Emmet from Rushe Fitness gym explains how tracking just two parts of your life can help you realise a lot about habits.

I think we can all agree that food is great!

The members of my lean in 2019 program all agree to that too

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But, whether you realise it or not, your moods can be heavily influenced by food.

There are 2 ways that this can happen;

  1. The food you eat throughout the day can affect your energy levels and therefore your moods. 
  2. How you feel and how your moods are can affect your food choices. 

If your diet tends to be poor, with little wholefood in it and too much-processed foods or prepackaged foods, your energy levels and your motivation to do things like exercise can drop as the day goes on.

On the other hand, you may have a pretty good diet and you tend to eat all the right things. But whenever you get stressed, sad or feel down, you tend to use food for comfort and your choices end up ruining all your hard work.

If you have an idea that these things are happening but have never joined the dots as to why they happen, this weeks challenge will help you to figure out what is going on.

I have written about how a food diary can be a great tool for keeping you on track when it comes to your diet and losing weight.

Keeping a Food AND Mood Diary can also be a great tool for figuring out how you were feeling around the times when you eat or make poorer choices.

An example may be;

If you tend to rush in the morning and have a ‘grab and go’ breakfast of a coffee and a breakfast bar or croissant. 
Then, when it gets to 10am, you are hangry and want to eat everything in sight and no-one can look at you in the office…
The diary could show you that your breakfast choice is the reason that slump happens and your mood drops and your food choices tend to degrade. 
By making more time in the morning to make and eat a protein rich breakfast, it could ‘fix’ the above scenario. 

An example may be;

You have had a busy day at work and you never got a chance to stop. 
You have a lot on your plate and the stress is starting to get to you. 
After dinner that evening, you started to raid the cupboards and spent the rest of the evening on a non stop binge. 

Both scenarios are different in that food was the reason for one happening and the other, food was being used as the fix for how they were feeling.

But in both scenarios, keeping a Food and Mood Diary could let you see patterns happening and whenever you realise what the reason for them is, you can take steps to solve them.

You don’t need to use anything fancy here either.

A simple pen and notepad will let you get started and after keeping a regular diary for a week or 2 you will see patterns happening in your life that you may not have realise were there for years.

Figuring out these patterns will allow you to understand about why you tend to make the choices you do with food, and you can then change your meals and activities to keep your energy levels high and your food choices good!

It doesn’t take long before you will begin to see these patterns happening, but I can guarantee that it’ll be an eye-opening exercise for you.

So, are you up for the challenge?

Be sure to let me know and let me know how you get on with it.

If you would like help to lose weight in a sustainable way by eating tasty food, then my lean in 2019 program can help.

We are always welcoming new members in and you can and out all information through the link below.