Food Journal you say? But …this is the Caveman Diet, Paleo Works right? remember we moved away from all that prescriptive stuff. Well yes and no. The foods incorporated into our programs give you the physical means to deal with hunger and cravings and we find that many of our old issues and difficulties do resolve in the absence of the mood swings, irritability and imbalance we have experienced as carb addicts.
But for those who have ever used food as their “coping mechanism”, it can sometimes happen that, having strived to overcome, we fall back into those old patterns and habits and just like that, the weight starts to creep back on.
The trick is to catch yourself as you fall.
And here's where a food journal comes in: it makes you accountable and it makes you think and in this way you start to get back control. Start by opening a new book. On page one make a list of all the things you have been doing that are making you gain back weight. Don’t be shy, dig deep, you already know the answers. Ready? Now list, like this: too many lattes, too much snacking (be specific) too many nuts (what had started as a few turned into a handful and then the whole packet), grapes by the pound....still paleo but somehow it's all got out of hand....
So now watch your hand form the letters and write the words. Sometimes being present with the words as they write brings everything up sharp and into perspective. Have you noticed sometimes when things are getting tricky we simply “check out” for moments of our life here and there and pretend these things are not happening, that we don’t have any control. Well you know what - we do. You do. It’s you who is putting the food into your mouth after all. No one else. You simply have to be aware of what you're doing and catch yourself before you fall.
Now draw up a second column and make a note of what you are going to do to change that habit. Walk past Costa’s or change your route to work? Nip out at lunch time and buy something for lunch or pack a little something from home? Change your routine. Shake it up. Become aware of the habit, of what you are doing and change it up. You can do it. Do you want to know something good? The American Journal of Preventive Medicine published this 20 week study confirming that those who kept a food journal dropped double the weight of dieters who did not record their food habits. But you have to be real with it. Record what you eat not what you think you are eating and not what you think you should be eating. It's just you and reality sharing the moment and that's all that counts.
And my working lunch?
Here it is paleo and clean. This little meal kept my hunger satisfied all afternoon. I ate around two o'clock having fasted through the night from 8pm. Then ate supper at six with Michael and the kids. Tomorrow we are going to do it different. We will start with the typical Paleo Works style breakfast and fast through the day for a late tea. Sometimes it's good to change things up a little!
Try a food journal yourself and let us know how you go!