The Food Journal at The Life Coach School

The Food Journal at The Life Coach School


Hi, it’s Brooke Castillo from The Life Coach
School, and today, I’m going to talk to you about the food journal. Whenever I bring up the idea of a food journal,
everyone goes in to post traumatic stress syndrome. Nobody wants to keep a food journal.
I didn’t want to keep a food journal. I know that from all those years of dieting, from
all those calorie-counting days, you may feel like keeping a food journal will make you
crazy. Sometimes it will bring up so much stuff, because it requires you to pay attention.
If there’s anything that causes us to gain weight, more weight than we want to gain,
it’s not paying attention. The food journal is the opposite of not paying
attention. It’s the opposite of letting yourself go. So being willing to write down everything
you eat is really the first step in your commitment. Yes, it’s difficult. I understand. Having
to stay aware of what you’re eating, and be able to write it down is not something that
you’re going to be able to do on the sly. You’re going to have to keep your brain engaged.
You’re going to have to pay attention. Most of us have this post traumatic stress, because
we use our food journals as a weapon against ourselves. We used it to count up our calories
and we used it to berate ourselves for what we ate. Those days are over. The only reason we are
keeping the food journal now, is awareness, curiosity, and fascination. Being able to
pay attention to everything that goes in your mouth, all throughout the day, requires you
to pay attention to yourself. Most of us are overweight because we aren’t paying attention
to ourselves. We are starving for our own attention and we’re trying to quelch that
starvation by feeding it food. We don’t need more food, we need more of our own attention.
Think of every excuse you have right now, for why you don’t want to keep a food journal.
Write those excuses down, and then start keeping a food journal. Start writing down everything
you eat. Now here’s the excuses that I get. “But
what about when I go to a party? I’m not going to be able to just be writing down everything
I eat? What about when I go to a restaurant?” Here’s what’s true. You don’t have to stop
in the middle of a party, although I do have clients that do go to the bathroom and write
down what they ate. You don’t have to do that. But here’s the thing. If you’re really paying
attention, and making a note of everything you eat, you should be able to remember it. What happens is, most of us go to parties,
have a little bit too much to drink, don’t pay any attention to what we’re eating, we’re
just eating, eating, eating, eating, and then to be able to remember that in a conscious
state later, is very difficult. Even if you’re not writing it down, at the party, what I’m
asking you to do is stay conscious enough. Make enough mental notes that you know what
you ate. I could tell you everything I ate yesterday, very easily. First of all, it’s
not a lot of picking and grazing, and unconscious eating, so I’m able to remember it. Most of
it is a very conscious planned decision, so it’s easy to remember. If you are having a
hard time remembering what you ate yesterday, it’s probably because you aren’t aware. The easiest and best solution for awareness
is a food journal. The clients that have the most success in losing weight, keep a food
journal. They pay attention to what they’re eating. So many of my clients have come to
me and said, “I don’t know what I’m not losing weight,” and when we’re able to go
back through those food journals, we can see the reason why. We can evaluate the fuel that
they’re eating, and see if it’s working for their body. We can evaluate how much they’re
eating, and if they’re really eating between those twos on the hunger scale, and if they’re
not, we can make adjustments. If we don’t have those food journals to look at, we can’t
make any changes, because we don’t know what needs to be changed. If I could come through the camera, and grab
your shoulders, and say, “Please, please, please just do this,” it would be to keep
your food journal. When you start keeping that food journal, you may start feeling like,
“ugh, all I’m doing is thinking about food. All I’m doing is thinking about myself. I’m
having to stay conscious.” It may bring up some negative emotion. That is part of the
process. It doesn’t mean stop keeping a food journal and go unconscious again. It means
pay close attention to what you’re eating, and also notice, are you using that food journal
as a way to beat yourself up? You don’t need to stop keeping the food journal – you just
need to stop beating yourself up. Remember, the food journal is for curiosity,
fascination, and awareness only. So please, get yourself a little notebook, and start
writing down everything you eat from now on.

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