For this week’s #WeightWINSday I want to talk about how important it is to keep a food diary. You can meal plan all you like but sometimes our meal plans change, if we fancy something different, we go out…all sorts of reasons. Keeping a food diary is one of the absolute best ways you can keep on track with your weight loss. I haven’t been doing this and because of this I am falling stagnant. I find myself putting on and losing the same 3lbs over and over again because I’m not keeping track of what I’m eating very well. This week in the Works I picked up this fantastic Doodle Diet Diary for just £2 and I’m going to use this alongside my bullet journal to record my eating habits. The good, the bad and the down right piggy.
My eating has been all over the place this week because I’ve been unwell with a really sore throat and very persistent cough. I’ve also started a new job which has lead to my stress levels being a little higher than I would like. Because of this laziness has absolutely stuck in full force. I know if I’d been keeping a good diary I would still be focusing on getting better but I would have had much more control over my eating habits.
You don’t need a fancy new diary to keep track of what you’re eating. You can use the notes on your phone, an excel spreadsheet, a chart, a regular notebook – there are plenty of options when it comes to tracking what you’re eating. The most important thing is that you’re absolutely honest with yourself and you right everything you eat down. Every meal, snack and drink. Getting into this habit in the early stages will enforce healthy habits as you progress. I personally find it really helpful to write my meals alongside my feelings so I can pinpoint what I’m eating and how I’m feeling. A food diary should be a reflective and guilt free place. I’ve absolutely learned I need to let go of guilt with food and focus on the reason why, the emotions I’m feeling and my general wellbeing.
Faye has written up a great post all about treats and five reasons why the occasional treat is absolutely fine.