Does the word “moderation” mean anything anymore?
Is it that people want to hear good news about their bad habits?
This blog is the first in a two-part series on the word “moderation” and how we use it in relation to our health goals.
Is it really helping?
From my informal research on the use of this term, I find that oftentimes people who refer to “moderation” as their approach to health actually want to see change. They want to improve their health in some way, but may feel overwhelmed with, incapable of, or unwilling to take the necessary steps to do so.
It’s my opinion that some people use the term “moderation” when they want to shut down the conversation about their habits that may be less than favorable.
Moderately engaging in certain behaviors indicates that one is not engaging in extremes, but what else does it connote?
I believe the term “moderation” is a flag of resignation, rather than empowerment.
Is your “sometimes” really most of the time, or at least as much/equal to the time you do the things that are good for you?
Take a look at your overall week or month. Be honest with yourself. What is your norm?
I’m not suggesting that you engage in extremes, but I encourage you to look at the language you use and deliberately choose words that are personally meaningful.
If you use the term “moderation,” think about what that actually means to you in your daily life. Take a minute to check in with how often you moderately eat chocolate cake. You can do whatever you want. However, if you want to see new results with your health (e.g., weight loss, better sleep, less stress), be honest with yourself about your current behaviors. You're worth it.
To do something different means you will need to make a different choice than you have been making. But a new choice does not have to be a drastic choice. In fact, your choice should not be drastic if you want to maintain it over time.
Do something different, not drastic.
There is no one “right” next step to take to address your health. However, if you continue to get results that you do not want, it’s worth examining how often you "moderately" engage in behaviors that do not support your health.
In order to see a change, more of your activities than not should support your health goals.
In order to see new results, there must be a noticeable shift in how you spend your time. If you want to improve your health, you will have to prioritize it over drinks, dessert, and Netflix most of the time.
More on moderation in my next post. Until then, you might revisit some of my previous blogs on how to take the next step with your health.
You can also contact me if you’d like to work together to create your personal plan to achieve greater health.
Much Love Y’all,