The Myth of “Moderation”

by Erica on October 26, 2015

One of the things I’ve heard people say quite often, and something I’ve even used myself, is that everything is okay in moderation.

We’ve been taught this for years, whether from doctors, through diets, in schools, and in the media.

That being said, we need to finally delete the myth of “everything in moderation” from our brains, particularly in relation to our nutrition.

The truth is, when we learn definitively from the World Health Organization that the processed meats most of us consume cause cancer, there is no moderate amount that is acceptable for us to consume.

Actually- they put processed meats – bacon, hot dogs, and sausage to name a few – in the same category as tobacco and asbestos.  I say again, TOBACCO AND ASBESTOS.

Red meat (beef, lamb, and pork) was listed in the “probably carcinogenic” group this year.  On a side note, the WHO also added glysophate to this category, which is the active ingredient in many weedkillers.  Yes, weedkillers.  An herbicide is in the same category as beef, lamb, and pork.

Moderation doesn’t work with high sugar foods and drinks either, particularly with soda.  One can of soda, on average, has around 40 grams of sugar.  This is twice the recommended amount of TOTAL daily sugar for women, and 1 1/2 times the TOTAL daily recommended amount of sugar for men.

Yet, many of us will continue to eat processed and red meats, and consume soda.

Hey- I get it, bacon is delicious. I was speaking at a military event two years ago, and it wasn’t until I mentioned the word bacon, that one of the Soldiers in the room finally looked up and started listening.  I could have stood on my head naked, but bacon is what got his attention.

Moderation is appropriate when the food you want to consume is a healthy whole food, which includes fruits, veggies, legumes (fancy nutrition code word for beans, peas, and lentils), and whole grains.

When you’re talking about soda, or something that causes cancer – like hot dogs, bacon, sausage, and cold cuts – there truly is no “moderate” amount that is acceptable.

Take a deep breath, feel into your body, and ask it if there is an acceptable amount of cancer causing food your body is okay with?

Is your body okay with consuming high sugar foods and drinks that cause us to gain weight, develop inflammation, and contribute to a host of degenerative diseases?

Of course not.

We need to stop focusing as much on treating cancer, and start focusing more on PREVENTING cancer.

If you are going to eat some of these WHO Group 1 and Group 2A list foods (their ’causes cancer’ and ‘probably causes cancer’ lists), do so knowing it’s not ok.

In other words, let go of the “moderation” excuse.  Own it.  And try to change it.

Start by cutting back and eating more whole foods.  But let go of the excuse of moderation and be conscious of what you’re eating.

Because moderation is only acceptable when we’re talking about real, whole foods.

Life is too precious to eat cancer causing foods.

Take good care,

ps- I’m now on a quest to learn whether my nitrate free, GMO free, gluten free, antibiotic free, cassein free, humanely raised organic bacon also falls into Group 1.  If it does, I’ll be having my own “Come to Jesus” moment in relation to my most favorite chili recipe.

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