1. Improves Weight Loss. This is not a surprise. Research shows that 80% of your weight loss success comes from what you put into your belly. You can work out for hours and hours BUT if you do not consume the proper nutrition you won’t reach those goals or get that six-pack that you have been wanting.
2. Better Overall Nutrition. A journal will allow you to review your consumption and see if there could potentially be an area for improvement. Are you missing any vital minerals and/or nutrients? Are you consuming too much or too little of a particular food group? Are you eating a high amount of processed foods rather than natural unprocessed foods?
3. Food Sensitivities or Allergies? Beside writing down what you are eating, be sure to also include HOW you FEEL prior and after eating. Making note of how you felt before eating will alert you for patterns. Where you upset, angry, stressed happy or relaxed? Did your mood affect what you ate? Jotting down how you felt afterwards can give you some insight if you may be sensitive to a particular food group. After consuming dairy, eggs or gluten do you get an upset belly or headache? Are you finding that you become tired after eating a certain food or food group? Is your body or joints achy? I know that it sounds silly, but many of our daily ailments come from WHAT we consume.
Do you keep a food journal? Are you noticing any trends or patterns? I’m curious to hear what you are noticing. Please comment and let me know!