I then found the above quote and thought more about moderation.
I am a firm believer in moderation as evidenced by the fact that we do have some processed foods in the house, I bake desserts on occasion, and we go out to eat every great once in a while. However, there are some foods that I do not believe in moderation for because those foods are ones I feel as so unnecessary and unhealthy that we avoid them altogether. In other words, we do practice abstinence with certain foods.
So for me, the phrase “everything in moderation” really is not quite true. My phrase would be, “most things in moderation.”
Some examples of foods that we abstain from completely include: Sugar sweetened beverages such as fruit juices, vitamin water, or coke. We avoid McDonalds, Taco Bell and most other fast food places. I do not eat white bread or rice and instead make our own bread from wheat berries and cook brown rice. We leave margarine and fake cheeses on the store shelves and instead use real stuff. Other foods I choose to always say no to include things like Little Debbie cakes, Twinkes, boxed meals, and a host of other non-foods.
How do you handle moderation in your weight loss or weight maintenance efforts? Is it moderation with nothing off limits or most things in moderation? Diane