Why keep a Nutritional Journal?

food-diary

How’s your relationship with Food?

What kind of eater are you?  – an on the run or an or in-the-car eater?

Do you stand-at-the-kitchen bench or over-the-kitchen-sink and eat?

Or maybe you eat  most of your meals in front of the computer or the TV or phone?

Which makes us tend to eat faster, eat more and it makes it harder to remember how much you have eaten, so that leaves you feeling less satisfied.Eat while distracted1

Our relationship with food tells us a lot about our health. Many of us spend so much time ignoring our food, so we create habits that detaches us from the real reasons why we need to eat; as a result we create  a very sad relationship with our food, therefore we have health issues as a result.

I believe that there is a great value in slowing down and bringing awareness to our food.

Keep in mind that we are not only digesting the food we are eating, we are also digesting the conversations we are having and the environment we are in. The simple act of bringing awareness to our relationship with food helps us to unravel our emotional eating and allows a better relationship not only with food, but also with our relationship to ourselves.

Do you think that you’ll be capable of loyalty to a diet if you haven’t addressed your disloyalty toward yourself? Until your fundamental relationship with yourself is healed, then your relationship to food will always be a battlefield.

It’s not enough to just tell yourself what not to do; you must learn a new way to think before you can master a new way to be.

That is why a nutrition diary is a powerful tool.

The foods we eat have a tremendous ability to either bring us into balance physically and emotionally or to bring us out of balance. A food diary is a powerful tool to bring awareness to our eating patterns and habits. Understand what and how to eat is important to wellness, people who eat high quality nutritious food naturally have higher energy, stronger digestion and clear thinking than those who eat fast or junk food.

Keeping a food diary is a great way to help you stick to your food plan and helps you to keep on track. You probably think that you know exactly what you eat everyday. By seeing exactly what you eat and how you feel after you have eaten, you can begin to cut certain types of food out of your meals that you may have an intolerant with and help you recognize your food habits, triggers and help you understand real hunger.

You may not realize it right away, but over time, your food diary will actually make you want to eat healthier and help you to look at food in a whole new way. A Nutrition journal will teach you to listen to your body far beyond food and other forms of nourishment which we call these primary food they are need to fill your soul and satisfy your hunger for a full happy healthy life.

When you balance your primary food with love, fun and excitement, making food you eat secondary.

How to use the Nutrition Journal.

It starts with practice and grows into a habit.                                                   Commit to an Schedule. An important aspect of the long-term success of your nutritional journal is the commitment with which you use it. You can either enter as you go through your day into an on-line food journal or you can keep a small notebook and manually log all your feelings, food and drinks during the day and then enter the information into the food journal during the evening or before bed. The important thing is to find a method that works for you and to stick with it.

Be honest with yourself, trust your body it has the answers, the little changes you make everyday will leave to a huge transformation most of all relax have fun and be yourself.

Morning intentions Live with Intentions.

Make yourself the promise to live form intentions and less from habit.

I believe that beginning your day by setting (or re-setting) your intention can help you further connect with your beliefs and then incorporate them throughout the day.

Sit in the quiet stillness of the morning light and start your waking hours silently setting your intention that will take you through your day.

Evenings Reflections.

Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning- Albert Einstein.

Our thoughts and thinking patterns eventually define our emotions and drive our behavior. Life is hectic we all need a time and space in our days to be still collect ourselves. An evening reflection ritual can add to everyone’s quality of life. The important thing is to have a devoted time and quiet place every evening.

Weekly Check-ins.

Character may be manifested in the great moments, but it is made in the small ones-Phillips Brooks.

Each week’s check-in gives us an opportunity to notice, acknowledge and celebrate our successes and/or to notice and acknowledge what’s not working.

The idea of a food journal may seem hard work, unpleasant, or terrifying to some people that really do not want to look at how they eat.   You may have feelings of fear, loneliness, anger or failure attached to what you eat.

You may be surprised that food has an even bigger emotional charge for you than you realized.

A great saying is “What you don’t measure you cant manage”.

Just give it a try for one-week and watch the magic happen.

This entry was posted in Mind. Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s