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Nutrition Tracking

Saturday, July 13, 2019

Every week in the 5% challenge we focus on a different facet of "living the good life"

This week it's nutrition tracking and keeping up with the 8 cups of water from last week.

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If you aren't already tracking your nutrition, why not? Usually, it's because

***You don't know how
***You think it'll take too long
***You don't really want to know

So, if you need help on the "how" please ask - it's much easier than you think. I found this video helpful
www.sparkpeople.
com/resource/videos-detail
.asp?video=17


Don't try to fiddle too much with settings etc if you are new to this, just concentrate on logging food regularly.

At first, it's a bit slower because you need to search for the food you want but the more you use it, the quicker it gets because you can save your favourite foods as, er, favourites lol and it also has a tab for recent foods. Many of us eat the same foods regularly so this quickly builds into a quick and easy way to log.

Talking of logging, please be honest. For me, this is Cadbury chocolate mini rolls. If you're in the US I know your chocolate isn't the same as ours so you might not see the appeal but for me they're Kryptonite. They also come on sale regularly, ugh!!!

There is no point NOT being honest with yourself about what you are actually eating. All the info is private unless you go out of your way to share it. For the purpose of tracking, there is no good/bad food, just data. We're looking for lifestyle changes that are maintainable and living off half a lettuce leaf just isn't.

Unless a medical professional or similar has told you different, just log what you eat for a while. You're a sensible person, you know how healthy or not your diet is and that's OK. Tracking is just a tool to help you out - do you need a little more protein in your diet? Are you getting enough calcium? Maybe you're actually doing better than you thought or (like I discovered) you aren't actually eating enough calories and that's why you're always tired and catch every lurgy going round.

If you are tech savvy (and not in the UK) you can download the Sparkpeople app and track on your phone. You can go old-school and jot it down on a bit of paper or, if you are super organised, fill all the foods you intend to eat in your tracker ahead of time. Just remember to amend it if something nommie slips in.....

The important thing is to track - there are too many success stories from tracking not to!
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  • DIANEDOESSMILES
    LOVE!! LOVE!! LOVE THis blog Jacquie!!!

    GREAT Point about being honest!! I'm because yeah, it's for my own information. If I weren't, it'd not be hurting anyone else. If I were to not be honest, it'd be lying to myself, and why do that? If I eat it, I write it.

    LOVE how well you've explained tracking!! TY TY TY !!
    100 days ago
  • PATRICIA-CR
    Best tool ever! Thank you, very helpful.
    100 days ago
  • DMILLER33
    So true! I do best when I track my food.
    101 days ago
  • CROUCHINGFLEA
    I've read a lot of people joining the 5% challenge and getting great results, it sounds like it is a very active group, next one that opens, will you let me know? I'd love to join!! And it is true, when I was tracking and weighing and measuring my food I did so much better on losing weight!!
    101 days ago
  • CAROL_SHANTZ
    Good advice
    101 days ago
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