After a recent appointment with my oncologist, she highly encouraged me to lose some of the extra weight that I have been carrying around for far too long. This wasn’t a new revelation to me but I always ignored it. But I am finally settling down into a routine of journaling my food intake. My journey first started after meeting with a nutritional counselor who advocates this as a great way to keep track of everything you eat.
These are things I am doing to be more accountable to myself while striving to lose weight one pound at a time.
Write down – I jot down everything that I put in my mouth. It makes me know exactly what I have eaten. You may be surprised at how much you actually consume on a daily basis. Sometimes you may be eating not because you are hungry but because it’s there. You may also be an emotional eater who eats based on your emotions at the time. I’ve been guilty of that.
Time – I write down the time that I eat something. This lets me see the frequency of what I am eating. If I am eating too much before bedtime that might possibly lead to a less restful sleep, especially if my stomach is still feeling full.
Water – My body often craves for water but I still struggle with drinking 8 glassfuls a day. But I usually find myself drinking it throughout the day to replenish my body, keeping me regular and helping me not to overeat. Hopefully drinking more water will become second nature to me.
Smaller plate – I’ve traded in my large plate for a medium-sized one. Psychologically it seems to tell me that I am full if I eat everything that is on the plate. When plating I put the recommended amount of food and neatly arrange it so it is attractive and looks inviting to eat.
My hope is that by journaling what I am eating I will learn to reduce those “red flag” foods that are not in my best interest to eat nutritionally. That is not to say that I won’t occasionally indulge myself in a culinary pleasure but will be more disciplined.
I believe that exercising and eating foods that are good for me will lead me to a healthier and meaningful lifestyle. No I won’t be meticulously measuring out everything that I eat. Instead I will learn how to use portion control in helping me reach my goal. If I am slow and steady in this race, I will be victorious.