Struggling With Your Goals? Try This Simple Task!
According to happiness and habits guru, Gretchen Rubin, you manage what you monitor. When working with clients, I ask that they keep track of their food and feelings. It's a simple a strategy to help them bring self-awareness to their actions.
I like to keep it simple and suggest writing meals, moods and digestive changes in a journal. This strategy brings attention to your habits without being obsessive. No weighting portions, monitoring macros or counting calories. Just you, a piece of paper and pen.
I haven't been feeling great, so in an effort to practice what I preach, I am putting pen to paper. I printed out a free seven day calendar and got to work jotting down my meals. I've learned over the years that the simple act of tracking my food and feelings makes the experience more mindful. Instead of eating at my normal meal times, I stop and ask myself; are you hungry? If yes, what do you want to eat? After eating, I find myself taking note of how I feel.
Journaling removes the guess work.
Food journals are not only helpful for personal reasons but also when you meet with your medical providers. They help outline your dietary habits and give us insight into what's going on.
I challenge you to monitor this week! The task is simple, print out a calendar and write down what you're eating and how you feel. See if it makes a difference! I am interested in the outcome, let me know how it worked for you!