Tuesday, February 4, 2014

The most manageable food diary ever

At various points in my life, I've tried to keep a food diary.  This practice is consistently recommended as a way to be conscious about what we eat, but I've never been able to do it.  There's something about carrying a tiny notebook around with me and pausing at the start of every meal -- Just one sec! What's in this soup? -- to record what I'm about to intake that's just not fun or manageable.  It inevitably lasts for all of about half a day before I throw my hands up and call the project a loss.

So I'm doing it with a camera instead, and the results have been surprisingly awesome.  I get all the benefits -- pausing for a second before I inhale my food, and having a record of it afterwards -- by doing something I like to do anyway: take pictures.  And when I don't want to take a picture of what I'm about to eat, it's a self-check.

Over the next three days, as part of the 40 Days program, I'll be entering into a three-day "fruit feast."  For those of you who have been reading this blog from the beginning, you'll know that I tried this last year with pretty terrible results.  I gave up the feast -- in which you only eat fruit -- after one day, citing a raging headache as my downfall.

Tomorrow, with the other 40-days yogis at my back, I'm hoping to last this one all the way through.  And with the knowledge that you're actually supposed to get a headache after the first day -- I'm told it's a signal your body is being detoxed -- I think I'll be able to hold strong, using my electronic food diary as a record of my achievement. Yes, I'm skeptical of the benefits.  But you know what?  That's okay.


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