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Moderation Challenge

By on October 1, 2014

I feel like the month of September flew by. Don’t you? Like the previous month, I wasn’t sure what to do for my next challenge. But somehow I always get a gentile nudge in the right direction. I’ve always considered myself an extreme person and when I reflect I see that it’s manifested in many ways throughout my life. I’ve always had a hard time finding balance, everything is black or white. And when I’ve tried to find balance in one area of my life, I’d get so focused on that one area that I’d either A) neglect the other areas, or B) become so focused on balancing that area that it became even more extreme. For instance, I wanted to find ways to create peace because I was really anxious. So I took meditation classes. Before I knew it I was meditating for hours daily. Do you see what I mean?

Well, last weekend I sat on the couch and chatted with my husband about my desire to find balance again. We decided to go to a follow-up class with Sam Christensen (awesome Image Consultant). When Sam sat down in front of the class of 40+ students he said, “You know I don’t even know why I felt led to discuss this tonight, but I feel like I need to talk about not living in the extremes in life. You need to know that living in the middle is what sustains us as people and as artists”. I took that as another confirmation.

So then I thought, “how crazy would it be if I applied this to eating?”. I’ve heard that everything in moderation is ultimately the way to eat more times than I care to count. But I never took that statement seriously. How do you just eat one cookie? What do you mean portion your protein, starch, fat, dairy, fruits and veggies each day? To me, that is pretty radical. I’ve tried it before, and it rarely lasts longer than a couple of days. But I don’t think I’ve really been equipped with how to properly do it.

If it’s clear that you can’t tolerate a certain food or have an allergy then moderation won’t work with that specific food. But if you have ever felt that it’s a struggle with discipline, mindfulness, emotional eating, etc., then maybe moderation is actually a possibility. I still find it hard to believe, but I decided to sign up for nutrition classes this month that teach how to eat in moderation. Honestly, the idea of possibly attaining moderation with my eating is really exciting. It gives me hope because deep down I think many of my sugar binges have been the result of the scary thought that I could never eat sugar again for the rest of my life.

The nutrition classes I’m taking teach you how to read labels and eventually eyeball the “exchanges” between carbohydrates, protein and fat. The idea is that once you are able to instill this as your foundation for eating throughout the week, you can have the occasional treat because you’ve created stability.

I’ll share my notes with you all and some recipes, as always. I guess my biggest fear has been that moderation is boring. How do you feel about moderation?

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