“Everything in moderation, right?” I feel like this phrase is usually spoken in front of a plate of nachos and a big margarita. It’s used somewhat jokingly to justify ridiculous choices. But many trainers and health coaches these days are promoting a balanced and moderate lifestyle, so we’re quickly adopting this mentality, too. Who doesn’t love moderation when it means nachos!?
But, what are we even talking about here?
Ridiculously ambiguous. Balance and moderation makes me think of chemistry—you know that it must be a real thing, but you have no idea how to wrap your mind around it. How does this even transfer to real life? (I use chemistry as an example because it was the one subject that caused me to actually chuck my textbook across the room. It just doesn’t make sense!)
You want to believe that you are capable of balance and moderation, but you are completely unaware if the choices you’re making are actually that. It’s a moving target.
What does being balanced look like? Possessing balance and moderation in life means that you are wise and acutely in tune with your body. Well balanced individuals don’t dabble with extremes, whether physical or mental. They know when to go for something and when to hold back. They hold every aspect of life in perspective, seeing the impact of choices from a broader angle.
They’re the perfect balance of careful and careless.
Let's apply it. When we apply balance and moderation to fitness and nutrition, it should look like this:
I am not a master at balance and moderation. In the past, my weaknesses have been a pot of macaroni and cheese, pizza, pita chips, diet coke, spinach and artichoke dip, and brownies. If these foods were available, the word moderation was non-existent. “I must keep eating this!” I would sometimes make myself feel sick.
However, with practice (lots!), understanding my goals and the bigger perspective, being very in tuned with how my body feels with certain workouts and foods, and building up my willpower, I am now able to say “sure, but just a little.” I am proud to say that last night I made mac n' cheese for the kiddos and I had only one bite! This is a major victory for me!
Above all, be wise. Let’s all be wise and intentional with our fitness and nutrition. Avoid extremes and be honest about your own personal “wiggle room”. Balance and moderation does not need to be so vague after all. And enjoying nachos and a tasty margarita could absolutely be within your personal realm of balance and moderation.
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