Hey guys! Welcome back. I hope you have had a great week and that you are excited for the weekend. I know it’s a holiday weekend so if you are doing anything fun let us know in the comments. And for those asking, yes I will be working on Sunday and Monday. But today I am back with another post and it’s a bit different for me. So a few weeks ago I decided to embark on the journey of keeping a food journal because I have seen a lot of people doing it and saying they learned a lot and also changed a lot. So I wanted to try it for myself and I figured I would share the results with all of you.
If you aren’t familiar with what a food journal is, it’s a way for you to track everything you are eating. I wrote down everything I ate and drank and also any money I spent on food and drinks, but you don’t have to be that elaborate. Or you can be more elaborate if you wish. I just really wanted to track what I was eating, drinking, and spending just so I could look back and see what changed or what I could learn. Keeping a food journal can shed light on a lot of things which why I initially did it, but I also noticed some thing throughout the process.
So starting with the basics, one of the biggest benefits of keeping a food journal is simply being able to keep track of what you eat. This was beneficial to me because I really just wanted to keep a record, even if was only 14 days, so I could look back and know exactly what I was eating and how I was feeling because of it. It only truly works though if you are completely honest and write down literally everything you eat. I also wrote down how was feeling before I ate and how I was feeling after. It wasn’t anything super detailed, just a few notes for me later on.
I also learned some areas that I can improve on. Even before the 14 days was over I was noticing some patterns and areas that could use some work. There were also some areas that I was doing better than I thought I was. So the food journal just provided me a visual for what I was eating and what was going on. I learned that there were times when I wasn’t eating enough, there were times when I was eating enough, and there were times where I was eating a bit too much. And a lot of that was based on how I was feeling afterwards, not necessarily what I was eating although that was a factor.
The first few days I struggled with keeping a food journal and writing everything down because there was a kind of shame that I felt came with it. Even though I wasn’t eating a ton of bad things, it just felt like I was punishing myself. But I kept going because I really wanted to learn and see what I could change. And after those first few days it started feeling less like an assessment and more like a conversation. I was having a conversation with myself about what I was putting into my body and how it made me feel. And I stopped feeling as badly once I got to that point and actually started to enjoy it.
I gained a lot of feedback from these 14 days. I learned that I get really hungry at night because I’m not eating enough during the day and that leads to lots of snacking. I learned that when I don’t eat lunch especially I get massive migraines and feel bad the rest of the day. I learned if I don’t start drinking water first thing in the morning I won’t reach my water goal for the day. I also learned that if I eat breakfast I feel much more energized throughout the day and I am more likely to get more done. This was based on how I felt on the days I ate breakfast versus the ones I didn’t.
And keeping this food journal helped keep me accountable. It wasn’t super easy in the beginning because I felt like I was doing a lot of things wrong, but overtime I learned that it’s not a punishment. It’s an accountability partner. It helped me see things I need to work on as well as things I’m doing well. It helped me focus on wellness and how I was feeling rather than just the foods I was eating. It also helped me see how much money I’m spending on food and drinks and helping me find ways that I can cut that down.
The past 14 days have been very insightful and I learned a lot. Over the course of these two weeks I already started making changes and striving for better eating habits. So I do plan on keeping the food journal going because I think it did provide a lot of really good information. That’s not to say my eating habits are now perfect and that I have it all figured out, but again, this is a conversation, it’s not an assessment. I’m not doing it to punish myself or shame myself, I’m doing it so I can keep up with how I’m feeling due to what I’m putting in my body.
And that’s what I learned from keeping a food journal. It’s definitely something I would recommend if you are interested in knowing what you can learn for yourself. Of course, this practice is not for everyone as I know some really struggle with food in general. But if you are curious or want to learn for yourself I highly recommend because it’s a great learning experience. You don’t need anything special. I kept my food journal in a Google Document, but you can use a notebook if you would prefer. It’s whatever is easiest for you.
Keeping a food journal definitely taught me a lot and I am excited to do more of these challenges in the future just to see how much I can learn, grow, and change overall. So if you have anything you would like me to try, let me know in the comments. It can be literally anything. Thank you so much for stopping by! I really hope you enjoyed this. Please like it if you did. Let us know in the comments if you plan on trying it or if you have tried it. Don’t forget to follow before you leave if you have not already and I hope to see you next time!