The Moderation Problem

The Moderation Problem

You know, when it boils down to it everyone is a little different. We’ve got different interests, different personalities, different bodies. And no one body composition is exactly the same as another.

So here’s the problem: I’m learning that I can’t do moderation. Worse, yet, I’m seeing that my girls can’t seem to, either.

People always say, “A little won’t hurt, you can make an exception!” They tend to think that the grain-free diet that we follow is extreme and that we’re somehow depriving ourselves by not indulging in a little piece of cake or pasta now and then. I’m here to tell you that we’re not.

Sometimes I do give in to the peer pressure, because here’s the God’s honest truth: I love sugar. I’m a full-fledged addict and once I get a bite I can’t stop. That’s the big problem–it is an addiction, and one that is encouraged. Sometimes, when someone presses me to eat a piece of fudge or some ice cream, I do, and when I do, I binge hard. I almost never intentionally eat wheat–it just causes too many problems–but sweet, delectable sugar, man. It’s the temptress that rears her head all too often at holidays, birthday parties, and family gatherings.

Almost anything sweet is a trigger food. I can’t eat a piece, I eat the cake. I emotional eat. I boredom eat. Today I had most of a (fudge sized) tray of no-bake, low carb cheesecake and watermelon, and it wasn’t that bad but I’m still disappointed because once I tasted the cheesecake it was gone. If I indulge, I’m generally off the proverbial wagon for a month or two. It’s been a terrible cycle and that, my friends, is why I never lose weight–I have some chips and fruit at Thanksgiving and I can’t stop myself until after Christmas.

It’s just awful. I have two daughters under the age of two that seem to have the exact same eating patterns as me. They just love to gorge, and they’ll eat almost any time, even when they aren’t hungry. My poor babies.

I have to end the cycle. Some of us just aren’t capable of moderation, and that’s okay. Some people can eat a cookie and only one cookie, and some of us will eat the entire batch. For those of us who can’t just have one, it’s best to just refrain. I feel better and stronger when I can face the temptation with confident resistance.

Yo ho, yo ho…

 

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