Thinky post today! I have been reading a lot of different blogs/articles lately and have been ruminating about the use and/or place of the word “restriction” when it comes to eating.
Now right off the bat, you think “NO! Restriction is horrible. It leads to problems with bingeing, etc!”
Is it the actual word ‘restriction’ that sets off that panic feeling or is it something else? I think that all of us really do recognize that there has to be some restrictions in our diet of some type. Whatever that is for you, like cutting down calories, lower carbs, reducing fat, reducing Points, portion sizes, etc. It all comes down to some type of restricting. That includes intuitive eating styles. When you try to only eat when hungry, you are really restricting your behaviors. So, this term isn’t confined to just ‘dieting’.
Now, I am thinking restrictions are not necessarily a bad thing, although they can easily cross the line into Disorderville. Isn’t restriction really just moderation? Restriction could just mean restricting overeating to a normal calorie range. It could also mean restricting to starvation. I guess it is just a matter of degree.
What word do you think would be better than ‘restricting’ to keep a positive attitude about how you eat? Is it ‘moderation’? You know that saying of all things in moderation.
So if you think you are ‘moderating’ your calories, does it seem the same as saying you are restricting them – or different? And if you say that to someone else, will you be less likely to be lectured about how you are eating?
Does it even really matter what you call it?
So that term has just been rolling around in my noggin lately.