I was introduced to tracking my nutrition several years ago by a nutritionist.
I hated it.
Reintroduced to food tracking again about a year and a half ago when I entered the free wellness program through my family physician, I was resistant to it. Even so, I gave it a go, learned a few things about it, and saw that it might be beneficial.
Here I am again...tracking my food.
This time, I really like doing it!
1) Tracking my food causes me to pay attention to what I am eating
Since "the wake up call" last Saturday, this is really important to me.
2) Because of food tracking, I read labels, and am becoming more aware of the nutrition make-up of the foods available to me
3) Tracking my food is helping to make better choices in the foods I eat.
4) The anxiety I have felt surrounding food is falling away because I am tracking what I eat.
I know that I am not living a lie any more. I am being truthful, accountable, and good to myself. There is a calming effect taking place from this consistent behavior of tracking my food and walking three days per week (discipline).
5) I am learning to be consistent by tracking my food.
6) Tracking my food is helping me to not restrict my calories too much, nor to overeat.
7) I found out by tracking my food that I can eat a little bit of a "treat" without totally destroying my eating plan.
I have learned that the saying "all things in moderation" is definitely true, and I can actually eat anything I want to eat as long as I measure everything and don't overdo any one thing.
8) By tracking my nutrition, I am learning whether or not I need to adjust the amounts of sodium, various fats, fiber, carbs, protein, etc., in order to eat a heart-healthy, diabetic-preventative diet.
9) Because of tracking my foods, I'm learning what a REAL serving size looks like.
When I was anorexic, I would restrict my portions so much it was ridiculous. When I was bulimic, I just ate out of the box. And forget going into restaurants try to find out what a serving size is because they give you choices or serve you what they want you to have, and every restaurant is different, except in Texas, where "everything is BIGGER."
10) I'm learning, through tracking my food, to love myself in a practical way.