What Moderation & Balance Really Mean Pretty Little Grub Moderation and balance are two words that as a Dietitian I use a lot. To me, these two words are the key to healthy eating. However, the reason most people resort to diets and want meal plans is because they are concrete. They tell you exactly what is okay and what’s not. Saying something is okay in moderation, is vague and can mean something different to each person. It can be challenging advice to follow. But I have a few tips that help explain what these terms mean and how you can use them to achieve a healthier diet. Include food from all food groups Diets that eliminate entire food groups like my recent review on the Whole 30 are difficult to sustain. Eating a variety of foods assists in achieving a balance of vitamins and minerals. It is possible to get all the nutrition required with a more restrictive eating patterns, however, it takes a lot of careful planning and unless you have a medical or ethical reason for it, I don’t recommend it. Plenty of vegetables and fruits The more vegetables and fruits you can include in your diet, the less room there will be for other foods. Vegetables should be the largest portion on your plate, not the smallest… This is an excerpt from the article What Moderation & Balance Really Mean which originally appeared on http://www.prettylittlegrub.com/.