Perhaps this can help you, a family member, one of your clients, or a friend. The bottom line is no one has a perfect diet and if they do, they will soon be miserable! I love food and I love healthy food. But c’mon, a diet should have fun too!
I have a pretty BIG sweet tooth and I am a Fitness Professional at the same time! How can one incorporate the foods they love and still get results? Balance and Moderation is a great start but there needs to be more sometimes.
My advice… try a food journal. I have so many clients that benefit from keeping a food journal. Look at what time of year it is too! I say NOW would be a good time to learn this tool.
But where to start you ask? Relax! I got you covered. 😉
My Top 5 Tips to Getting Started with a Food Journal:
1. Be honest.
Record everything you eat. It will shock you but you must do it. This is hard but it is the only way; you must be real, raw, and honest with yourself. No one else needs to read this either.
2. Be accurate.
Measure portions and read labels. Be strict! You only cheat yourself. If you had five Godiva truffles, then you had 5 Godiva truffles! Not two! But five!
3. Be complete.
Include details such as how the food was prepared and which toppings or condiments you added. Try your best to judge portions. What time do you usually eat? What time do you crash and burn and want chips, soda, sugary foods/beverages? Why? How are you feeling? What mood are you in when your cravings strike? Have you been getting poor sleep? How is your water?
4. Be consistent.
Always carry your food diary with you or use a diet-tracking application on your phone. This does not really work if you are not consistent. (No shock there, right!) You will see a pattern either working with you or against but you will never discover this if you do not monitor yourself. This is where you can really catch yourself and shift to make a change!
5. No need to get fancy!
Any notebook or pad of paper that is easily carried or an online program that can be accessed any time through a smart phone will work fine. There are many apps out there that my clients just love. I like to say, check in with yourself and your journal just as often as you check your emails, or social media! When you look at it like that, it will become a habit and get you on your way to reaching your goals! It is you being accountable and not dodging yourself.
Hopefully this gives you an idea of how easy and beneficial it is to have awareness and put that mindless munching to a final end! Now start that food journal!
My Motto: Eat Well. Stay Fit. Feel Great!
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