Do you lie about what you eat? One of the biggest issues I have as a Nutritional Therapist is when my clients aren’t honest on their food journals. Do you remember exactly what you ate and how much yesterday or the day before? Probably not. Unless you are quite organized and actually pre pack your snacks and meals, you won’t remember.
Writing down what you eat is essential when you are attempting to examine your health or work with a nutritionist. It is crucial to be honest! As a nutritionist I don’t care if you are eating a bagel with flavored cream cheese everyday for breakfast and a skittles for a snack. I want to know where you are struggling in your daily diet so I can give realistic and appropriate food goals. Whenever I tell my clients that I need a 7 day food journal from them they tense up. I can see in their eyes the fear and uneasiness as I slide the printed journal towards them. People assume that I, being a nutritionist, make great choices for food all the time. That I never waiver or have so much knowledge that I will judge others based on what is on their plate. That is simply not true. I make poor decisions in my daily diet all the time, but it is about getting back up and choosing better the next time that matters.
I want to encourage all of you to be honest. Don’t look down on yourself because you picked up that donut at Church. Simply choose to make a better choice next time. Here are some tips for the next time you are tempted to choose an item that isn’t the best for you.
- Be sure to eat a full meal before going out to a place you know you will be tempted
- Bring trail mix, fruit, or other healthy snacks with you wherever you go
- Ask for a to-go box immediately after ordering your food and put half of it away at the beginning of the meal
- Choose fruit instead of dessert
- Make large batches of homemade/nutrient dense desserts and freeze them. Choose those when you are tempted
- Make large batches of nutrient dense foods and freeze them. Choose those when you don’t feel like cooking one day
- Start your day off eating healthier options. Eating well in the morning will encourage you to do well the rest of the day
- Allow some treats so you don’t binge on desserts
- Be kind to yourself
Overall, when taking a deeper look at your nutrition and health, be honest. Health care professionals can only help with what you tell them. If you leave out your “cheats” they can’t give you better options or help you curve those cravings.
Hope this encourages you to be honest, open, and kind to yourself.
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P.S. If that bread looks delicious…make some from this recipe: Sourdough Bread