Keeping track of your food seems like a daunting task right? You have a hard enough time eating regularly, and now you’re supposed to track it?! Well here’s why I think you should give it a go for a few days at minimum.
Writing down your food consumption, or logging it into helpful apps like MyFitnessPal helps you discover things you didn’t even realize you were doing, and learn about what’s in your food. Commonly what my clientele have been able to discover is:
- They may be making healthier choices, but they’re not consuming enough of these healthier choices to fuel their body with their level of activity, which can be hindering their results even though they feel stronger
- Foods that you thought were healthier options, actually aren’t that healthy when you check out what’s beyond the calories and in the macronutrients
- When you log food, your competitive side for consistency comes out and you may find that you make better choices because you don’t want to record unhealthy options. You want to keep your healthy streak going!
- You start to learn about your food, make more conscious choices, and improve your portion sizes because you understand how to have better balanced meals and snacks to meet your macronutrient goals
I agree that food logging may not be a long-term, sustainable habit for a BUSY BODY, but when you are first beginning your fitness journey, it’s helpful to at least try and log 3-days of meals.
Here’s my task for you! Log two weekdays and one weekend day of meals and snacks to see what you do naturally. You may surprise yourself! Self-awareness is the key here. From there, either seek out professional help to analyze your habits, and/or start to make more conscious choices based off what you find. Try out new habits for 2-weeks to catch a rhythm for your new eating habits, and then check-in to determine if any progress has been made on your end. If there has been, great! Keep going! If not, no problem! Now you know! Determine small new changes that can be made and adjust as needed. This is all about trial and error to create habits best for YOUR lifestyle. And once you catch a routine that works, and connect how you feel internally with your results, you can start to back off your food log, and check in every so often to reasses.
Remember, these strategies are meant to be helpful and not daunting. These small efforts outside of your comfort zone will help benefit you in the long run, so it doesn’t feel like work to make healthier choices. You got this!
Remember, it’s not about perfection, it’s about progression.
Enjoy the journey!
Wishing you Health & Happiness,
Your BUSY BODIES Coach