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Food journaling is a tool in your toolbox when it comes to healthy eating practices. It can unveil eating patterns and identify areas you need to change by making you constantly aware of what you are putting into your body.
To keep a food journal, be sure to include the following:
Amount – Sometimes being specific is necessary (i.e. weight loss plateaus, blood sugar control) so you get a true sense of what you are actually having and how that may be impacting your goals. Other times, people just want to be more conscientious of what they are eating and in those instances, specificity is not necessary.
Time/Place – Record when and where you are eating and drinking.
Sensory – Jot down what you’re doing while eating and drinking. For instance, maybe you are snacking while watching TV or reading a book. Also note whom you are with. You may find that you consume more while around certain people.
Emotion – It’s important to describe how you feel when you are eating/drinking (angry, sad, happy, nervous, starving, bored, etc.). At the end of each day, analyze how your emotions affected your eating.
Health is the level of functional or metabolic efficiency of a living organism. In humans, it is the general condition of a person’s mind and body, usually meaning to be free from illness, injury or pain (as in “good health” or “healthy“). The World Health Organization (WHO) defined health in its broader sense in 1946 as “a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity”.
So what does that mean?
Are you healthy if you don’t feel sick?
Are you healthy if your doctor doesn’t prescribe any changes to your current lifestyle?
In a world where HEALTH is subjective, here are three areas you should look at to determine your overall health:
Are you eating healthy. limiting your sugar, fat, and red meat intake?
Are you exercising properly and refraining from injuring yourself?
Are you avoiding putting toxins of any kind into your body (i.e. preservatives, chemicals from hygiene products, alcohol, drugs, etc)
Are you watching your food and water intake and are they at healthy quantities?
Are you exercising your mind, creating new pathways?
Are you limiting stress?
Are you learning new things and practicing old skills and talents?
Are you meditating or taking time to relax and reflect each day?
Are you treating others and being treated with respect?
Are your relationships healthy and non-toxic?
Are you important to someone or several someones?
Do you have a relationship with a higher power?
Health is a multifaceted achievement. To obtain true health, all three aspects of your life must enjoy a certain level of health. Failing in one aspect will mean a lessening of health in the other two aspects. To be truly healthy, you cannot ignore one aspect but must maintain a high balance in all three.
What does going from a size 16 to a size 4-6 look like? How would life be different being healthy and having more energy? What things in my life could I do that I couldn’t do before? Will I be around to watch my grandchildren grow up and have children of their own? We have all played the “What if” game. Debbie decided to find out! Down almost 80 pounds since last June! She is finally getting the answers to some of her “What if’s”
Sarah’s Story – I turned to this program in desperation after yo-yo’ing for years on other “diets” that were able to get the weight off, but left me clueless once I got there. I would celebrate my “success” by eating all my favorite foods and the weight always came back worse than the last time. I didn’t realize that my health was any more than a number on a scale. After another depressing yo-yo diet, I turned to this program in desperation after seeing a family members rapid, and seemingly painless success. From day one, I dove into the program materials, tapped into all the support resources, and in just under three months, I had once again reached my goal weight, but this time, I had the confidence to finally throw out my “fat pants” since I knew I’d never need them again. I had lost 35 pounds and gained a new respect for myself. I literally didn’t ever want to eat like I had been eating before. I fully understood why my health was worth it and love my new healthy lifestyle. Whereas before I had literally no mental tools to protect my goals, I was now filled with strategies to safeguard my success and over a year later, I’m still maintaining my healthy weight and haven’t looked back once. I’ve inspired my husband and children to get excited about health as well and have overheard my six year old trying to explain the joyous merits of eating “lean and green” to her little play friends. I’m so glad for my coach, who shared this with me.”
It’s April and Summer is close by. Wonderful time to start my 30 Days of Hope. Are you ready to make a change? Think you can’t do it? Let me show you the way to a healthier you.
If a new mom of twins and her “chubby hubby” can change, then why can’t you?! Message me. I would love to share what I know.