Journaling YOUR journey for health and wellness is SO important and gives you encouragement, motivation, and even provides a record for your health care provider if need be. It helps you eat mindfully, track your progress, and gives you the nitty gritty reality of how much you eat and what you eat. You can see what you’re lacking in, and the areas that need improvement the most, and shows you the connection between your emotions and the food you eat. You will begin to see patterns, habits, and mind/body/soul connection as you progress in your journaling.
Tips for your journal:
- Use a notebook or online myfooddiary.com
- Either journal food throughout the day, or in the evening.
- Record EVERYTHING you eat & drink
— types of foods
— even snacks, beverages, and cheats!! (you are less likely to cheat if you have to write it down)
— portion sizes (doesn’t have to be exact measurements)
- Record your physical & emotional response to what you ate
— were you satisfied or guilty?
— were you stressed & in a hurry or calm & enjoyed your meal?
— were you distracted doing another activity while eating?
- Review your journal for clues about your current habits & health situation
— Are you really hungry when you eat? Or bored? Stressed? Sad?
— Look at your portions, look for your weak areas
— Take note of your eating habits, do you eat lightly throughout the day and indulge in the evening? Try for well balanced meals throughout the day.