How Food Journaling Can Change Your Life



Jotting down everything you eat throughout the day can unlock so many clues as to what foods work best for you, and what foods may be negatively affecting you without you even realizing. It can be as simple as carrying a small notebook around in your purse, or even as quick as downloading a Food Journaling app on your phone to keep track. There are many a great ones to choose from if you search for food journaling in your phone's app store.


Here's what you'll discover about yourself when you start keeping a food journal.


You'll solve that mysterious question, "Why do I eat if I'm not hungry?" To be successful at food journaling, you need to get to the root of why you're eating, what you'er eating, and why you're even eating at all. When you jot down all the foods you eat, make sure you're writing down the times, how hungry you are before eating it, and how full you feel afterward. What you'll discover is very telling. Many people spot the pattern that they eat on cue even when not hungry due to some other stimulus, like watching TV. When you catch the clue you can change your behavior and stop the habit in its tracks.


You'll see how much you'll actually eating. It's not solely about the food on your plate. Eating can sometimes be a mindless activity, which is why food journaling helps bring you back into mindfulness when eating. Take note of your meals, not just what you fill your plate with but how much of it. Merely writing "veggie stir fry" won't give you any clues later, especially if you neglected to write down that you ate two bowls full.


You'll see how fast you eat. Sometimes, eating too quickly can be the culprit in all of your food feelings. Either it leads to digestive woes (hello, heartburn!) or you feel mostly unsatisfied because you've wolfed down your food and those you're dinning with are still eating. By recognizing this pattern through your food journaling, you'll be able to take better control.


You'll discover how you really feel when eat what you eat. After hearing many stories from clients, I've realized we choose what to eat based on what we like and seldom based on how it makes us feel. This is a crucial part of food journaling, to see on paper how we're choosing to eat things that make us feel bad--and we know they will make us feel bad. For example, headaches seem to be a part of life, but they're so often caused by foods we're consuming, and we're not realizing the connection. So take note of how you feel after eating certain foods, and keeping this laid out in your food journal, will help you see patterns, you may be completely unaware of a this moment. After you eat, think about if you feel refreshed and energetic, unmotivated and fatigued, uncomfortable in any way? Take notes on how the food you eat impacts you life will help you make better choices.


Perception is a huge factor in living a balanced, healthy life. You might very well think you're on the right track, but keeping a food journal will show you where you're straying and where any unseen harmful patterns are hiding.


Have you ever kept a food journal? If not, are you excited about starting one? Let me know what's on your mind and if I can assist you.


I know this is an important topic. One of my clients recently has been breaking out in hives. By keeping a food journal, she may find clues to help her determine if it is a food allergy. Another way to determine is by testing for food sensitives. Whether it is a "Wheat Zoomer Test" for gluten, "Corn Zoomer Testing" Drug Sensitive Testing, Dairy Zoomer Testing, I can help you determine these factors. But, first try journaling and if all else fails, give me a call, I would love to help you feel better and have the answer to your ongoing issues.

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Recipe- No Time For Breakfast - Here You Go (Strawberry Almond Protein Smoothie)

5 minutes - 6 ingredients - 1 serving



1 1/2 Strawberries (Frozen)

1 Banana (small, frozen)

1/4 cup Vanilla Protein Powder

1 1/2 tbsps Almond Butter

1 tbsp Ground Flax Seed

1 1/4 cups Unsweetened Almond Milk


Add all ingredients to a high speed blender and blend until smooth and creamy. Pour into a glass and enjoy!


Note: For more fiber, you can add (1) cup of baby spinach, ( this may change the color) or/plus add 1/2 tbsp to 1 tbsp of chia seeds (if it gets to thick just add more almond milk).


Enjoy this recipe and your Food Journaling!


References:

www.thatcleanlife


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