Food is more than just nutrients and fuel for our body. Food is associated with so many emotional situations such as boredom, stress, even celebrations. Without realizing it, these extra snacks and meals quickly add extra daily calories.
One of the most recommend methods in controlling these extra calories is to track food. We can go old school and use a pen and paper, or try any one of a variety of apps to log our food. It can be eye-opening to see exactly what and how much we eat in a day. Here is more about mindful eating and food tracking to help you maintain a healthy weight.
What Is Mindful Eating?
How can we become more aware of our daily food consumption? By thinking about what we are eating, why we are eating it, and how much we are eating. Mindful eating is mainly about making conscious choices regarding food consumption.
The Benefits of Tracking Food
One method to practice mindful eating is to log or track food throughout the day. Logging food will allow us to see exactly how much or how little food we eat. It can motivate us to make smarter choices and portion out snacks and meals. Tracking food will also help us understand why we are eating by tracking times and moods when we eat. We will be able to tell if we eat when we are hungry or out of boredom.
How To Start
You can start tracking your food by simply using pen and paper to jot down as you go about your day. There are also several apps that you can download on phones and tablets that track calories, nutrients, exercise, water intake and more. Some of the most common apps to use are MyFitnessPal, Rise Up, Fitbit, Noom and more.