Moderation is the key to health and happiness

Moderation is the key to health and happiness

I hope you find the following short happiness article interesting (from

Here’s my problem with health-related advice and wisdom — it’s always changing. And I’m never sure if I’m buying into the right practice. Should I eat low-fat foods, for example, or should I stick with moderate amounts of regular food? Is red meat a good source of protein and other goodies or a direct path to breast cancer recurrence? Will sunscreen save my life or cause malignant lesions to develop on my fair skin?

I honestly don’t know what to think about these questions — or the handful of new ones that just came to my attention.

There’s the one about eggs. Some say they cause a rise in cholesterol. But now I learn that when eaten in moderation — about two per day — eggs do not contain enough cholesterol to do any damage.

Then there’s the carbs. It’s true that cutting down on them can lead to weight loss. But it’s also true that moderate consumption does not contribute to weight gain.

How about drinking eight glass of water a day? Maybe yes. Maybe no, according to experts who say we get water from sources other than diet alone and while we do need to replace water lost through breathing, urination, and sweating each day, our lost fluids do not total 64 ounces. And it seems we can drink too much water. This can lead to an imbalance of sodium and a condition called hyponatremia.

Vitamin supplements? Eat a good amount of fruits, veggies, whole grains, low-fat dairy, protein, and the right amount of calories and you don’t need a multivitamin. But most of us don’t eat right. So we probably need one.

OK. Now breathe. Take it all in. Filter it. Use it. Abandon it. As for me — I’m going with the tactic mentioned above several times — moderation. Seems to me this approach is the key to both health and happiness.