Lately, I have been reading a lot about intuitive eating which is an approach to balanced nutrition based on the premise that learning how to recognize your body’s natural hunger signals will help you attain a healthy weight and a healthy relationship with food and your own body. This runs counter to what I have been doing which is keeping track of Weight Watchers points. How have I been doing with that you might ask? Not so great. Yes, I have lost weight because I have learned how to play the numbers game but I haven’t changed my unhealthy eating habits. As a matter of fact, I have been eating a lot more frozen Smart Ones and Lean Cuisine meals because it’s easy to calculate points.
Although, I am intrigued by the idea of intuitive eating, I am not quite ready to try it. I haven’t done enough research to understand how to recognize hunger and full signals. What I did decide to do was stop counting Weight Watchers points to see if I could recognize those signals on my own without worrying about how many points I had for the day. Instead, I am keeping a food journal. What’s the difference between tracking points and writing down everything you eat in a journal? My food journal isn’t just a written account of what I am eating but what I am feeling as well. My goal is to connect the dots between emotional eating and the things that trigger this behavior. Once I have figured out the triggers, I can work on strategies to help keep me from emotional over- eating. My other goal for this journal is to help me plan ahead. I not only write down what I have just eaten but what I plan on eating for the next meal or two. This gives me time to try and balance my meals with the proper amount of protein, carbs, fruits, veggies and dairy. I just began writing my food journal so we will see what happens.