18 Febraury 2010
Have you ever kept track of what you eat in a food diary and spent time writing down every morcel of food consume, every drink that you have drunk?
At the start of January I was challenged to one whole chocolate, crisp and refined sugar free month. I laughed in the face of the challenger and walked away terrified. Coffee and chocolate had become a regular part of my daily diet, they improved my er my er mood?
Said challenger required proof of my new purer than pure diet so I agreed to write a food diary for one calender month. I had been meaning to do this for ages, keep track of what I eat, but for one reason or any it hadn’t been happening.
As I sat down with my piece of A4 paper, pen and ruler I had to work out how many columns and rows were required. Well 7 days in a week thats the columns sorted. Rows required, well, breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, smoothie/juice, other drinks, excercise…. phew that should be enough.
Some people recommend including moods/emotions as well for a clearer understanding of your food choice but that for me would easily require another few sheets of A4 pages and I really want to save the trees!! Well I am going to be honnest with you and say that day 1 I could not quite believe how much I consumed. It is a wonder how I fit my full time job in with all the eating I do in a day! The food diary was really interesting to do and including an emotional box would have given me more useful information.
I met the challenge and stayed off refined sugar (wahoo, go me!). It helped that there were no festivals (and subsequent cake tasting) or cupcake challenges in January but I have noticed myself slip back to some bad habits in February, maybe I need to be challenged again!
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