Need To Adjust What Foods You Are Eating? Start With Writing It Down!
Are You Wondering Why You Are Not Feeling Great?
Whenever I discuss food with my patients, I tell the adults the same thing I tell the kids: junk food makes junk parts! Every cell in your body is made from the food you put in. If you fill your body with ‘garbage’ that’s how it will perform – poorly! You will feel the effects of it too: weight gain or loss, poor mental focus, memory loss, bloating, chronic fatigue, sinus congestion, not to mention the many ailments linked to a poor diet.
Each morsel of food you put in your mouth contains hundreds of thousands of individual nutrients, micronutrients, enzymes and minerals that influence a wide range of functions in your body. Your emotional state, metabolism, energy and focus, body weight, and immune system depend on the right ingredients to support healing and repair. The food you eat is all your body has to work with!
The trouble is, many people are overfed and under-nourished because of the food choices they are making.
So many moms are busy focusing on what their children are eating, grabbing bites of food when they can. Often they eat meals on the go between driving around to after school events, and forget to stop and even consider the quality of what they are eating.
What are you putting into YOUR body? Are you giving your body what it needs to feel and function it’s best? The best place to start is to simply start writing it down.
Like most changes we want to make in our lives, if we have a clear understanding of our starting point we can better plan the route ahead. When people ask me what they should eat, the first thing I have them do is a one week food log. You can easily do this yourself by picking up an inexpensive journal, grabbing a blank sheet of paper, or using one of the many apps that will do this for you! Personally, I like pen and paper for this exercise. I find it quicker than punching in everything into my iPhone (what mom has time for that?) and I find it helpful to look at everything spread in front of me.
For one week, write down everything that you eat and drink and the times at which you are eating. Also note how you feel during the day and any unwanted symptoms you may have (i.e. are you Energized? Fatigued? Bloated? Congested? Any digestive complaints? Bowel troubles? Rashes?).
Tracking your food intake for a short period of time can prove to be an invaluable experience. Once you clearly see what you are putting into your body, you then can deliberately start to make small improvements.
When you realize what food habits need to be adjusted, you can work through the changes on your own. You’ll feel great knowing you are taking a step to better health, and your body will thank you too!
Need more help? I’m here for you. If you know you’ll need more support, accountability and specific guidance based on your particular health concerns or lifestyle then working with me might be what you need to really make some change. Let’s set up a time for us to chat and get you moving forward!