Good morning everyone!
Day 13 and we’re confident you’re all going strong with the tasks and feeling the difference they’re making to your health.
Today’s task is about taking note of what you’re putting into your body. Today, you’re going to:
Make a food journal.
Simply grab a pen and paper, jot it down in your planner, or capture notes on your phone.
Every time you eat or drink anything through the day, write it down and note the time. Be sure to capture the quantity of everything you write down. When it’s something that comes from a packet, note the serving size on the nutritional label, and if it’s something you can’t quantify it in that way, use your first size as an indication.
When you see your intake written down in black and white, it’s easier to see where you can make changes to improve.
Most people want to shift some weight come the new year, and food journaling can help.
You may believe your eating habits are sound, but when you see it written on paper, it can be something else entirely. You start to notice that certain foods you choose or habits you have around food are leading to weight gain.
When you do come to writing your intake down, be sure to make note of everything that passes your lips. If it’s a little mouthful here and another nibble there, it all adds up and it can be these seemingly minor things that you can learn to change that can have a great impact on your ability to manage your weight.
It’s not only weight loss that a food journal can be beneficial for. It can help to:
- Identify food intolerance’s
- Manage portion control and meal timing
- Figure out where more healthy eating habits can be included, for example, meals that may need more protein and/or veggies
- Determine which foods may trigger certain actions (cravings, mood changes, energy level changes)
If there’s anything you want to know about when it comes to your food intake, keeping a journal can help. There are also many free apps available that you can easily download onto your phone to help you keep track. An additional bonus with these types of apps is that they will show you where you may need some more nutritional help in the form of vitamins, minerals and individual nutrients.
Give it a try. It may seem complicated and time consuming to begin with, but once you get the hang of it, it’ll be easy to continue – and so beneficial in the long run.
To your good health,
Team Aches Away
PS) Find out how to better activate your body’s rest and digest response in tomorrow’s task!