I've kept a food log almost everyday since I was in high school. At one time it was part of my obsessive compulsive eating disorder. When I was anorexic, I logged only the number of fat grams I had eaten each day (limiting myself to 10) Later it became a mark of how many times in a day I purged (up to 5 times a day). At some point I stopped logging the purges and "bad days" and the log became a record of the good days in which I didn't purge at all (some months there were only 2 of these days). College and post college the logs transitioned into workout and food logs to make sure my calories IN were LESS than the calories OUT via long, masochistic exercise sessions.
It makes me tear up to even think about those logs - those days of torment and being controlled rather than in control. With every move, I've packed those logs in a trunk and lugged them with me. Today could pull them out and show you the path I've traveled with food.
Recently several people have asked, what does your food log look like? what do you eat? may I have a copy of your food log? etc.
I sat down to give 3 example days of "what's in my food log" - but it won't tell the whole story.
The truth is that it's taken over 4 yrs to get the body I have today, to transition to the food you'll see in my food log, to have the peace of mind to eat Amy's Ice Cream and NOT get up to "run it off" in the morning. And MY food log should not be YOUR food log.
The truth today:
- I don't really cheat - it's not worth it to me anymore and I don't miss anything!
- I eat 99% paleo, gluten free, dairy free
- I don't overeat because it reminds me of my days trapped in a Bulimic prison
- I eat for performance and log everything - even on vacations
- I still enjoy wine, Mexican Martini's, sweets on occasion
- I know my Zone blocks but don't zone each meal just end of the day totals
Today I still log my workouts and my food EVERYDAY. I do it to track performance, to remember PR's, to know how I feel when I fuel my body in certain ways. I write down hunger/energy/body aches/rita's I have at happy hour - ALL OF IT. My food log is my peace of mind - Write it down and it's one less thing taking up space in my head!