When it comes to nutrition, the best way to see what’s working and what’s not: A food log.
I start every one of my clients off with beginning to track their food. As meditation teach Bill Harris says: “Awareness creates change.” I love this quote because it is so true, the first step must be awareness, otherwise you remain blind to what’s going on. From there you can begin to change what you are doing, now that you are aware of it.
The more specifics in this log, the better. Note timing, quantity, where you got the food, how it was cooked.
Also note WHY you are eating at any given time. Are you physiologically hungry? Is your belly empty? Is your energy low? Are you stress eating? Are you having a craving for a specific type of food or nutrient?
After eating, note how you feel – whether physiological or psychological.
Don’t stress over what you’re logging. No judgments. Tracking your food intake is just a tool to evaluate what’s working, and what’s not.
Once you begin to accumulate data, patterns become more and more apparent. From there you can begin to trouble shoot by trying different things, that will serve you better and get you closer to your goals. Energy slump everyday after lunch? Hmm lunch may need some tweaking, for example.
Tracking your food moves you away from eating as you’ve always eaten based off of habit, social norms, the way you were raised, etc. and gets you in tune with what you really need, at any given moment.
Give it a try and see how this simple tool can help uncover so much!
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