Moderation is somewhat an abstract term – which is why for a while, I did not like it. I understand at least some others are in that same camp. However, I’ve found it to be a helpful term to create a contrast with unhealthy, unnecessary, and unsustainable restriction.
But…to take it out of the realm of the vague and make it more concrete, I would definite “moderation” as:
Diversity in one’s diet with nothing off limits that isn’t harmful for the individual (or simply not desired) – emphasizing nutrient rich foods more than “empty” calories.
Most of us can internalize what this means – and either on our own or with some 3rd person support, implement strategies to help achieve our goals using moderation. (You know where to find me – wink wink)
Some others might not be able to understand moderation at all – it’s common for those against the idea of moderation to pull up anecdotes of people they know who overeat low nutrient density foods at the expense of other foods who claim they practice “moderation”. One could just as easily as a counterpoint though point to anorexics on 500 calories per day believe that THEY practice moderation. So we can’t use extreme examples to invalidate the concept of moderation for the vast majority of the population.
And for people who CANNOT grasp or handle moderation – conceptually or in practice – there could very well be an eating disorder that is not being managed appropriately with the help of a qualified counselor. Both of the examples I gave above could fit that criteria (though we’re more eager to recognize the anorexic person as suffering from a disorder, rather than the binge eater….unfortunately due to cultural biases).
So…moderation – If you can, you should. And if you can’t, you need to implement moderation even MORE and get help as needed to make it a reality.
Talk to you soon,