Food Journals & Tracking
Depending on your personality, schedule and access to gadgetry, you may want to keep your food journals online, on your cell phone in a word doc, your desktop, or in a physical grasp of a small paper notebook.
I’ve kept all versions, but I mostly prefer to use my phone app called lose it! ~ because I can open it up in a snap and always have my cell phone with me. My friends and family all know I’m a social media junkie.
Write everything down. I would highly recommend you write or log everything you eat one time midday and one time at night. The more often you can write or log your meals , the less you’ll forget to document them… and that’s a very good thing for a successful food journal.
Here is a guide for measuring serving sizes without having to bring kitchenware around with you:
Carbohydrates (fruit, grains, starches) Portions
Fats (nuts, oils, nut butters) Portions
It is very important to track mindless
eating and cravings that pop up at certain times of the day. It is just as important as what you’re eating, make sure to write
down how much you’re eating and the time your eating.
meal” is part of that 10% of the time that you can eat
unhealthy and still get the results you want. For most people, this comes out
to 3-4 meals a week, Again be mindful of your goal.
keeping your journal, highlight these meals so you don’t end up with more
than your expected goal.
Most often than not I'm really tempted to fudge in my journal when I've been bad on my diet. I feel so guilty recording things like potatoes chips and ice cream sandwiches that I've eaten at 10:00 pm! But, that's the great part about recording your food... if I'm honest, I can really follow trends and patterns in my eating habits and prepare for them next time. So, I'm totally honest in my food records.
If you can't be true to yourself than who can you be true to?
Food journals are one of THE most important physical tools for a person trying to adopt healthier eating habits.
It offers so many benefits:
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