So we all know about keeping a food journal. If you have ever gone to any alternative practitioner regarding your health, you will have been asked at some point to write down all the foods you eat in a given time period. These can be really helpful for people who want to lose weight or need to identify problem foods. I talk about them to many people, and I often recommend an individual use one. But I have to admit, following my own advice was something I really hadn’t done before!
So when my own practitioner recently asked me to keep a food journal, I found myself learning first hand just how helpful this is! Each week I write down what I eat for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and any in between snacks. Even though I have seen a marked improvement in my health over the last six years, it’s always a work in progress. I still struggle with a few recurring health issues. This is where I know nutrition has gotten me to a certain level, but I need the next component of my health plan to bump me to the next. So my health practitioner asked me to journal my foods daily to help pinpoint ways to improve upon my treatment approach.
Wow! This has been so very helpful! Within one or two days I could already see where I needed to make some changes. Eating grain free and dairy free has helped me immensely, but I was able to see where I was letting sugary treats sneak back in. I also saw that I was lacking in variety. For those of us who experience struggling immune systems, variety is important. Eating too little variety can trigger food sensitivities, especially when we are already prone to experiencing them. For me, weight is not the focal point of my outcome, but the journaling has been very helpful to make me aware of all those times I eat “just a little more” of something, or grab “one more bite”. Sound familiar? In addition, just the practice of writing something down is a sort of accountability. For some of us, accountability to ourselves is all we need. But for the rest of us, reporting back to another person adds an element of responsibility in sticking to the regimen. This latter group, that’s me.
So, I’m still working on my food diary. And I imagine I will continue to do so for a while. It’s been extremely helpful for me to pinpoint areas of weakness. And at this point in my journey, it really does come down to the details. But whether you are further along in your personal journey, or you are just starting out, keeping detailed notes is wonderfully beneficial. It is a great way to make yourself more aware of choices and habits that are likely affecting your lifestyle. So if you haven’t been keeping a food diary, perhaps now is a great time to do so. You’ll be amazed at how much this can help you!