Keeping a Food Log

Hello, Monday. We meet again. I hope everyone is feeling rejuvenated after this weekend and that you’re ready to take on another week. Unfortunately I didn’t get the froyo that I was hoping for… but I did treat myself to something even crazier. More on that Wednesday!

Today I thought we’d talk about food logs. You’re probably aware that tracking your food intake is linked to less overall calorie consumption, and can even double folks’ weight loss efforts! Food logging is the a big part of many diet programs like Weight Watchers, and there are tons of online tools/apps like MyFitnessPal that track calories.

I’ve been loosely logging my meals for close to 3 years now. It’s become such a habit for me that I don’t even think about it anymore. I just keep a running “Stickies” note on my mac desktop. Nothin’ fancy!

food log for health and wellnessA time when this was particularly useful was this past winter. I was half marathon training, and I felt like I was eating SO MUCH! I actually went back to my log from about a year prior to compare portion sizes, etc. Of course, your training/lifestyle/schedule will affect your routine, so if you do this, you should probably take it with a grain of salt. It just serves as a pretty neat reference.

I don’t count calories, macros, or stress over portion sizes. But for me, logging my food intake is a way to keep myself accountable and spend a minute or so thinking about my eating habits. Super useful!

Your Turn-

  • Do you log your meals? If so, what tools do you use?
  • Have your eating habits evolved over the past year or so?
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9 thoughts on “Keeping a Food Log

  1. I recently stopped logging my meals. I used to do it to make sure that I was getting a variety of nutrients by maintaining a balance. I had been doing so for almost a year and I think I finally found my balance. I tried and tested to see what works well for me and I am happy with where I am at now. I think I will start logging again if I start training for something specific or want a change.

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  2. I absolutely have to with my training. It’s been helpful though – when I first started I had not idea I was getting so little protein. I have a lot more energy now that I do… the awareness and ability to make tweaks is fun. I look at it like a science project.

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