Changing Your Approach Towards Food

Saturday, January 30, 2010

How many of you have ever not tracked a food because you were embarrassed by what you ate or wanted to forget it? hands please.... yea that's what I thought, we've all been there

Now how many of you have ever eaten something JUST so you could put it into your tracker? anyone? no...


How many of you have ever not tracked your exercise because you wanted to forget about it? Didn't think so.

What about exercising just so you could track it and reach those goals? Yup, I have too.

So why is it that our answers to the food and fitness questions give opposite answers?

I'll tell you. As a whole we tend to view exercise as positive and food as negative. This is not a healthy way to think. It often leads us down the path of unhealthy eating behaviors such as deprivation, bad food choices (every picked sugar free pudding over a banana bc it was less calories?), or feelings of guilt that lead to more bad eating... you get the idea.

What's a healthy food? whole, unprocessed, full of nutrients. easy right? So instead of focusing on what you can't eat or put in your tracker, start throwing on more things to track, go ahead add fiber, vitamins, calcium, iron, whatever you want. Now eat foods that make these things go up (but pretty please don't use this as an excuse to eat more processed crap just because it's fortified, okay?).

The point is to focus on eating things that you are PROUD to track. Focus on how great it feels to add spinach, apples, sweet potatoes, whole grains, and broccoli to your day. Watch your calories of course but chances are with whole eating it will come much more naturally anyways since your body is getting what it needs and real food to satisfy and fill you up (but that's a whole other conversation). Don't overeat but eat things and be proud to track them! At the end of the day look at how many fruits and veggies are on there. Don't feel guilty because there is an oops moment or treat there, be happy that you have 7 servings of fruits and veggies or that you increased your vitamin intake or switched to 100% whole grain.

Don't get obsessed with more numbers that you "have" to reach but focus on how these types of foods add to your overall health. Before you eat something ask yourself does this add to the health of my body. If the answer is yes, go for it! In moderation of course. If the answer is that it detracts from your health than why eat it? Pick the things you really love as treats and try to forget the rest.

Are you really proud to track that sugar free jelly just because it's low in calories even though it's packed with chemicals, preservatives, and additives? Is that really adding to your health, is the detrimental impact worth saving 20 calories? What about choosing and using a serving of an all fruit version that maintains vitamins and offers the deliciousness of real fruit. Go ahead and be proud to track your healthy decision even if there are 20 more calories.

Try to focus on the big picture. This is your lifestyle you are in it to look great but also to BE healthy, otherwise what's the point? Looking great on the outside starts from your nutrition and wholesome choices are always the way to go. So go ahead and watch your calories but not at the expense of choosing foods that you can be proud to track. I have never once felt bad about a day that I went 100 calories over where I saw 15 servings of fruits and veggies (yes that's fairly normal for me), healthy protein, and 100% whole grains. But I would feel bad if I had stayed within my calorie goal but eliminated one of those fruit servings for a fat free sugar free jell-o that I didn't even think tasted very good JUST so I could avoid calories.

I'm going to end here before I beat the subject to death but I'm sure you all get the idea! I look forward to your questions and comments below!
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    Fabulous! Thanks for the advice...this is a great mindset.
    4188 days ago
  • SLIMDOWN2010
    Good point! AMEN. I learned that artificial sweeteners were making me very sick. I cut them out completely, and never had a stomach issue since. Studies say they clean good bacteria out of your intestines, and leave you sick/hungrier. Sticking to low glycemic, whole grains, more fresh items. I do have my candy bar moments from time to time, not gonna lie. I know not nearly as many as I once did. The food tracker made me stay away at times, because of the bad I'd done. I needed to see it, so I could have a new approach to food. For me this isn't a diet, but a life style change. Thanks for the blog emoticon
    4193 days ago
    Thanks, I needed to read this today.
    4197 days ago
  • MUSICLVR2675
    Yes, I DO try to find something specific just to add it to my tracker haha This past weekend I took a break from everything...not eating healthy but tracking and logging in etc. My tracker helps me keep an eye on what I'm eating and yes I do track certain nutrients. You know what I'm finding...that I'm eating TOO MUCH fiber sometimes. Sometimes too much protein too. I love that fat and carbs are such an issue anymore.
    4197 days ago
  • no profile photo CD3514403
    Keep blogging Kelly! I'm loving them. So do you use SP's tracker??

    Right now I'm just trying to focus on the eat clean principles without tracking like Tosca says. It's hard to find time to put recipes in and track every little thing and I end up going crazy! Instead I'm trying to think more about what I'm eating and push all the protein, fruits, veggies, and whole grains! Keep inspiring me! I'm definitely changing!
    4198 days ago
    Great blog!! Eating healthy is a lifestyle change. You have to approach it that way. Otherwise, you will go back to your old ways.
    4199 days ago
  • no profile photo CD298368
    Great blog and I admit that I am guiltyof the very thing you just wrote about. You make a good point when you say we look at food negatively. I think that is why so many of us(at least me) tend to binge and give up when we have made one bad choice for the day. Many times I will have an awesome breakfast and lunch then mess up at snack time and think, well I have ruined my day, might as well eat badly from here on out. Such a bad attitude to have and after reading your blog I see how silly the thought process is to. Thanks for sharing!!
    4199 days ago
  • O0VALD0O
    Love the blog, thanks for the wake-up call!
    4199 days ago
    lovin' your blogs! sometimes I don't add something to my tracker because for the life of me I really don't know how much I ate. I hate that. But thankfully that doesn't happen to often.
    4200 days ago
    wow...what a great...right to the point blog!!! sometimes we forget the important things in getting healthy!!!! you hit the nail right on the head!! THANK YOU!!!!
    4200 days ago
  • DEB2010
    What a great blog - and why didn't I think of doing this sooner? I'm going to add nutrition trackers right now.
    4200 days ago
  • CAROLYN1213
    I love my food tracker!!! I am eating healthier clean whole foods since I started focusing on hitting my nutrients for the day. And, by focusing on potassium, calcium and magnesium, which I was always falling way too low in, I am able to finally reach my calorie intake in a nutritious way and these nutrients make ma a better runner and help with muscle endurance. Plus, plus, plus!!! I win! It is soooo good to read a blog by someone who is not whining or making excuses about why it is so hard to do the 'right thing' . Love it! Officially 'like' it!!!
    4201 days ago
  • BETTA13
    I love to use the food tracker. And anyone can look at it. It's hardly perfect,especially yesterday and today. lol BUT I won't give up on healthier eating because I still LOVE the way my body responds to wonderful REAL foods PLUS I like knowing I am eating healthier and I don't succumb to foolish foods everyday. So never mind justifying our bad choices, just make wise choices the rule. Just like we need to make exercise the rule not the exception.

    SP is great!
    4201 days ago
    Once again - Great blog!!!
    We need to be more concerned with getting enough nutrients. When I added fibre to my tracked info, I discovered I was consistently too low. When I started looking for ways to get more, I found out that raspberries are high in fibre. So not only have I found a great way to get more fibre, I have also increased my fruit intake.
    4201 days ago
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