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Moderation … Yeah, That’s a Thing

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

By Meghann Ackerman

It’s recently come to my attention that Victor and I have widely different concepts of what “more healthy” means.

Victor’s cholesterol has been creeping up and his doctor had him start a new medication to bring it down. Given his own CHD and his family’s heart health history, this is a very good thing. At my last doctor’s appointment I was told I could stand to up my good cholesterol levels a little. So, right from the start, we have different points of view.

“Are you going to start eating more healthy foods?” I asked when Victor heard from his doctor.

“Well, I’ll never fully give up junk food…”

This is usually when he gets an eye roll from me. See, my idea of “eating more healthy foods” is just that—including more fruits and veggies, which, in turn, will most likely lead to a decrease in fatty meats and starches. Victor sees health in more black and white terms. For him, “eating healthy” means no junk food.

I’m pretty confident in my moderation approach, but can Victor afford to be the same way? Should he be adopting a more militant stance on which foods he eats? Most importantly, what does this mean for our future ice cream consumption?


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