Over at Chicken Tender, Chandelle talks about that moderation thing. She suggests that moderation is actually a radical practice in our culture:
It’s about enjoying a diversity of experiences and options and choices in one’s life, constantly adjusting and responding from an inner sense of trust and judgment. And it’s a very personal thing. By necessity, moderation can only be defined individually. This is why diets have such a negative psychological impact — they strip you of your ability to listen to internal cues and lead you to distrust yourself. Instead of eating when you’re hungry, you might force yourself to drink water instead, or chew gum or consume some voluminous food-like concoction to “trick” your body into a sense of satiation. Instead of responding to messages from your body, you’re reacting to rules from someone who most likely does not even know you.
One of the subtleties of this message is what’s really involved with “an inner sense of trust and judgment.” Too often this is translated to eating processed food … and lots of it. And initially, that may happen (in his podcast with Angelo Coppola, Charles Eisenstein suggests that sometimes that’s just ourselves testing to see if we really will allow ourselves to make the decisions).
But if we choose these foods and then eat them mindfully, or consciously, we my find that what we think we want is far less satisfying (here’s a great example).