Your eating habits are simply a dynamic pattern of foods, behaviors, and situations that trigger you. Many people are unaware of how all these things: habits, food, and mood mix together in their daily life. Recognizing your mood and or habits is one of the single most powerful tools you can use to gain control of your overall health.
Why is it important to understand your habits and your mood?
Keep a log for about a week and track the following questions. Another great tool we use with many of our clients is an app called ATE. It's a free photo food journal that you simply snap a photo of your food and you can log all of these questions when eating!
Awareness is the first step in making the changes you need. Once you know your "bad" habits, mood and food triggers, you can now work to overcome and put in place small changes to make your decisions match your long term goals.
What's a great way to help mitigate the stress around eating? Meal planning. Simply think about looking 1-2 days in advance and having what you need on hand. It can be overwhelming to try to build out the whole week.
Having things you enjoy already built into your plan, will make it much easier to stick to eating healthier and staying on track of your overall health goals.