Monday

Food Journal

When it comes to losing weight and to eating a balanced, healthy diet, keeping a food journal is key.  Writing down everything you eat and drink may seem like a pain, but if you are serious about your goals and your health, then you must make yourself a priority and do whatever is necessary...so get writing.

Studies show that people who keep a food journal lose weight faster and keep off the weight, than those who do not food journal.

Try to keep a food journal for a week.  You can either buy a notebook, put a piece of paper on the fridge, use an excel spreadsheet, email a friend daily, or use an iPhone App such as Lose It.  Not only will keeping a food journal make you eat less (because who wants to admit and write down that they had 12 girl scout cookies), but it will be a huge reality check to how much you are really eating.

Do you eat the leftover food from your kids snacks and lunches?  Do you put 4 teaspoons of peanut butter on your apple, rather than 1?  Do you snack constantly throughout the day, because you are bored?  Do you not count what you drink; coffee, soda, juice, etc?

Here's what to include in your food journal:
  • What you are eating
  • What time you are eating
  • Where are you eating
  • What are the calories and servings you consumed
  • Why are you eating...energy level, mood, stress, etc
PLF Daily Tip:  Try a food journal for this week.  Be present when you are eating and write down everything.  If you have any questions ask Rachel or me and we will help you guys.


4 comments:

  1. Im doing weight watchers and they really encourage keeping a food journal to track points. i havent been keeping up with it very well, but what you said about making myself a priority inspired me to get back on track. thanks for being so awesome!

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  2. ok it's official I can't eat whatever I want and not work out..it has caught up to me! uugghh So i am joining a gym and checking your blog DAILY for tips and tricks! I will start with the Journal thing :) thanks!

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  3. I love your example food journal...do you have a blank one that can be printed?

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  4. Hey Kelly, I just found it online when I did an image search on Yahoo...so I'm sure you can print it out. :)

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