Can you recall what you ate in the last 24 hours? Go ahead, write down everything that you can remember. Does it look accurate? Did you remember how much salad dressing you used? How many times you dipped your hands into the bag of nuts or chips? How many cups of coffee did you have where you added cream & sugar?
During a recent study, it was reported that most overweight and obese people under reported what they ate in a 24 hour time period. This means that they are not fully aware of everything they’re eating, don’t count certain items because it wasn’t a sit down meal, or have really bad memories. No matter the reason, food journaling can help you become more aware of your choices.
It is important to track what you eat and drink for a few days to a few weeks so that you are fully aware of the amount and types of food you are eating as well as the times you eat. Coach Jamie calls this food journaling; not calorie counting, because counting calories can be a daunting task. It is difficult to do especially if you are making a lot of home cooked meals from things that do not come in a package. It is also time consuming to add everything up and it can become more stressful than it is worth. Jamie sees a lot of people who are struggling to lose weight and can’t figure out why because they think they’re doing everything right. Sometimes, the stress of watching what you eat and worrying about if you’re doing it right can be enough to make you hold on to that extra fat. Most people don’t realize how unbalanced their diets are until they sit down with Jamie and go over a 3-7 day food journal. Start tracking your food and see if it pairs up with your goals.
There are many ways to keep a food journal. Everyone has a smart phone today, and you can access many food tracking apps from your phone which most people carry around close by all day long. Or you can log into one from a computer. So there are no excuses if you work at a computer all day! Some apps Jamie recommends are “Lose it!” and “My Fitness Pal.” Did you know that Wodify also has their own food journaling app? When you log in on your phone, click on the 3 lines to the top right of the screen and then choose “Nutrition Journal.” This feature allows you to track all your food, water intake, rate your sleep AND have a coach check in on you.
Coach Jamie is going to begin offering a new service called Food Journal Review.There will be various options available to meet each individual’s needs, and they will all be based on keeping a food journal (most likely through Wodify) and having Jamie review that journal on a weekly basis. She will leave comments and suggestions right in your journal so you know what changes you need to make and how. Contact Jamie if you are ready to take control of your health through dietary monitoring and want to learn more about the services she is offering. She can be reached at Jamie@CrossfitPCR.com