By Shira Miller
Wellness is definitely a journey. After losing 50 pounds (35% of my bodyweight) over 20 years ago in a healthy manner and keeping most of it off for good, I’ve learned that the road to clean living can be marked with a couple of unexpected potholes along the way. One thing that has consistently helped me stay the course is keeping a food journal.
Ever since I first cracked open a pale pink diary back in fifth grade, I’ve been a fan of the format for organizing thoughts and goals. Sure enough, planning meals ahead of time and recording food intake bolsters awareness and focus.
But don’t take my word on it. Scientific data continues to confirm the benefits of daily food journaling. According to the National Weight Control Registry, which keeps a data base of over 5,000 weight loss maintainers, about 50 percent of their participants use self-monitoring tools like food journals to stay in shape.
A July 2012 study released by the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle found that writing down everything you eat or drink in a food journal helped women consistently lose about six pounds more than those who did not. [...]READ MORE »