“Everything in moderation” is an adage that applies to a healthy lifestyle, including positive eating habits. In the context of eating, it means balancing your food choices so that you give your body the energy it needs while also making yourself feel good. Pollak says that people should allow themselves to have foods that seem like indulgences, as long as they balance them with foods that provide nutrients that the others lack.
“For example, I’m a big chocolate person,” says Pollak. “I don’t limit myself in how much chocolate I could eat, but I do make an effort to also have other foods that are going to help me feel satisfied so I’m not just eating chocolate all day long. I don’t let chocolate replace my meal.”
Ultimately, the goal is to be more mindful of what your body needs during the day. “I feel there’s a lot of outside influence in our world in terms of telling people what they should and shouldn’t be eating and when they should and shouldn’t be eating it,” says Pollak. “You might need more snacks throughout the day than the person next to you or you might need fewer. Try your best not to compare yourself to others or to what they’re doing. That’s very important in maintaining this balance.”