“There are two kinds of people in the world: Those that think there are two kinds of people in the world and those who don’t”; I am the former. This isn’t intended to be a deep-dive into the laws of distinction, but the quote does give me an opportunity to talk about the two types of nutrition clients I encounter.
On one hand, you have your moderators. These iron-willed individuals can be identified by their ability to have a little of something and move on with their day. For example, in front of you lies a tray of fresh-baked brownies, the thick-fudgy kind with a crispy edge; a moderator has one square and goes about their day. There is no regret on the part of the moderator for not having had just one more. As strange as this behavior may sound, these people do exist.
On the other hand, you have abstainers. These are the people who can either have no brownies or eat all of them. Abstainers can be identified by statements like, “I don’t keep it in the house because I know I will eat it.” Or, “I choose to stay away from it altogether.” If this sounds like something you have said, chances are you may be an abstainer, and that’s OK!
At the core of being successful with nutrition, is knowing oneself. You don’t have to decide right now whether you are a moderator or abstainer; the label isn’t important. However, knowing your habits and your triggers is. Do you snack out of boredom? Do you salt your food before you taste it? Is your eating routine, or neccessity? Answering these questions and others like them can help make deciding whether you are a moderator or abstainer a little easier.
To Your Continues Success,
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