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  • Great post! “Moderation works if you already eat well and you’re already healthy”- exactly, if you need to lose weight, quit smoking, stop caffiene, etc, moderation doesn’t work, you must make drastic changes to overcome those habits and get healthy.

    1. Two good points here. The first is the one I made, that moderation is tough because it doesn’t interrupt your old habits drastically enough to feel different. When you completely eliminate, say, coffee from your diet, your whole mindset changes and it gets away from “when am I going to get coffee next?” The other point you make, that I didn’t focus on much, is that even if you are able to moderate food consumption correctly, the change isn’t drastic enough to lose all the extra weight, at least not in a reasonable amount of time.

  • I loved your post on moderation. I have to be strict with myself most days because I think moderation is REALLY hard! Also, your green smoothie in Thursday’s post looks identical to the green smoothies I make. I’m writing a post on it today : )

    1. Thanks Emily! Being strict with moderation, funny. I was actually thinking more after I wrote this post about how to make moderation work. And setting strict rules might be the key, but then it’s hard to really call it moderation anymore. I much prefer the strictness until the habit is totally broken.

  • My thoughts exactly! Since when do we even know what moderation means? We’re in a culture that worships “more” and we need to be deprogrammed from that by going cold-turkey. Unhealthy things don’t belong in our bodies…
    I always use the example of your 15 year old niece telling you that she wants to smoke cigarettes. You’d be horrified! You certainly won’t tell her that it’s fine, as long as she only smokes in moderation. Why? Because smoking is addictive and unhealthy! As are junk foods…
    I also have green smoothies every day!

  • Moderation is such a moveable set of goal posts that it is meaningless. It also does nothing to assist you to be extraordinary, exciting, fabulous and to kick ass.
    Moderation doesnt get me up at 5 in the morning to run for 3 hours and never will.
    I am not moderately loving to my children and my partner.
    I am not moderately healthy.
    I am passionate, about love, life, food, running, sharing and so much other stuff and I am sure you are too.
    Your blog is inspiring and such a great read.
    vidi’s last blog post..afternoon pick me up bliss balls

  • That’s interesting. I think moderation is unique to the person. I mean maybe for someone who drinks 5 cups of coffee a day, 1 cup is their moderation. And for the bread, maybe it is in moderation to have white bread twice a week if all your other bread is nice whole grain bread? I don’t know. I definitely see your slippery slope point though.

    1. I think you’re right that you could set an limit on the moderation, but then I don’t know if it’s really moderation anymore. If you could set very strict rules and not violate them, then I suppose it could work.

  • I agree with you. I think that doing things like eating healthy, starting to exercise, quitting smoking, etc. largely require an overnight commitment in order for them to work. Moderation doesn’t hold you accountable for any slip-ups, it tells you they’re ok. I love Mark Bittman’s recipes (do you have How to Cook Everything Vegetarian?! It’s a veg food bible!), but his approach does have problems.
    I do use moderation in certain areas where it works really well for me…like veganism :] As soon as I tell myself I can’t eat Nutella ever again because its tenth ingredient is skim milk powder, you know what? I’ll probably crave it like crazy. So being “almost vegan” fits me well. And it seems in your experience that moderation in vegetarianism (initially beginning with the more moderate pescetarianism) led you to the right place. I think you keyed in on the difference when you said that moderation in a healthy diet/lifestyle is quite different than in an unhealthy one. If my “slip-ups” include ingesting yogurt every now and then, or choosing to remain oblivious to a smidgen of egg in a restaurant dish, then I’m not doing too bad :]

  • I completely agree with you!! Moderation works for me on things like desserts (vegan only) and soy lattes because I have a fraction of a sweet tooth and am not a coffee drinker, so I really only crave both things 2-3 times a month. Giving up meat for me was all or nothing though… if I hadn’t cut it out completely and then educated myself via Earthlings, The Cove and Food, Inc. I’d still be eating chicken drumsticks to this day.

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