I’ve been so busy with my day job the last two weeks that my blog had to take a back seat. But never fear! I am back now and ready to start my next 13 day challenge. My eighth challenge is to keep a food diary. Now, I’ve kept a food diary in the past so this one is different. Instead of writing down my food and portion size, I’m going to just write down the time of day I eat and any emotions connected to when I ate. My goal is not really to stop myself from eating ice cream ever again or to only eat carrots. Who wants to only eat carrots? My goal is to track how I feel about the food I eat. I might learn something along the way.
The Practical Reason
Many studies show that tracking helps you recognize patterns. In fact, I have read that you don’t have to track forever. You just need to track long enough to get a true picture of your habits. I think 13 days will give me a good picture.
The Philosophy Reason
The whole idea for this challenge came from this cool quote. “Freedom from obsession is not about something you do; it’s about knowing who you are. It’s about recognizing what sustains you and what exhausts you. What you love and what you think you love because you believe you can’t have it. We don’t want to EAT hot fudge sundaes as much as we want our lives to BE hot fudge sundaes. We want to come home to ourselves –Geneen Roth.
I don’t really consider myself obsessed, but I do like the idea of being true to myself and recognizing what I really want out of life.