One of my fav sayings in the whole world:
Moderation in all things -- including moderation.
I'm pretty sure we (as a society) are not putting the value on moderation that we should. My example: the rise of "Extreme" as a marketing tool. Seriously! Tonight when you are home watching TV, pay attention to how many times the word Extreme is used in commercials and TV trailers -- Extreme Doritos, Extreme Razors (do we really want our razors to be Extreme??), not to mention Extreme Sports...and the list goes on.
We like the end points of the pendulum swing -- they are entertaining. But as a lifestyle, doesn't it get exhausting to live on the extremes? Too much food and you are soooo stuffed you can't move (and all you can think about is how much food you ate and the berating of yourself that goes along with that) -- swing over to the soooo hungry you think you just might starve to death before you get to eat again ( and all you can think about is what you are going to eat or not be able to eat).
Moderation in eating is a good thing. If you are eating moderately (think level 7 or 8) most of the time, you can over eat occasionally and it won't matter because your mindfulness training will help you eat less at the next meal (because you will be less hungry...or maybe not hungry at all).
We are coming into the season of extreme eating excess (and maybe we don't ever really leave it any more). Moderation in your eating might be just the freedom you need to get you through the holiday with your sanity and pants that still fit.