Words to the Wise: Everything in Moderation

Words to the Wise: Everything in Moderation

If you ever have talked with a dietitian about food, you’ve likely heard him say one or both of these famous catchphrases: “All foods can fit” or “everything in moderation.” To many people, including myself at times, these words start to sound like a broken record. But they really do ring true.

Over the years, when I’ve talked with people who have diabetes about food and nutrition, I’ve come across folks who have developed a rather extremist “all or nothing” attitude about food. It’s understandable, in one way, because what and how much you eat are so closely tied to blood glucose control. But I’ve never felt comfortable telling someone never to have, say, white rice or orange juice.

Certainly, many foods are more nutritious and wholesome than others, and these are the foods that should be the mainstays of a healthy eating plan. But to forever shun a warm slice of white bread? Or a scoop of chocolate chip ice cream? Or a handful of potato chips? I don’t think so. At least, not for me. So, this week’s posting is dedicated to foods that you may have written off as being “bad” or “to be avoided at any cost.”