At certain times of the year, diet propaganda gets really noisy.
It can be difficult to resist.
From detox to weight-loss diets, they are all there! But there is a way to overcome the temptation of new diets, because NO DIET will deliver LASTING RESULTS.
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The fact that you are considering ‘diets’ means you are not 100% happy with your food choices and your health and wellbeing.
Perhaps you are carrying extra weight or your energy levels are low.
The best place to start is where you are right now.
Make an objective and compassionate assessment of your current situation.
What, why, and how are you eating?
Mindful eating is a practice that helps you determine a way of eating that truly nourishes you.
It includes knowing what, why, and how you are eating.
To find the best solution to your current health and wellbeing…
I suggest keeping a mindful eating journal for one week and recording the following:
- Time of drink, meal, or snack.
- What and how much did you eat (e.g., 1 cup boiled white rice, 200g BBQ steak)?
- Why did you eat, e.g., for hunger, boredom, or stress?
- When you eat, do you focus just on eating?
- What are the trends in your eating?
Tips on keeping a mindful eating journal
- Record what you have had to eat or drink just after you have eaten.
- Try not to change what, when, or how you eat because you are recording it! Remember, this is an assessment of your usual way of eating, not a judgement.
- Simple ways to record: picture record on your smartphone, notes app on your phone, or handwritten in your diary or journal.
- Make any notes about activities in your day that impacted your eating, e.g., a busy day at work, ill health, poor sleep.
- You may also make comments on how well different meals or snacks suit you.
Your completed journal will provide valuable information on your eating habits, including your triggers (or drivers) for eating.
Take up the challenge
I encourage you to take up the challenge of the food diary. It is your own personal research project for the week.
The purpose of the food diary is to learn more about your habits so you can introduce real and personalised solutions to improve the way you eat.
Would you like some assistance in determining the best solution that lasts for you? Then book a free 15-minute Mindful Eating Discovery call.
In the call, we will discuss what you have found from your mindful eating journal challenge, as I appreciate that it can be overwhelming.
If I am the best person to help you, then I will provide you with a personalised tip to get you started on the path to a healthier way of eating that lasts.