Log your food

What is wellness? Taking care of the vessel you were given for your time here on Earth. Not just your body… your body, mind, and heart. Wellness is a choice. Do you choose wellness?

Today’s tip: Log your food & beverages

Food logs can come in many forms. It can be as simple as using a notebook to write down everything you eat and drink.

I prefer using technology to track my food/beverage (calories).

myfitnesspal home page

There a several great apps out there. My app of choice is myfitnesspal. I make an effort to track my food and workouts daily. Sure I miss a day here and there, but I’ve learned that I get better results when I take the time to keep track of my efforts.

Two benefits of using apps like myfitnesspal, Lose It!, Calorie Counter, or MyNetDiary are personal accountability and the details the apps provide. For example myfitnesspal provides calories, protein, carbs, fat, fiber and other nutrients. As you continue to grow your knowledge about wellness these details are extremely valuable and will provide you with the information you need to tweak your nutrition plan for better results.

The simple step of documenting what you put in your mouth (food and drink) creates an awareness. As you see the calories adding up you’ll start asking yourself questions like: “do I really need another cookie?”

A study published in 2008┬áby the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, which included 1,685 overweight or obese U.S. adults aged 25 and older, indicated that keeping a food diary may be a key to losing weight.* “Those who kept food records six days a week — jotting down everything they ate and drank on those days — lost about twice as much weight as those who kept food records one day a week or less.”

During the two years that I released 40 unwanted pounds I wore the BodyBugg, which tracked my calorie expenditure. I also used the BodyBugg website to log everything I ate and drank. I attribute my success to hard work at the gym and tracking my calories daily. As a result I felt in control. When I was overweight I never felt like I was in control.

So how about it? Are you ready to take on this daily tip in an effort to improve your wellness? Let me know. Leave me a note on the blog, Facebook, or twitter.

Check back tomorrow for another daily tip. Kathi


* Study source was WebMD: Click here to see article

2 thoughts on “Log your food

  1. KLee Banks

    Checking in for tip #2: I also started doing this recently. I have a small notebook in the kitchen to keep track of all food and drink each day. I have heard a lot about myfitnesspal, so I think I’ll check that out. I did join Spark People, but have yet to take time to explore all they have to offer.

    I have also finally gotten back to exercising regularly. My new workout schedule (here at home) is about 25-45 minutes daily, 5 days/week (depending on the humidity level, I may only do one circuit of exercises), with a combination of ab exercises, Ab Circle, and weights (10, 15, and 25-lb) for upper body exercises. I also try to walk on my treadmill at least 30 minutes/day, 5 or 6 days/week.

    1. kathi Post author

      Awesome effort on the exercising!!! I’m only mildly familiar with Spark people. I actually have the book, but I’ve not read it yet. Check out myfitnesspa. Once you get up and running it’s easy to log your food and it will give you all the information you need to take your nutrition to the next level. Congrats on the exercising. Kathi