Journaling is a great way for personal growth and betterment. This amazing writing process allows you to write down your feelings and thoughts that are taking a lot of space in your mind and life. Through writing it all on a piece of paper, you give yourself the space for transformation and growth, welcoming change at its best.

Journaling is usually taken as an exercise that people attempt for their personal growth or personal feelings. However, what we don’t realize is that journaling is vaster than we can imagine and has a lot more meaning to it. It can be used in various ways and food journaling is one of the many styles of journaling that is extremely helpful.

Intuitive eating is getting appreciated with the passage of time as it connects the human body and mind which is extremely crucial for finding and maintaining your happy weight. As intuitive eating is all about building a strong relationship between your body and your mind; journaling can really help. It takes your eating habits to a very different level which is helpful in building a healthy lifestyle, going beyond the struggle with weight loss only.

Ways to Food Journal for Intuitive Eating:

Here are some quick ways to do food journaling, in order to get your habit of intuitive eating on track!

  • The first thing that you should start your food journal with is what exactly you feel like before and after having a meal. Also, don’t overlook that feeling because we all get a special feeling or a bad one after having a meal. After eating, take some time to acknowledge how your body is reacting to the meal. Write it down daily, after each meal, and you will start to recognize a pattern that will show you how your body reacts after each type of food. 

  • Next, you must write down the time of the day that you have your meals at. Which meal should be the heaviest and which should be the smallest? As you need more energy to start off the day, a healthy and nursing breakfast is important. Similarly, grilled chicken or sautéed veggies can do a great job for lunch. Try to keep your dinner to minimal and it is a good practice to not eat too close to bedtime. If your body is still in full-on digestion mode, it can make it challenging to fall asleep and stay asleep. Prior to bed, choosing water or warm herbal tea can be a great way to help prepare for sleep.

  • Also be fully aware of your life situation and the circumstances that are going around. Your body might demand more food when you are stressed or maybe you eat way less than your body needs when you are under pressure. Notice how your life events affect your daily eating habits and track them down in your food journal. Next time you feel under pressure, you would know that you are missing out on your basic nutrients and you must take them, in order to fight the stress.

Tracking you’re eating habits with these 3 simple ways of food journaling can actually help you in building an intuitive eating style which will help you lose weight and maintain it too. If you are tired of the weight loss programs that never really work, then adapt the intuitive eating style so that you can understand your body better and manage yourself according. This won’t get your motivation levels lowered and you won’t get fed up with the process either. Try it out now and find yourself being more adaptable to your eating habits and embracing a healthier lifestyle like never before.

Journaling through an intuitive eating lens is not about counting calories or macros. This is not about restrictions or food rules. This process offers you a special opportunity for mind-body connection. Not only will you be able to see patterns in how different foods affect your body, but you will also be able to recognize patterns relating to how certain emotions make you crave certain foods and how certain foods make you feel certain emotions. Consider it all a bit of a science experiment. Each choice and observation will provide you with information…what you choose to do with that information is entirely up to you!

So, whether you choose to use an online journaling tool or pen and paper – find a way that works for you and watch your intuitive eating skills soar! Happy journaling.