Food Tracking

Food Tracking

So I thought I would revisit the value of tracking our food. I have been pretty disciplined over the past few weeks and wow can I say it’s been a huge eye opener. I thought my nutrition was pretty legit but after a few days of tracking I realized that I have been allowing way too many processed foods into my system.

Accountability is a huge part of success even when it comes to nutrition goals. Having someone to answer to, even if that person is yourself can be motivating and will help keep you on track.

Our lives are busy and we tend to eat more than we think we do. We underestimate portion size, our grazing tendencies and how many calories we are drinking. This all adds up and may be the reason why our fitness goals are stalling.

Food journaling a great tool to help us collect data. Not only can help us clean up our nutrition, it can also help find things in our nutrition we are missing. For example, many of us don’t get enough protein or healthy fats.

Monitoring what you eat, and when, can create great self-awareness. I started to see patterns of how stress controlled my food patterns. For some people it might be an individual that trigger’s unhealthy eating or how we go 7-8 hours without eating and then we become “HANGRY” and want to eat everything and the kitchen sink. Knowing these things can help us make wiser choices the next time a similar situation comes up.

Which food journal to use?

It varies from person to person. Whether it’s pen and paper, or a nutrition app like MyFitnessPal or Meal Logger. It should be something simple that you are comfortable using.

Tracking should NOT be something that controls you or is associated with guilt. It should be a tool that helps improve nutrition. Perfection is not the goal. It’s about making progress and staying consistent.

A saying I heard recently was “If you bite it, you write it!” Be honest with yourself. In order to succeed, your diary needs to tell the truth. You don’t gain anything by cheating to look good.

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Bmamba

TODAY’S WORKOUT

A. Plank It Out
40s Plank Hold
20s rest
40s Leg Lifts
20s rest
40s Thai Plank
20s rest
40s Plank Jacks
20s rest
40s Side Plank
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B. Snatch
5-3-2-2-1-1

C. For Time:
800m Run
(50 squats at halfway point)
100 KB Swings
800m Run
(50 squats at halfway point)