Nutrition Tip of the Week:
Want to lose weight? Figure out why you have no energy? Determine the best foods to fuel your workout?
The answer is simple…..WRITE IT DOWN. Let's say that again- Write it THE HECK down!
Researchers suggest that the most effective way to reach your nutritional goals is by keeping a food journal. By recording everything you eat and drink, from your full breakfast buffet to that one sip of Gatorade, you gain a better understanding of what can trigger unhealthy patterns, lack of energy or motivation, and food intolerances. Food journaling also forces you to be honest with yourself, so you take responsibility for your diet, and determine where changes need to be made. When food journaling, consider the following:
Be honest – record everything you eat AND drink!
Be accurate – measure or approximate portions, read labels
Be complete – include details such as how the food was prepared, and the addition of any toppings or condiments
Be consistent – always carry your food diary with you or use a diet-tracking app on your smart phone (My Fitness Pal is great example!)
Record everything you eat for 3 consecutive days, then take a look back and consider the choices you made. What patterns do you see? Where could changes me made? What substitutions could you use? What could you eliminate? What could you add? Chose one change to make then set a goal for the following 3 days. It’s an easy step to take in creating a healthy lifestyle.