The Christmas season and New Year’s celebrations are times of merriment, food and drink with family and friends. There can be overindulgence and the consequences—upset stomach, raised blood pressure or insulin levels…hangovers. All can be avoided. The Catholic News got advice from dietitian Kimberly Suraj about how to do this.
KS: ‘Eating in moderation’ is a common term many dietitians may say or talk about. However, the term may be too vague and a bit difficult to measure. The issue with the term ‘moderation’ is that it is very subjective; it can mean many different things to different people. My idea of moderation could be infrequent (never) while another’s idea of moderation could be frequent! My idea of a small piece or slice could be a bigger piece or slice. It also does not apply to persons who may have a medical condition and need to avoid certain foods. The key to moderation is about finding the right balance between two extremes—deprivation and overindulging. Eating in moderation is not a licence to eat whatever we want when we want. One, serving sizes are attached to each food item and serves as a guide to help us not be deprived nor overindulge. Serving sizes is a topic dietitian try to educate patients and clients about so that they have a better understanding of how much really should be used. When in doubt, of course use small sizes and less frequent. There are also some strategies that we can use that can help us use foods in moderation, if we do not know serving sizes, such as:
Remember “Everything in moderation… including moderation” ~ Oscar Wilde