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Get Healthier by Tracking Your Food

By Rachel Carver

Whether you want to decrease your scale number or accomplish other health goals, you know you need to be intentional about movement and follow a balanced diet. But life happens. And it can be easy to stray from our plan.

Do you ever get super busy during the day and finally grab something to eat when you are famished? Or do you take a handful of chips here or there without thinking about it? These scenarios can keep you from reaching your health goals. However, tracking your daily food intake can help.

Read on for some food tracking strategies that can improve the way you eat.

Track Your Snacks

Whether it is chips or something sweet, snacks between meals can go unnoticed even if you log your meals. We often unconsciously eat more snacks than we think. Tracking the snack you ate and why you ate it can show you where extra calories come from. This information gives you what you need to adjust accordingly.

Note Your Wins

Tracking is more than numbers. You can also use it to note your successes. Write down when you passed on the office treats, or when you stuck with your planned lunch instead of ordering something else. This lets you see your wins and gives you confidence to keep going.

Track Your Feelings

Make a note in your daily tracking about feelings associated with the foods you selected. Did you reach for chocolate because of stress? Were you proud for eating the healthy meals you prepped in advance? Understanding the reasons behind what you do can give you what you need to change behavior.

Measure Your Water Intake

We can become dehydrated without realizing it. Most people should consume half of their weight in ounces of water each day. Drink more if you work out or engage in other physical activities. Invest in a water bottle you like and keep it filled. Fruits, veggies, and other foods can also increase your water consumption.

The Bottom Line

Tracking your food intake is beneficial for many reasons. In addition to tracking calories and macros, it can help you learn a lot about your food habits. Having everything written down can show your patterns and behaviors, which helps you make adjustments to accomplish your health goals. Good nutrition can be easily sustained over your lifetime.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Fresno, Calif.

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