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What are the Benefits of Logging your Food

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When you are first starting to get into a new lifestyle it is really hard to know where to start when it comes to nutrition. Don’t eat this, eat that, do not touch this, this will make you lose it faster, and so on! It is overwhelming to say the least. What I have found to be the best place to start is to figure out what you are currently eating.

Pick a day and start writing down everything you are eating. All of it, the good, bad, and ugly. If you lie or skip on writing certain things like cookies, you are only hurting yourself. Writing things down will let you visually see exactly where you end up at the end of each day. You will be surprised at what you are eating just out of habit or because it is in front of your face. I would do this for a couple of days.

Once you have a couple days logged, you will either be over eating, under eating , or perfect. 90 % of the time it isn’t perfect, and that is ok. That is why you are logging your food, so you can make changes. From there you can see what you need to take away or add. For most people, they are low on protein and high on carbohydrates and saturated fats. By logging your food you can go back into each day and either add in protein to the meals that are missing it or take away foods that you are eating way to much of.

Here are some examples-

  • Breakfast- Oatmeal, You can easily add in some sort of protein like eggs or a protein shake.

  • Lunch- Caesar salad, You can add in some grilled chicken

  • Dinner- Pork chops, mashed potatoes, garlic toast and green beans. You can choose one of the carbohydrate sources and remove one.

    Snacks- Apples or fruit. You can add in some cheese, Greek yogurt or a protein shake.

The trick is to work with what you are already doing. When you change everything all at once you are just going to overwhelm yourself and give up. Making one simple change every day will lead to bigger changes over time, as much as I hate to say it, it really is a marathon not a sprint. Play the long game and stay consistent, you will win every time!

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Making a Lifestyle Change, Without support of Friends and Family

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This is the week, the day, the month that you are committing to make a change. It could be fitness, a new job, a new lifestyle, new friends, or a new goal. You tell your friends and family but they stare and make comments, inside you feel so alone or even dumb for saying it out loud. That little voice in your head starts to speak up and confirm everything they just said is true, you give up before you even get started.


Girl I go through this on the regular. I have these ideas, goals, reasons why I want to make a change. But the more people I tell, the more alone I feel. The comments, the looks, are all real and they cut deep. This is where you have to take a step back, and keep moving, one step at a time, one shitty comment at a time, one day at a time. This is where you shut that voice in your head up no matter how many times it repeats itself.

The looks and comments you are getting have nothing to do with you. Let me repeat this, the looks and comments you are getting have nothing to do with you. Repeat this every single time until you don’t have to anymore. They are coming from that persons insecurities in themselves not in you. You are making a change, you are taking a step, you are doing the uncomfortable. Take all those comments as a sign you are moving in the right direction. And don’t stop.

I’m not telling you this from past experience, I am telling you this as I deal with it currently. I have big dreams, I have big goals, and I also have people that don’t get it. Do you think I am going to let those opinions stop me? Do you think I am going to let those opinions stop you? Heck no Girlfriend! I am right here with you, if you feel alone, or if your dreams are to big….. email me, I’ll write you back and let you know they aren’t big enough. This is your safe place, this is your outlet, in the words of Stefanie Peters- “ Stop telling your big dreams to small minded people”. Let’s do this together my friend. One step at a time.

Leave a comment below to share what you are going through, or what you went through and how you got through it. I think the more we share the more people we can help.

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