When food has been your ‘friend’, a makeshift therapist, your enemy, something you’ve been fighting with for the better part of your life, hearing the words ‘the secret is everything in moderation’ is not only puzzling, frustrating and one hell of an enigma.
‘Everything in Moderation’ is possibly the most famous piece of diet advice ever given. And it seems to be very popular at the moment to the point where I come across this in some motivational and aspirational form or another almost every damn day.
As someone who struggled with disordered eating for years, I loathe this advice, especially for women with a history of disordered eating.
Inspiration for this blog post came about when I stumbled across this piece of advice from a very popular Australian nutritionist on social media:
“Unhealthy foods are only unhealthy if you eat them in excess. Balance is key. Therefore, you can (and should) eat anything you want… as long as you eat it in moderation.”
If you’ve deprived yourself for so long you’re either going to find this makes little to no sense or object: “But I will likely only binge eat”…which I don’t doubt for a moment.
The problem is, moderation works for very few people.
You know this to be true. And I bet my bottom dollar you’ve tried to achieve ‘moderation’ countless times. (And if it actually worked for you long-term, you wouldn’t need any more advice about food, would you?)
Here’s the thing: the concept of “moderation” is intangible, fluffy and therefore meaningless to the majority of us, especially those of us who have been fighting food.…