I am sure when you hear the phrase “Everything in Moderation” you think it is a very reasonable and wise thing to do.
I mean, if you like hamburgers and french fries, as long as you eat it in moderation, that is OK, right?
Well, I am not so sure that “Everything in Moderation” is a wise idea. Let’s think about it a bit more.
So, it says EVERYTHING in moderation. How about Hemlock? How about Crack Cocaine? Think of all of the things that should not be part of “everything” when it comes to the statement.
A lot of people don’t like it that I am fasting. That’s OK, what they think really is their opinion. But, no need to give constant criticism. Think about it like this… to me, a hamburger and fries may be just as deadly as crack cocaine is. How? Why?
Well, I can think of a couple reasons.
- I feel that a hamburger and fries would be addictive to me. If I ate one, I might fall back into the habit of eating that. I have a predisposition to want that kind of thing. Now, though, I have kicked the habit and have no desires. But, if I eat that for one meal, maybe I won’t be able to say no to that next burger. Maybe I will be like the alcoholic who takes that one drink after 20 years. Usually, it ends up badly. I have no desire for it now, so why take the risk?
- I am actually allergic to these kinds of foods. I am insulin resistant. Eating a load of carbs has a huge insulin response. If I don’t eat large amounts of carbs, the insulin spikes don’t happen. If I at this kind of thing, the insulin merry-go-round starts again. That is very similar to an allergy. What do you think of a child who has a severe peanut allergy? Should he eat peanuts in moderation? Of course not! He should avoid peanuts at all cost. That applies to me with carbs too.
So, how does this apply to fasting? Well, a lot of people tell me that it is “too extreme” to fast (even though it is something a lot of people do these days). They tell me I should just eat all foods in moderation. If that is what they want, that is fine, and I support it for them. But, I can also choose what is best for me.
For me, if I eat 3 small meals per day, I am hungry. It is very difficult to limit calories like that, for me. I find fasting very easy to do though. I have fasted for extended periods of up to 12 days. I have fasted quite a few times for 10 days and also done a lot of 5-day fasts. It has not been difficult to do. In fact, if you want to call it a diet (I look at it as a lifestyle), I would say that it is the easiest diet that I have ever done in my life.
So, eating in moderation is much harder for me than fasting. So, why not fast?
Everything in moderation? I don’t think it is a wise thing to say. There are always variables. And, let me say, I am not advising anybody to fast, I am only saying it works best for me. Only me. What you do is up to you to decide, and I would not criticize you for it.