Monday, December 9, 2013

"Moderation" and Why It's Not All It's Cracked up to be

I consider myself a "wordsmith" of sorts. Now, nothing like Shakespeare, Bronte, Ibsen, or Goethe, but simply to the effect that my co-workers frequent my desk to ask how to spell something, or if "irregardless" is a word (btw, it's not).

And one of the words I've come to cringe at...nay, loathe, is the word "moderation."

"Moderation," according to the dictionary means:

mod·er·ate (mdr-t)
1. Being within reasonable limits; not excessive or extreme:

Not excessive? What in the world does that mean? Is it not excessive if you only eat sugar three times a day? I mean, three's a pretty small number. I'll have three pieces of chocolate cake, please. Is it not excessive if you only pick your nose three times a day? Still, three is a small number compared to ... thirty. Is it not excessive if you only watch three minutes of porn a day? Three minutes is nothing. It could barely do anything. It's not like I'm indulging in it.

You see, who defines what is not excessive?

Besides, who said that we should eat meat, sugar, dairy, or anything in "moderation?" It certainly wasn't God. He said "sparingly" which has a completely different definition than "moderation."

Also, let me throw out some other definitions of the word "Moderate."

"Middle of the Road."
"Less Rigorous."

I don't know about you, but I don't want to be in the middle of the road. Not on anything regarding my welfare. I'm gonna pick a side, thank you very much. Also, I don't want to eat an average amount of meat. Do you wanna know what the average amount of meat is that people eat?

Now, that's a little scary to me. The average has just become a little less..."moderate" than we thought.

Because of "moderation's" ambiguous definition, it also opens up the possibility of actually going overboard. This is why the plant-based industry has said, "You think Moderation works? I want to see you be a moderate smoker. Show me a moderate crack user." It doesn't work. It's an extreme comparison, but what is the real difference?

When we're actually told to eat meat sparingly (deficiently), and we interpret it "moderately" and we eat it for even two meals a day...we're missing the real meaning. The commandment.

Take a look at this video clip of Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn as he explains why the "Moderation Mentality" kills:
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