Monday, April 13, 2009

Food Journal...

So another Holiday has passed and if you are like most of us out there you probably filled your little belly with all kinds of treats...I know I did! I have always had a problem with eating right I'm a sucker for junk food! Well a good way to evaluate your eating habits is by starting a Food Journal.

Try and record everything you eat along with the time you consumed it for about 2 weeks. After the initial 2 weeks take a good look at your daily food consumption. Are you eating enough whole grains? Fruits and veggies? Protein? Most of us aren' your food journal will help you see first hand where you need to change your eating habits. Maybe you find yourself eating a lot of snacks before you go to bed which can also lead to disruptions in your sleep and extra calories that no matter what anyone says really aren't burned off in your sleep. (* Try and stop eating at least 2 hrs before bedtime)
By seeing your habits written down right in front of your face it helps you realize you probably aren't eating as good as you should be and it's time to make a change.

If you need help analyzing your food journal and your daily calorie intake try and meet with a nutritionist. Some gyms have on staff nutritionists as well as hospitals. Check online and see if there are any free offerings near you...sometimes there are free seminars held at local medical centers and gym/fitness centers.


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