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Food Journaling for Fitness

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Food Journaling for Fitness.  Keeping a diary isn’t just for teenage girls. Keeping a dietary record of what you eat, when you eat it, and how you felt before, during and after, may provide important clues for you in terms of your health and fitness.

Why You Should Journal

Why is journaling important? Do you think you eat more when you just have a bulk bag of snacks open on your lap in front of the television, or when you weigh, measure and portion out a serving of food and keep yourself to just that? Yes, freewheeling when it comes to your weight loss program is not going to cut it. In fact, not measuring and tracking your food in the past may have led you to overeat.

When you are forced to write down every little morsel of food that you put in your mouth, it can be quite shocking. You may not even have realized just how calorically dense certain foods were. Some particularly devious desserts, like pound cake, or fast convenient foods like a “Big Mac”, can have almost an entire day’s worth of calories in them. Food journaling helps you learn the nutritional values of foods and proper portion sizes.

What Journaling Your Food Reveals

Journaling your daily food intake can also show you patterns. If you tend to feel sluggish every afternoon, you may be able to look back in your journal and see that your noon-time turkey sandwiches were making you sleepy. Or, if you seem to have a gurgling stomach a few nights a week, you might refer back to your food journal and see milk products might be the culprit.

Food and Mood

And, journaling really doesn’t have to stop at just tracking your food intake. Many people like to keep track of their moods too since emotions often tie in with your eating habits. You might notice the urge to snack or eat “junk” foods when you’re stressed out or too tired. Journaling can help you ferret out the patterns in your behavior and tie it all together.

Once you’ve established certain destructive patterns, you will also have the “evidence” you need to address and change or neutralize those patterns. If you can see when you overate, and why, you’re more likely to be successful on your weight loss program because you’ll be able to avoid possible pitfalls in the future.

Recipe for Success

Ingredients:

1 notebook or journal
Pen or pencil
Calorie and macronutrient counter
10 minutes every morning
5 minutes after every meal

Pre-heat your mental oven by sitting each morning and writing out how you’re feeling. Add some notes about how you would like your day to go. Throw in a little bit of gratitude for all the good in your life. Next, record your meals and weigh, measure and tally portions and calories. Let everything gel for the day.

To get the most out of your food journal, try making it a food and mood journal. By documenting how you’re feeling emotionally when you eat, you’ll be able to reveal patterns in your thoughts in relation to your eating behaviors. Next time you’re stressed out, you’ll recognize your inclination to reach for the carbohydrate rich, sugary snacks, and you can develop a strategy to deal with that emotion in a different way.

Use your journal to learn about yourself, your body, and how you react to foods and moods. This can be an eye-opening experience and one that can help you mold your future actions.

To get more information about developing a healthy lifestyle, be sure to visit Viance Nutrition. You can learn all about fat loss, healthy food choices, and more at Viance.com.

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