“Cybermedia will make every man his own editor, which in turn makes every writer a fool. The Internet will transmit misinformation very efficiently. We will miss the gatekeepers.”

 — Neal B. Freeman, Dec. 11, 1995

Even though I write one myself, healthy living blogs worry me at times. I know there are a lot of people out there reading them for weight loss advice and insight, and I would not want anyone to look at the misinformation out there as legitimate advice. When I weighed 300 pounds, I grabbed at any weight loss advice that came down the pike — especially the advice that seemed the easiest. 

It’s great when a blogger shows that they eat junk, too. But when I see bloggers consistently eating cookies and candy and bar food and writing it off as “balance” or “moderation,” it makes me think of a moment in Jillian Michael’s 30-Day Shred. Jillian says, “You’ve been told just take the stairs — that is a false message of lethargy! You’re capable of working out and you are capable of working out hard.” By the same token, some healthy living blogs are spreading a false message of moderation.

It boils down to, I think, a matter of semantics. Moderation is two cookies after a meal or a 1/2 cup of lowfat ice cream. A DQ blizzard is an indulgence. Last night, fiance and I couldn’t resist the siren’s song of DQ’s blizzard birthday sale: buy one blizzard and the second is 25 cents.

We got the chocolate chip cookie dough and April’s Blizzard of the Month, the Ooey Gooey!

No photo can do justice to the Ooey Gooey, which is a caramel brownie flavor.

So, yeah, I eat Blizzards. (Actually, not even a whole one; fiance and I split the Ooey Gooey and 3/4 of the cookie dough blizzard is in the freezer.) But I eat such things knowing that they are something I can eat only on occasion, not in moderation. I would never give up Blizzards (or ice cream in any form) totally, but as someone who has lost weight and is working on keeping it off, I want you to know that there is some degree of restraint involved. I would love to hit up DQ’s Blizzard sale every night this week, but I won’t. 

There are folks out there who are probably able to eat more treats than others and still stay slim; they won the genetic lottery, I guess. Indulgences are great once in awhile, but if you’re looking at serious weight loss, you need to have a firm grasp on what moderation really is.  


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