Keeping a simple food journal is a great way to help busy moms stay on track toward living a healthier life. It’s tempting to think that we can just remember what we’ve been eating or how much water we drank but it’s far better just to write it down. A journal provides a visual record that you can keep track of and will help establish positive patterns in your eating habits.
Next time you’re tempted to snack, take a few minutes to think about it. You might want to write them down. Why are you eating? Are you actually hungry or are you stressed and trying to numb the emotional pain? Knowing the answers to these questions will help you determine a few things. You’ll discover your emotional triggers and that knowledge can help you develop a plan to work through them.
It’s helpful to be able to see when the last time you ate was and what you ate. It will help you to stay on track for the rest of the day. If you know you’re going out for dinner, plan for lighter meals and snacks earlier in the day so that you don’t get off track at dinner.
Food journals can do far more than keep count of your calories. They also help you keep track of how much water you’ve had so that you can keep your body hydrated. You can also record information such as how much produce you’ve eaten and if you exercised.
3 Simple Food Journal Ideas
You’ll love this food journal because it doesn’t look like a food journal. This little journal has fake leather cover and just looks like a regular journal. It provides space to record food eaten, water intake, exercise you’ve done and vitamins you take.
The Dietminder Personal Food Journal has a place in the beginning to write all of your goals. This helps tremendously to remind yourself of your long term goals when life gets crazy.
You can also record vital information like calories, protein, fat, water intake – as well as exercise. The journal has 90 days of pages, and is small enough to carry in your purse.
The BookFactory Food Journal is a pocket size book that is also very convenient to carry around. This journal has 60 pages to record your information in. It has space to record 5 meals (or 3 meals and 2 snacks), plus room for you to check off your water intake throughout the day. You can also log in your daily exercise at the bottom.
Writing in a journal also helps you keep up on the recommended amount of water that your body needs, as well as fruits and vegetables. When you start writing in a food journal it helps you focus on your fitness goals and keeps you committed in the long run. You’ll probably also notice what your food triggers are and this can help you develop a plan of action.
P.S. If you’re really struggling with emotional eating, I highly recommend Made to Crave to help you get to the root of what’s bugging you. Additionally, I’ve had great personal victory in overcoming my own destructive eating cycles since I started using Trim Healthy Mama at the beginning of this year (down 20 lbs. since January!) You can check out the plan book here.
I’ll cover apps in another post, but for me I’ve really come to love using real paper and gel pens for planning. There’s just a great sensory thing that I love when I put pen to paper..sometimes old fashioned is best!
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