Ever notice how people can take a quick look at their smartwatch, or other wearable device, and announce in seconds how high their step count is that day? We all do it, because it’s an easy, fun way to measure activity. Now why can’t we do that for food? For starters, food isn’t steps. So many different types – protein, carbs, etc. — and so many times of day, combinations … the list goes on and on. That doesn’t mean that food tracking is impossible, though, and it shouldn’t be a nightmare. So how to make it less of a chore? Find your goal, and track food accordingly:
Timing Is Everything
How much time do you want to spend on food tracking? There are a lot of food-logging apps out there, some way more complicated than others. If you’re looking to knock this out in a few minutes after each meal or snack, then find one that’s fairly no-nonsense and straightforward. If you’re going for a deep dive into macros, then there are plenty of options to allow you to keep research-level notes. Feeling old school? Keep a hand-written journal.
Do you want to lose weight? Then you may want to log everything you eat. The main thing is to get it all down: what, when and how much. Try not to skip a meal or snack — and if you do, go back and log it. As the weight comes off, you can look back and see what types of food, portions and times were helping. And if you’re struggling, you can just as easily review your intake and find the culprits.
Sense of Control
Starting a health and wellness regimen does amazing things for our sense of control. We are in charge, and we’re going to eat sensibly and get in that exercise! Food tracking is a great way to underscore those goals, and it really does help you feel more accountable as you take the steps toward a healthier you.
Following A Set Diet
Vegan, paleo, Mediterranean, no-carb … a million diet plans are out there. If you’re trying one, tracking your food (and keeping a list of no-no’s on the counter) will keep you honest.
Just The Facts
As we’ve said, there’s some emotional payoff to tracking food. It feels good to buy into a healthy lifestyle to the point where you are paying a lot of attention to what you eat. That said, honesty is the best policy. When you sit down to review your data and you see more cheeseburgers than vegetables, don’t throw up your hands and walk away. Take a look at your choices and focus on ways to make better ones.
Health and wellness plans are all about your goals, and what motivates you. Why go it alone? Reach out to My Pure Life now so we can find out what you’re after as far as lifestyle and wellness goals, and how we can help you hit them and set new ones.