are you feeling challenged?
Posted by Andrea Nakayama
Earlier this week I invited you to join me for a challenge. . .
A FOOD, MOOD, POOP TRACKING CHALLENGE!
So many wrote to say “I’m in!’ over on the Replenish PDX Facebook page.
And it’s not to late to join the tracking fun.
But, let’s face it, tracking what we eat isn’t always fun, right?
Many of us (myself included), have negative associations with logging food for calories or self-discipline; years spent restricting and judging or evaluating each morsel ingested.
This challenge is about so much more.
In particular it’s about taking back one of the best tools for making associations between how we feel and what we do ~ the sweet spot where you actually have more impact over your signs and symptoms than you might realize.
In order to take back the tracking, we’re moving into this slooooooowly.
Right now, it’s just about writing down what you eat and what time you ate it.
You can do that when it happens (keeping the journal in your kitchen), or think it through at the end of the night. Either way works.
I’m thinking of this first week of our three week challenge as a laundry bin. . . just throw the items in there and walk way.
Seriously! Walk away.
Your next step is easy…
Grab your Food, Mood, Poop Journal if you haven’t already and let’s get tracking!
Here you’ll find the Replenish PDX Food/Mood/Poop 5-Day Tracker…
Go ahead and download your copy.
This week we’re focusing on just one column.
The FOOD Column!
Then come back to the Replenish Facebook page where we’ll be talking details.
THIS WEEK’S TRACKING OBJECTIVES AT A GLANCE…
- This week we are just working on the FOOD column. Don’t run away with this. We’re going slow for a reason and I’ll be giving you instructions on the Replenish Facebook page as we go.
- We’re in the “gather” stage so that we can connect the dots. Is tracking hard for you? Let me know by hitting reply!
- No quantity, no grams, no measurements needed. Just the pure basics…what you ate and when you ate it.
- Next, go through your three days of tracking and circle the meals in green that include Fat/Fiber/Protein all in one meal.
- Before next Monday, when we’ll take our next steps, get out more colored markers or pencils! Now go through each day and use your colored markers to make a dot at the bottom of each column to note if you ate that color that day.
What’s coming up for you with your tracking?
Tracking food can be sticky business, and I know it.
Hit reply and let me know.
Let’s see how the Food, Mood, Poop Journal can be an illuminating tool for you!
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