The Food Journal
I have mentioned keeping a food diary several times throughout the duration of this blog, this is because it is the most helpful tool in my weight loss journey. I think that normally the food diary is to simply record your weight, what you eat, how much you eat of it, and what it all means in the world of calories. I however have come accustomed to not only recording all of these aspects but also my mood and emotions and how it effected my eating choices. Doing this took a lot of work as going from eating whatever you want and suddenly becoming fully aware of every aspect of your food is never easy to do, but I am happy to say that it is a habit that I take time to do every day.
The first thing that I always record is the date, this allows me to have an idea of time when I flip back in my journal. Then I record my weight for the day. After this I write a sentence about how I feel. Sometimes, if I have enough time in the morning, I will write down a little self affirmation to make myself feel better if things didn’t go as planned.
If you are just starting off and are trying to understand the real concept of food, this is where I suggest you get more diligent and specific with your recordings. Now that I have been doing this diet for quit some time I know exactly how many calories, carbs, and grams of protein are in the foods that I eat. If you are just starting out however, I recommend writing down what you eat, how much you have eaten, and the carbs and calories that go along with this. As time progresses you will begin to develop an understanding of what works and how much of it you can handle. If you are suffering from tinnitus I would recommend recording the salt content in your food as well, you never fully understand everything that is put into processed foods until you’re forced to write it down.
At the end of the day I like to sit down and really write out how the day went, the ups and downs, the fast parts and the dull parts, how it all overall effected my choices. Then I give a brief description of how it all made me feel in the end and if I feel confident that tomorrow will bring me good results.
Keeping a food/mood diary will help you understand how food can effect your emotions and the effects and consequences of these emotions, whether good or bad. Give it a try!
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