In a testimonial of a young obese woman, she recalls dieting since she was 14 years of age. In result of her multiple diets, she had become obese (This is the case for many other people around the world as well). She got put into a program where, along with her weight watchers, she was seeing a therapist and writing in her ‘food journal’. She describes this food journal as her “life boat” on her way to becoming healthy. Whenever she eats she records it. When she feels like eating, but doesn’t need to, she records it. When she gets emotional and wants to turn to food, she turns to her journal instead. In a matter of 4 months, she was able to steadily lose an all-together 35 pounds, and she is still losing (Mantel). Having a food journal doesn’t just need to be for someone to cope with eating problems. I have done diet analyses on myself multiple times that required me to keep a log of my food intake for up to a week. At times it was hard to remember to do it, but while I was eating and preparing food, I had in mind that I was going to be recording what I was eating. This thought would move me to want to prepare something better for myself.
It isn’t necessary for everyone to record what they are eating, but it is the mindset behind it. It has become too normal to passively feed oneself when hungry, until he or she starts to see the results of their poor choices. And what is it that comes to mind after seeing horrible results from food? ‘I need to eat better’ is the thought, but in this “now” world, we need results now, and those results come through dieting. Let me get this point across, a diet should be defined as what a person consumes. A person with a healthy diet consumes healthy things. A person with an unhealthy diet consumes unhealthy things. A diet is NOT something that a person “goes on” and loses weight on. An individual’s diet should be a lifestyle. The typical “diet” is not possible to survive on. Be aware of what is being consumed! Is it a healthy choice? A healthy diet is possible to survive on.
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