Growing up, I remember always hearing “Everything is fine in moderation”, and being a kid I just understood that as having limits on things like fried food, soda, candy, etc however, being a child, I did wanted to exceed those limits. Now that I am adult, I think that I value moderation a bit more considering how many more food additions there are to my diet as I am a vegetarian and that can go wrong very quickly. This is where I feel I fit in to the section of “not very moderate food that feels moderate”.
When I had first decided to become a vegetarian a few years ago, I justified all the high carbohydrate food items that I ate because I was a vegetarian so I could eat everything just without the meat. I was a college student at the time so not buying meat was easy for my budget but so was buying the cheaper, unhealthy foods. To elaborate, I ate a lot of pasta, ramen, potatoes, bread, veggies, etc. because that was all I thought I could eat being a vegetarian. Through the year of getting more accustomed to the lack of meat (and protein for that matter), I realized that I was consuming a lot of foods that were not exactly healthy for me. I justified eating all of these under the idea that it was In moderation and that there was no meat in the meal. Some weeks were better than others – meaning there were more veggies in dishes than there was just a large bowl of pasta.
I know that I am not the only one who is guilty of misusing the term moderation – even in the article, they use the example of a glass of wine or two or three every night was okay but in reality, it is not or when someone eats only salads and water for a week straight and then treats themselves to a pizza and a few beers once Saturday comes around. When you eat a pretty consistent diet, your body gets used to it and is used to the nutrients that come from those foods but if you are consistent only for a few days and then add someone drastic to it (like a pizza and several drinks) it can cause a lot of shock onto your body because it is not the same nutrients. I feel like this is a concept that we as consumers are not super familiar with and that’s why moderation becomes a back-burner concept to a lot of us. We know what it is and what it generally means, but whether we actually apply it to our everyday eating habits is different. I think as consumers, we understand the concept of “not too much and not too little” compared to “in moderation”.
As a consumer myself, I want to be more cautious about moderation and become more understanding of the term when it comes to the food that I put into my body. It is something I do want to take more seriously because there are so many discoveries being made about the foods that we eat and we need to be more cautious about what we eat. Moderation only works in our benefit if we are consuming the right foods.