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The Place To Get Started With Shedding Pounds Is A Daily Food Journal

By Sarah Preston

Most of us eat often throughout the day – and most of us pay so little attention to what we eat that we are hard pressed to try to remember just exactly what was in our last meal. In other words, it’s virtually impossible to remember all the food we’ve eaten. If you sincerely want to improve your eating routines it becomes vital to consider what you are putting into your mouth. You may well wish to consider documenting everything you eat in a personal food journal.

A food journal is just a tool to get us to our destination. But where do we want to go? We want to become conscious eaters who are always aware of what and how much we’re eating, without struggle or effort. We can’t change our eating habits until we become aware of them. But be warned that this isn’t easy so don’t become discouraged. We’re all busy people and it’s hard to stay focused on any one effort, no matter how worthy. Just keep in mind that losing weight or improving our health is so important that the effort is worth the struggle.

No matter how tough it is to change, know that you will discover many health benefits to keeping a personal food journal and remember that the time will come when recording your food will no longer be necessary. And, almost all of those benefits definitely will assist you in carrying out your desired goals no matter what they are. Here are a few of the benefits of documenting what you eat.

1. Food is very important for humans and you are certain to gain valuable insights into your life when you see, in no uncertain terms, what you’re eating. For instance, do you skip breakfast, eat a tiny lunch – then walking in your front door after work and grabbing everything at hand and stuffing it in your mouth? You may eat many calories while preparing dinner, gorge yourself on your meal and then continue the eating binge right up until bedtime. Once you pay attention to your habits, you will find painless ways to modify them to getter better results.

2. Do you eat when you’re bored? Unhappy? Lonely? Upset? If so, you’re not alone because we often eat for reasons that have nothing at all to do with hunger, which is the only genuine reason to eat. Once you clearly face the ways you misuse food, you can think through other activities when you might eat for emotional reasons, activities that won’t damage your body and health.

3. By becoming aware of what foods you’re eating, you may be able to make painless changes that save on calories, sugar, cholesterol and other unhealthy consequences. For instance, if you love butter on your baked potato, you might switch to heart-healthy olive oil with no sense of sacrifice. Or you might use almond or soy milks as a healthy alternative to cows milk in your smoothies. If you test small changes, you are certain to be able to easily make healthy changes in your diet.

4. You will probably notice what nutritional requirements you’re lacking. Sometimes it is not how much you eat but what types of foods you’re eating. You can certainly be slim and yet have an unhealthy body. If perhaps your personal food journal reveals a shortage of green vegetables, you are almost certainly missing out on several vitamins and minerals like Vitamin E, zinc, folic acid, B vitamins, magnesium, iron and other necessary nutrients that the human body requires to function correctly. A shortage of specific vitamins and minerals can certainly cause hair to fall out or skin to appear sallow.

Are you truly committed to making changes in your life, changes like losing weight or becoming healthier or having more energy for life? If you are, then a food journal is a useful tool to get you where you want to go. Commit to writing down every morsel you take in, No Matter What. You will be astonished at what you will learn … and you might even continue recording for a much longer period.

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