October 23, 2011

Mamavation Monday: Everything In Moderation

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The saying goes, Everything in Moderation. Even Julia Child believed that any food could be enjoyed regardless of what your dietary needs were in terms of calories. Fifty years ago no one was really all that concerned with fat grams, calories, trans fats, fiber content, or carbohydrates. Really, these are concerns of the excesses left over from the 1980s and 90s. I’m not sure what the impetus was that got us focused on these things, but I’m not sure it was a good thing.

So here we are now, turning over packages and reading labels very closely. This, I’m all for. I think it’s made us more aware of the stuff in our food that isn’t real and has gotten many of us to return to fresh foods. At the same time, we have more dining out options than 20 years ago and are faced with the uncertainties of that experience. In addition, we socialize more with friends and family, thus requiring us to eat food prepared by others who may not be as focused on their daily food intake as we are.

This is where the idea of everything in moderation comes in. Sure, when we’re at a restaurant we can ask for our veggies steamed with no butter and push the bread basket aside. We can ask for no sauce or gravy and pass on the dessert menu. We can go to our friend’s house and no have wine or a cocktail, instead opting for club soda or sparkling water. We can restrain ourselves from the ooey-gooey, cheesy side dishes by loading up more crudité or fruit.

The reality though is it’s not alway easy. We don’t want to offend a friend who has made a delicious meal. We may want to share an entree with a family member. And, really, we want to enjoy our food and not feel like our only option is some rabbit food and a glass of water.

This is where everything in moderation comes in. No one said we had to eat a man-size meal, have 3 cocktails, or take one of everything from the buffet. If we’re not sure what’s in something and we need to manage calories, fat, points, grams or whatever we’re allowed to take a very small amount. And if it appears to be swimming in butter, oil or something we’re not willing to try then pass it up. But we can’t feel paralyzed by the choice in front of us. We’re strong! We can make good choices! And it’s not the end of the world if we do have 2 pieces of cake or fried chicken or mashed potatoes with butter and cream.

Every day we make hundreds of choice. For 90% of them we don’t think twice, we just decide and move on. It’s those 10% of the choices that we spend 90% of our day beating ourselves up for. We second, third and fourth guess ourselves about choices, especially food choice, that we can’t take back. Can we offset some of the food choices where we’ve strayed? Absolutely!

Being mindful is an important part of every day. Besides remembering that we’re not in this alone, if we remember the little phrase everything in moderation success is just a decision away.

I’ll leave you with this little gem my first Weight Watchers leader said (frequently): Nothing tastes as good as the first bite.

How will you feel if you remind yourself that nothing is off limits, everything in moderation.


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Sara

{ 16 comments }

Megan @mnmspecial October 23, 2011 at 11:50 pm

I totally agree. Everything on moderation keeps us from over doing it. I love that saying because it if so true! Great post. I am totally scribbling this info down.

Sara October 24, 2011 at 12:07 am

Megan, thank you for stopping by and adding in your support. Glad to share with you a little tidbit to help you get through those rough patches.

~ Sara

Shannon @Aries_Mommy October 24, 2011 at 5:17 am

I have a dear friend who lives by this. She is one of the fittest people I know. There are some foods the I have to stay away from, because one bite is never enough.

Sara October 27, 2011 at 9:47 pm

I hear you on the forbidden foods. Some foods just can never pass my lips.

Amanda - @ihavetohaveyou October 24, 2011 at 7:14 am

First off, glad to see a post from you!
I’m finding that what you’re saying here is so true. There is no reason to beat myself up over the choices I’ve made in eating – as long as I’m doing my best, and eating in moderation, I know I’ll be alright.

Sara October 27, 2011 at 9:49 pm

Amanda, glad you’re recognizing that you shouldn’t beat yourself up for food choices. It’s a learning process though, isn’t it.

April Ockerman October 24, 2011 at 8:04 am

Great post and somnething I am trying to live by more. When I first started this whole weight loss journey I thought I needed to cut out everything and of course now I am craving it all again and beat myself up if I cave in. Slowly I am realizing that I don’t need to feel bad if I have the “not so good” stuff every once in awhile as long as I am not over indulging. Thanks for the reminder and insight 🙂

Sara October 27, 2011 at 9:52 pm

I have a friend who has an 80/20 rule when it comes to food, that way nothing is ever off limits.

Julie @DutchBeingMe October 24, 2011 at 9:19 am

Thank you. I needed this today. Such a good reminder – especially after the weekend of excesses I had. 🙁

Sara October 27, 2011 at 9:53 pm

Glad to be here to be a supportive friend!

Marie Nichols October 24, 2011 at 11:13 am

Thanks for the reminder. I need to remeber it is moderation not sacrifice. Though there are alot of temptations. Moderation is the key! Thanks! Have a great week!

Kate @ Songs Kate Sang October 24, 2011 at 9:39 pm

Oh, what great advice! Thank you for sharing this.

Kelly @eclecticmommy October 25, 2011 at 9:33 pm

Absolutely agree. It’s important to be mindful of our decisions. I think that is probably how many of us came to this bend in the road and we need to make that change to be thoughtful of our food choices.

Becky Cooper (@fabbecky) October 26, 2011 at 10:51 am

I have been trying to eat like that lately. I think it is working too. If I allow myself a little bite or piece of something I really enjoy, I don’t go overboard with eating it and then feel guilty that I had it at all. Moderation is the key!

Sara October 27, 2011 at 9:55 pm

Way to go Becky! Sounds like you’re really trying to make some great lifestyle changes.

kim/reluctant renovator November 2, 2011 at 11:36 am

I started weight watchers a few weeks ago with this philosophy in mind, knowing that denial won’t do me good. Because I want to get fit, I am thinking about what I put in my mouth. I did have a few pieces of Halloween candy, but then (yesterday) I had my gall bladder removed and I’m on a lowfat diet for the next two weeks while my body heals. I know, I should have just asked for liposuction while they were in there.

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