Do the benefits of keeping a food log outweigh the time and effort of recording every little morsel of food and drink that passes your lips? I think it does and here’s why…
Using a food log…
Most people mindlessly go through their day, grabbing food whenever they feel hungry. They give very little thought to what goes in their body.
Perhaps one of the big benefits of keeping a food log is what happens when you use it as a planning tool. Sit down with your food log at the beginning of every week and plan what you want to eat at each meal and snack. Doing this will help you stay on track and, you can also record what you’re having for lunch or dinner as you go about your day.
Will you record every single meal? Probably not! If you know that you’ll be out and about for two hours, then an easy way to maintain your healthy eating is to plan the food you’ll bring with you.
Will you record snacks? Probably not as snacks are just that…Snacks. Need something quick? Have a piece of fruit. Need a bit of extra protein? Bring some nuts with you. If you’re running late for work or school, a bag of nuts with some dried fruit in it is a great grab-n-go snack for those late afternoon transports.
What about eating out?
By using a food log, you now realize how much you’re eating at each meal and snack, you can adjust your planning to ensure that you’re eating fairly healthy. Remember food logs don’t tell you what you shouldn’t be eating. They simply provide a raised finger print of what you’re eating. Using your log, you can adjust your eating plan to ensure that you’re consuming the best healthy foods.
Don’t forget how important it is to discuss healthy eating and how much you’re exercising with your family. Having constant positive support and discussion helps your family achieve the levels of health and weight they’re seeking.
You can make a log very quickly and use it as a planning tool to help you and your family reach healthy eating and fitness goals.
Tips To Keep Your Food Logging Practically Effective
Considering that you may not have time to log… you don’t need to be hard on yourself if you forget to log the food you had that day. Getting into the routine of logging what food you eat makes you notice just how much you consume on daily basis, which in turn will likely help you cut down how much you’re eating. However, this is a journey that you might be new to, so it’s important to be realistic and not restrict yourself too much.
All of these suggestions bring up the topic of planning. Is there a better way? You bet. Consider asking your boss for an agenda item so that you can focus on that, or find someone who could use the opportunity to log.
Get your family involved…especially those who are least likely to eat! This can be a good way to encourage you to carry on monitoring what you eat if you have moral support behind you. If you have people around you eating badly, you might cave and eat rubbish foods.
From there, have conversations about what’s making them gain weight, or have appropriate snacks.
For those loggers who prefer to record calories, size and types are helpful.
For families who simply want to eat healthier, find out what foods and what amounts.
Plan to eat more fruits and veggies.
Try foods that are new to your grocery list, but are on sale somewhere. Swap out your staples to prepare a meal or snack that’s fabulous both at home and eating out.
- Think about a time when you haven’t eaten in several hours? Have some healthy snacks nearby. (Try these veggie pods, or nut butter mixtures).
- Don’t forget to include foods that might surprise you. Chances are someone else has always made a terrific smoothie or soup for you. Maybe you can do the same. historicalking in for example and trying new recipes.
- Fun to see what the kids think. They’ll be happy to see you eating properly, aren’t they?
- Little by little, explore your grocery list. Things you’ve never tried, but might want to try.
- Take a grocery list with you to the store and check out.
- Don’t forget to write down what you’re having for dinner.
- Think about what you’re spending in college. How much are you blowing on snacks and beverages?
- Start making your grocery list so you have it handy. Plan to stick to it.
- Stop buying “bad for you, but cheap for me” food.
- Notice if your appetite or lack of time is making you binge.
- Take a moment to push through to the end of wherever your routine feels comfortable.