My terms for this post come from Why “Everything in Moderation” Doesn’t Work.
This article discusses in detail why moderation is a misconception.
Moderation according to the article can be defined as: restraint; avoidance of extremes or excesses; temperance. Typically, when we say ‘everything in moderation’ we think less of something rather than avoiding it all together. For say, you go out to have a couple of drinks and tell your friends, I’m drinking in moderation tonight. While you are still performing the ‘bad’ task you justify it by setting a limit rather than avoiding it and being the ‘party pooper’. As the article mentions When you are eating something from the same category of non-health foods once a day, it’s not a treat – it’s a habit. Which leads us into the next term, habit.
Habit can be generally defined as a constant routine that while in some cases may be good, it could develop into a bad norm that can be difficult to stop. An example of a good habit that turned into a harmful one is exercise. For many people going to the gym 4-5 times a week for 1-2 hours is normal and a good healthy habit. However, when a person begins to FINALLY see results they start making the gym a priority and rather than continuing their healthy gym habit they begin to work-out in excess. This means they start going to the gym 6-7 times a week and instead of only being there for 1-2 hours they increase the time to 3-4 hours (could even go twice a day). This then impacts their social life because they’d rather go exercise than hang out with their friends; it impacts their mental well-being because all they can really think about is exercise and it impacts their physical health because while yes, they are exercising, exercise in excess has been proven to develop negative health effects.
The final term is Superfood! According to the article, there is no such thing as a superfood. A common ‘superfood’ is avocados. Yes, avocados are high in fiber and potassium but they have always been, they didn’t just recently become a super nutrient-dense food. (Personally, I hate them, I’d rather eat kale or broccoli…) Anyway, this is an important term because in today’s society of clean and healthy eating there is a large emphasis placed on certain foods to be labeled superfoods and it’s important for consumers to know that Superfoods are only nutrient-rich food considered to be beneficial for health and well-being. (fruits and vegetables)
Moderation: restraint; avoidance of extremes or excesses; temperance.
Habit: Habit can be generally defined as a constant routine that while in some cases may be good, it could develop into a bad norm that can be difficult to stop
Superfood: a nutrient-rich food considered to be especially beneficial for health and well-being.
https://consuminghealthmatters.files.wordpress.com/2017/04/whyeverythinginmoderationdoesntworkarticle.pdf – Why Everything in Moderation Doesn’t Work
Google define: superfood