Why and How: Food Journaling 101
This is a secret that's not really a secret...
If you want to analyze your household finances, you need to look back at what you spent for the month. Same thing applies to eating better! One of the best ways to get started is to document want you've eaten. That way, you can go back and see what you've done well and where you can improve. It's as simple as that, right?
Check out this quick clip where Coach Ed and Coach Mike explain why food journaling is effective and the methods we suggest for getting started!
1) Food Journaling is Effective
Like we wrote before, food tracking, just like tracking your finances, lets you know your successes and shortcomings when it comes to your diet. Documenting what you eat keeps you accountable, makes the food you choose on your mind, and gives you data to analyze later.
2) Choose the Method That Works for You
Not everyone is the same. Some people, like Coach Ed, kick it old school and break out the old pen and paper. People like Coach Mike find an app (in this case MyFitness Pal) to help them stay accountable. Others create spreadsheets and really bring the process to 2018. The overall point is find a method that resinates with you then stick with it.
3) Review Your Nutrition Habits and Talk to a Coach
Are you eating every 2-4 hours? Are you have protein with every meal? Are you eating vegetables with every meal? There are Precision Nutrition's first 3 nutrition habits and the place where most people focus their energy when reviewing their food journal. Now that you know what you've eaten, it's time to look back, acknowledge your successes and make one decision on what you're going to tackle next. Dedicate a week or 2 to that new habit, and more time if necessary. This is a long game. Slow and steady wins the race.