Wednesday, 12 April 2017

30 Day Cowlean Challenge, Day Twenty-Three: “Mindful Eating”

Hi guys,

Weigh-in: 204.4 lbs
Calories: 3900

Even though that’s an increase on yesterday, I did a carb refeed and am attributing to that. The upside is that my workout will be awesome tomorrow, and I had an incredible sleep. That’s because carbs lead to a serotonin release which aids sleep.

Today’s post is in quotation marks for a reason. I’m not actually talking about *mindful* eating, as in paying close attention to the experience and sensation of eating, I’m talking about being aware of what you’re putting into your body.

You could do this through a few methods:
  • Keep a food diary
  • Track your calories
  • Track your carbs
  • Track everything which you consider “a treat”
  • Track how many steps you’re doing a day using a pedometer or online converter
  • Track your weight

All of these actions have something in common: they shine a light on your current activities. This would be a great tool for someone who wanted to lose weight but didn’t want to actually “go on a diet”.

I would recommend someone do one. or a combination of the above, every day  for a week, with no strings attached. Just measure whatever you want for a week then throw it away if you want to. Use it as a check-up if you like. Following on from my post on how much you “swing back the other way” once you’ve hit your goal, you could do a tracking week every three months to make sure you don’t stray too far.

What I predict will happen is that by the end of the week you’ll step back and see what you’ve actually been up to. It’s very easy to let things slip and build up; in fact that’s what leads to a lot of weight gain. Someone slowly and insidiously gains weight every year without them realising. And for someone who’s not even started on the journey: what you’ve accidentally done is taken the first, and hardest step.

Until tomorrow,


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