I’m just going to come right out and say that my eating habits are probably considered really unhealthy. However, after reading Why “Everything in Moderation” Doesn’t Work, I was definitely more aware of the food i was putting in my body. Quite often, I am short on time and grab something quick and cheap on the go. I normally don’t even keep track of what foods I eat at all, meaning some weeks I will cook all week and others I won’t cook at all. It just depends on the day and what my plans are. After taking this class and reading this article specifically, I have learned that my unhealthy eating habits can not be justified by moderation anymore. Because I am young, I don’t really think about the effects that eating unhealthy can have on my body. Most CVD don’t develop until older ages so I have always just eaten whatever I want. This article really opened my eyes to my eating habits and how these things can really take a toll on your body If I were to start taking my eating habits seriously I think my first step would be to eliminate all sugary drinks from my diet. Soda and juice contain so much sugar and other “super villains” in such small amounts. After that I would probably cut out snacks and add more veggies to my diet. The article stated that you need far more “ordinary” food to cancel out the super villain food, so incorporating more veggies and nutrients in general would be a great start to changing my diet.
My reaction to this article was kind of shocking. Although, I was not completely shocked. I think that it is true what the author said about moderation and that it does not work; however, I do disagree with him about that it does not work at all. He seems to be saying that it does not work at all. In my opinion, I think that moderation does not always work for everybody because people feel differently everyday. Sometimes they may be dealings with different emotions and might eat a lot; therefore, I don’t think moderation always work for everyone. So, I think that moderation can work if people really want it to work. Practicing moderation can take time to get used to; it is not easy for people who just eat whatever they desire.
When people eat healthy food, they feel like they have earned the right to eat unhealthy food according to the article. I feel that this is the way for most people. I heard a lot of my friends saying something like, “I had a salad for lunch so I’m going all out” or something similar. It is unhealthy to do this according to the article; I agree because if people keep treating themselves with all the junk food then they’re not practicing moderation and it will harm their health. If people want to practice moderation, it should be controlled and in a more healthy and safe way.
For the not-very-moderate food week, I kind of see myself in it because sometimes I just eat whatever I want. There are days when I just want to eat something. To be honest, I do not watch out what I eat often. And I should watch out what food I choose to eat. And yes, I am practicing somewhat meaningless “moderation” because sometimes I just feel like I deserve food I shouldn’t eat like junk food. Practicing somewhat meaningless moderation can somewhat increase my risk of chronic, diet-related disease. I would say that if people want to practice moderation, it should be practiced safely because it can lead to health problems if they do not watch out what they’re putting into their bodies.
I was shocked after reading this article. The opinions presented in this were very different from what I am currently taught in class. Jonathan Ross, the man who wrote this post, talked about how everything in moderation is not the answer and does not work. However, my professors preach almost the exact opposite.
For those who do not know, I am a nutrition major going into my last quarter of my bachelor’s degree. A specific professor sticks out to me. I remember her saying, “yeah sure, my guilty pleasure is nachos. But I don’t eat them every day. Moderation is key you guys.” And this spoke to me. Ross explains that those who practice moderation eat one treat each day. In that sense, yes of course moderation would not work because that is not what the moderation nutrition professionals speak of.
I can’t say that I see myself in this type of moderation. I eat generally very healthy foods, and try to include my greens into at least one meal a day. I pay attention to what I am putting into my body and how I feel after eating specific meals. However, if I would like to have a bagel for breakfast or a coffee with my lunch I will do so. I must mention that while doing this, I do not go overboard on the cream cheese and I’ll ask for a little less caramel in my Americano. That way I am still very attentive to the food I am consuming even if I did indulge on those things. The moderation Ross speaks of would not allow of this. If your friends ask you to go out and get appetizers are you not going to go because you already had a coffee that week?
This is where I disagree with his idea of “everything in moderation doesn’t work.” As an ‘almost’ nutrition professional myself, I think it is essential that we teach people to listen to their bodies rather than an outsider who does not know how their insides feel. If you order fries for your appetizer, just stop eating them when you become full and take them home in a box for another day, or for your roommate to eat. You do not need to finish them off. Also, just pay attention to the fact that you ate fries and maybe have a green salad with lots of veggies and chicken for dinner instead of another highly caloric meal.
I don’t feel like my practice of moderation is increasing my risk of chronic diseases what so ever. I think I am very aware of my body and very aware of that fact that what I put into my body will either impact me positively or negatively. As we know, harmful foods do not make the body feel refreshed and healthy, but rather sluggish and sick. A helpful tip to give people is to recognize how certain foods make them feel and how moods are impacted by food. That is what I would tell a consumer, rather than scare them into believing that eating a slice of cake is going to ruin their health immediately. Food is such a private and sensitive topic that I think the best thing we can do for the public and for consumers is to encourage them to create a happy and healthy relationship with food and eating. In my opinions, the article, written by Jonathan Ross, does a poor job of this.