I’m sure you’ve all heard to keep a food journal. Dietitians preach the importants of keeping track of calories and carbs and all the other important things you need to take in daily. There are an overwhelming number of apps that will automatically compute popular foods and even recommend dining out choices. That’s nice and tedious and I never keep up with it. As much as I LOVE a reason to use Excel, I god damn hate numbers. Focusing on food as a value also distracts from the fun of food and can really such the joy out of food. However, try thinking of a food journal like a wine journal. Start writing about everything you ate and what you thought about it. Keep track of what you liked, what you didn’t like and what you want to try. Food is emotional and you are certainly welcome to talk about your food in an emotional way. Say you had a rough day so you turned to a pint of Ben and Jerry’s. In your journal, write about what was so shitty about your day that you needed 500 calories of creamy, edible best friend. Maybe it’s a comfort because it reminds you of a kid and all the joy that surrounds ice cream. Chasing the ice cream truck in the summer, ice cream parties on the last Friday of elementary school. Or maybe it just tastes so damn good. Talk about the textures of food and contrasts. Hell I could spend a day just writing about trail mix.
By incorporating more than just numbers and ratios into a food journal, you’ll begin to unravel the mysteries behind why you want certain foods. Do you often find yourself craving breads or pasta? Does it so happen that these cravings pop up when you’re sleep deprived? It’s been shown that when you’re stressed, carb cravings tend to spike. It’s important to understand why you want something in the first place to make any change in your eating habits.