You Can “Own” What You Eat For a Healthier You

. . . benefits to writing down what you eat: Ownership of your choices and accountability to yourself for the results. There is not a right or wrong way to “own” what you eat.

Cooked, sliced brisket on cutting boardAre you always rationalizing what you eat? Do you eat the same portions as your meal companions?

You can “own” what you eat for a healthier you!

The simple truth to eating like you want to be eating is to “own” it. Yup, that’s right — accept what and how much you are eating. Once you’ve done this, you can then decide if you want to make any changes. It’s all up to you!

The easiest way to know what you are eating is to track it by recording it or writing it down. Open notebook and ink pen.It doesn’t matter if you use paper and pencil, an app, or a list on your phone. Once you see what and how much you are eating, you can develop a plan to be eating how you really want to eat.

Not convinced? Here are benefits to writing down what you eat:

  • You will know specific foods and quantities you are eating.
  • Seeing it in black and white makes it real.
  • You can track macronutrients, carbs, calories, or fat.
  • Ownership of your choices and accountability to yourself for the results.

This “ownership” doesn’t have to be painful. You decide how to record what you eat. If you forget to write down a day’s eating, oh well. Don’t be hard on yourself. Decide to either forget it or try to remember what you ate and record it as best as you can. It’s your plan — so you decide the rules.Veggie omelet with 2 slices of bacon and slight view of fruit cup.

There is not a right or wrong way to “own” what you eat. I like to use an app and record what I eat pretty quickly after I eat it. Some days, I play catch up and write it down at the end of the day. I also like to track my exercise and weight. All of this together helps me work toward my goal. I have tracked water consumption in the past but don’t choose to do this on a regular basis. Again, you decide what works for you.

I realized that I can’t eat what others around me eat and the quantities I want to eat, and be able to maintain a healthy weight. Salad in black plastic bowl with napkin, fork, and croutons package on left.This and setting a goal was my springboard to decide to “own” what I eat. This ownership and taking responsibility for what I eat have helped me change my eating habits. Also, setting an attainable and measurable goal has helped too.

“Own It” today and take charge of your eating habits. You decide what to eat, how much to eat, and what is healthy for your body. Own It!Lox N' Loaded plated food with smoked salmon, tomato, cream cheese, red onion, capers on a toasted bagel

Author: Cindy Avery

A lifelong learner retired from education encouraging others in their learning journey. Creator of #backroadtracks

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