Food journaling! I can already hear the moans and groans when I suggest embracing the food journaling practice. Stay with me friends and hear me out… for just a moment. Food journaling is a critical when it comes to the weight loss success.
One of the main reasons why people experience weight gain is because they’re not in tune with just how much they are consuming and the different qualities of the foods that they are eating.
Food journaling invites and supports awareness and accountability. Yes, it requires time. Yes, it requires consistency. Yes, it requires a level of discipline – but think about the alternative. Remaining unaware, unaccountable and overweight.
If you want to create true changes, with your weight, then food journaling is the first place to start. When you really think about it, food journaling truly doesn’t require that much time. It’s simply a matter of being disciplined enough to DO IT!
So, here’s the best way I’ve found to create success around food journaling. First, make the decision to simply do it. This is not negotiable, nor is it options. It’s simply something which must be done.
Decide that you will commit to journaling for a set period of time. This alone is going to support better choices because you’ll be holding yourself accountable. When we increase awareness, we are empowered to make better choices. I’ve had client experience weight loss from this one practice alone.
Secondly, set yourself up for success by having a new, clean notebook ready to go in your kitchen. Let this notebook become a part of your space. Keep it in the same place, all the time. The minute you eat scrambled eggs and toast for breakfast, document it. Be sure to include the pat of butter on that piece of toast as well!
Finally, get honest with yourself. Your the only one who will be looking at your food journal so let it be an accurate reflection of what you’re really eating. From this place of awareness, you can then decide how you want to move forward.
Burying your head in the sand and pretending that the 3 bites you snitched from your daughter’s ice cream sandwich doesn’t count, is a lie. It all matters and it all lead us to an end result of weight loss success or weight loss sabotage.
If you want your results to be different, then you need to be willing to do things differently.
Food journaling is one of easiest ways to create change, immediately, in your weight loss journey. So, let’s do this my friend! Step up your game by increasing your awareness through food journaling today.
Click here to take advantage of the food journaling tool which I provide to my clients. It’s completely free, easy to download and allows you to get a complete picture of your day-to-day food experience.
P.S. Curious to know more about the Hunger Scale, and the 4 Types of Eating Stages, which are noted on my Food Journal? Check out my post in the upcoming days for a full explanation.