We have been discussing the benefits of keeping a food journal and asking specific healthy questions. This line of questioning builds awareness about the types and amounts of foods you are eating. They especially help you discover behaviors you have based on environmental and emotional factors. After a couple of weeks of keeping a food journal, you will discover these behaviors you need to change. An example would be that maybe you are not eating enough protein at breakfast. Perhaps you always eat your lunch at your desk and therefore, eat way too fast. Write down the behaviors you want to change as you identify them. However, do not try to change them all at once.
Gradual Changes = Success
If you concentrate on one change at a time, you will have better success. Nutrition needs to be something that you do automatically, like brushing your teeth. It won’t become automatic if you are trying to focus on too many at once. A great way to do this if you’re a visual person is to pick one habit and track it on a calendar. Cross off each day that you accomplish your goal. Try to create streaks of success. Track how long each streak lasts before you miss a day. There are apps you can use to help you.
On the iPhone you can use Streaks
and on the Android there is Habit Bull.
As you overcome bad behaviors that are holding you back from success, you will begin doing healthier things automatically in the background of your mind. Food journals soon become meal plans and healthy eating becomes a lifestyle.
I plan to share more specifically how to do this in my blog posts to come.