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Microblog: Are You an Abstainer or a Moderator?

Microblog: Are You an Abstainer or a Moderator?

One of my first shares was re: abstainers vs. moderators. For me, this was life-changing. As an abstainer, I no longer had to fit the moderator norms pressed on us in society.

🔥Yes, it’s normal and healthy to be an abstainer. And it’s also normal to be a moderator.

🔐It’s essential to figure out your tendencies. This can be key to finding a diet that helps you heal and be consistent.

🌗You can be an abstainer in some areas and a moderator in others, but usually, people fall into one category, especially with temptations.⠀

🍫If you know that one piece of chocolate always turns into two and then a few more trips to the kitchen, you might be an abstainer.⠀

⚖Standard care nutrition believes that everything should be in moderation, but when you are more susceptible to having an addiction to sugar, moderation is torture.

The only way may be abstinence.⠀

🤨Standard care would NEVER recommend moderation in drinking, drugs and other habits that turn into addictions. Abstinence is always key.⠀

🍞And when we know these foods (carbs and sugar) provide nutrient-poor levels of nutrition and in excess risk metabolic syndrome (and nutrient depletion), it’s THAT much easier consider that abstinence is key.⠀

🪙If you’re a moderator, the story is a bit different. Moderation is the key to success. The world is tailored to moderators.

🦁I’m betting that most meat-only carnivores are abstainers. Instead of trying to fit moderations, we can embrace our abstaining tendencies.

🍊If one orange makes you want orange smoothies and then orange cupcakes, you may fare better by abstaining.

🥩Nourish your body with nutrient-dense meats as that will help fight our physical cravings. When the body is nourished, you now can work on the battle with the mind. You don’t want both the body and mind fighting against you. It’s just a lose, lose situation.⠀

🙇🏻‍♀️For years, I tried hard to comply. Comply as plant-based. Comply as a moderator, practicing intuitive eating.

Eventually, I’d stumble and then fall.

🤺But when I embraced that I’m an abstainer, I gained freedom that I never could have imagined. AND YOU CAN HAVE THAT FREEDOM TOO. ♥️


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  • Martin Nguyen
    June 27, 2023 at 11:05 am

    I used to eat out of habit. After abstaining from carbs and sugar sources for a couple of years, I’m able to moderate.

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