Our diet is THE link to overall health. Feeling tired and sluggish? Do you have acne or digestive pain? Bloating? Nearly any physical sympton you can think of is likely tied, at least to some degree, to our diet. For this reason, whether you want to lose weight or maybe pinpoint what is giving you that headache, a food journal is essential. I'm not talking about counting calories, and in fact that's something I would almost never recommend as a health coach. Writing down what you eat and how you're feeling 30-60 minutes (noting feelings at both of the times can be even more helpful) after eating is a simple process with huge benefits. For example, say you eat a bacon, egg, & cheese sandwich on a hard roll. If in 30 minutes you feel energized and great – you know that's a good breakfast for you. If in 30 minutes you feel lethargic, bloated, and overall not great – you would want to rethink your breakfast choice.
Here's a downloadable food journal you can use to get started:
About the author: Kate Shanley is the Social Media Coordinator & Pet Health Consultant for Vibrant Health. She holds a B.S. in Animal Science and is also a board certified Holistic Health Coach, has a certificate in Plant-Based Nutrition from Cornell University, and she's a dog trainer.