Tips For Keeping a Food Mood Journal

Introduction:When used to its potential the Mediterranean Diet Plan encourages weight loss. If you are eating the correct foods according to plan and not losing weight, consider keeping a food, mood journal.

  • 01

    Unconscious Eating

    Do you loathe the word "diet" as much as I? Even though I don't have a food obsession, there are times I eat unconsciously. With a food, mood journal you can record the number of times you go back for "seconds" and how often you snack. Are you the type person who eats when depressed? If so, finding the root of depression will likely help with unconscious eating.

  • 02

    In Denial

    Education has no bearing on the fact that we get into denial about eating. A metabolic study at the National Institute of Health of college educated women based on constant weight evidenced that the women did not lose weight based on how much they "thought" they ate. (Sourcebook: "The Omega Diet") In order to lose weight, actual calories and fat consumed must be carefully scrutinized, not what we "think" we eat.

  • 03

    Food, Mood Journal Helpful Tool

    To begin, record your current weight, how often you eat, size of portions and moods that drive you to the refrigerator. It's helpful to note the time of day you ate and your emotions. Were you angry, sad, confused or frustrated? After a week, look at your food, mood journal and identify any eating triggers. If you've ever attended step-groups, you'll be familiar with H.A.L.T. - hungry, angry, lonely and tired. Food cravings can be triggered by emotions, in the same manner as substance abuse.

  • 04

    Exercise

    The largest block on the Mediterranean Diet Pyramid is exercise! How often, how long and how we exercised is also a useful tool for the food, mood journal. I have exercise challenges due to Fibromyalgia Syndrome. However, our house is two-story. My office, my bathroom and our bedroom are up 13 steps. When we moved here, I vowed to only use the upstairs bathroom. How many times do you suspect I do 26 stair steps daily? My point is, trick your mind into exercising by setting simple goals like walking upstairs or parking further away from your destination than usual. Walking is good exercise.

  • 05

    Cravings

    Finally, if we make a conscious effort to cut down on our food cravings, we have a better chance for successful weight stability. Our eyes are the largest offender. When you see an advertisement for one of your food triggers, do you start obsessing? How about grocery shopping? When you pass the chocolate display, do you grab a candy bar and eat it in the store? This often occurs when we shop hungry! (Remember: H.A.L.T.) Planning grazing time is helpful. If we know we can snack at 3:00 P.M. we're less likely to nibble at 2:00 P.M.




Final Thoughts

If you're desperately trying to lose weight, think of everyday as a new opportunity. Don't chastise yourself if you "slip up" one day, just start over the next morning. Experiment with keeping a food, mood journal, but if it doesn't work for you, try something else.




Comments

Post A Comment

Submit Comment



Need a Top Five List Idea?

select one here...

  • The Top Five Ways to Keep Unwanted Pests Ou ...
  • The Top Five HDTV brands
  • The Top Five Ways to Improve your Health
  • The Top Five Healthiest Choices for Breakfa ...
  • The Top Five Wedding Favors
  • The Top Five Soft Drinks
  • The Top Five Book Series for Young Adults
  • The Top Five Clues for Crossword Puzzles
  • The Top Five Steps to Home Security
  • The Top Five Ways to Turn Down a Job Offer
  • The Top Five Movies of All Time
  • The Top Five Steps on How to Save Money
  • The Top Five Knock Knock Jokes
  • The Top Five Signs that You are in Love
  • The Top Five Foods to Avoid when Trying to ...
  • The Top Five Presidents of the United State ...
  • The Top Five PGA Golfers
  • The Top Five Websites for Photographers
  • The Top Five Movies With a Twist
  • The Top Five Most Influential Sports Figure ...
  • The Top Five Reason to Rent
  • The Top Five Spyware Removal Systems
  • The Top Five Carpet Cleaning Tips
  • The Top Five Websites for Discount Vacation ...
  • The Top Five Reasons to Vote During Electio ...
  • The Top Five Websites for Music
  • The Top Five People you Would Want to Meet
  • The Top Five Financial Mistakes People Make ...
  • The Top Five Funniest People
  • The Top Five Items you Can’t Live Without
  • The Top Five Outdoor Activities
  • The Top Five Car Maintenance Checklist
  • The Top Five Ways to Avoid Unemployment
  • The Top Five Computers for College Students ...
  • The Top Five Pets you Should Own
  • The Top Five Cartoons for Toddlers
  • The Top Five Career Moves for Teachers
  • The Top Five Candle Scents for Summer Time
  • The Top Five Facts About the Sun
  • The Top Five Sources for Vitamin D
  • The Top Five Photo Editing Websites
  • The Top Five Must See Events in Las Vegas
  • The Top Five Places to Buy Electronics
  • The Top Five Stresses of Home Ownership
  • The Top Five Planets in the Solar System
  • The Top Five Tax Mistakes People Commonly M ...
  • The Top Five Video Games
  • The Top Five Ways to Improve your Resume
  • The Top Five Bedroom Decorating Ideas
  • The Top Five Greatest NBA Players of All Ti ...
  • The Top Five Smart Phones of the Year
  • The Top Five Universities for MBA
  • The Top Five Ways to Update your Home Witho ...
  • The Top Five Luxury Cars
  • The Top Five Ways to Workout your Upper Bod ...
  • The Top Five Budget Mistakes Most People Ma ...
  • The Top Five Schools for Business Managemen ...
  • The Top Five States to Live In
  • The Top Five Healthy Recipes
  • The Top Five Places to Get a Student Loan
  • The Top Five Prom Dresses
  • The Top Five Quotes to Live by
  • The Top Five Ways to Earn Money Online
  • The Top Five Creative Ways to Announce a Pr ...
  • The Top Five Health Insurance Companies
  • The Top Five Golfing Tips
  • The Top Five Superheroes
  • The Top Five Commercials
  • The Top Five Unhealthy Foods for Dogs 
  • The Top Five Funniest Movies Ever
  • The Top Five Ways to Prevent Skin Cancer
  • The Top Five Safest Cities in America
  • The Top Five Foods For an Upset Stomach 
  • The Top Five Home Improvement Tips for Sell ...
  • The Top Five Michael Jackson Songs
  • The Top Five Tips for Newlyweds
  • The Top Five Free Places for Veterans to Ea ...
  • The Top Five Foods That Help you Lose Weigh ...
  • The Top Five Places to get a Free Credit Re ...
  • The Top Five Ways to Stay in Shape
  • The Top Five Professions
  • The Top Five Overseas Bed and Breakfast Sto ...
  • The Top Five Pasta Recipes
  • The Top Five Songs About Love
  • The Top Five Educational Websites for Kids
  • The Top Five Ways to Keep your Lawn Green
  • The Top Five Diet Pills
  • The Top Five Five Music Genres
  • The Top Five Healthiest Snacks
  • The Top Five Card Games for Four Players
  • The Top Five Tips on How to Make Money Onli ...
  • The Top Five Places to Find Cheap Books
  • The Top Five Inventions That Changed the Wo ...
  • The Top Five Tips for Planting a Garden
  • The Top Five Candy Bars With Peanut Butter
  • The Top Five Tips for Healthy Blood Pressur ...
  • The Top Five Simple Smart Phones
  • The Top Five Ideas for Anniversary Gifts
  • The Top Five Car Seat Safety Tips
  • The Top Five Most Trusted Cars
  • The Top Five Websites for Artists
  • The Top Five Places to Retire
  • The Top Five Cell Phones Under 50 Dollars
  • The Top Five Steps on How to Make a Website ...
  • The Top Five Traditional Thanksgiving Dishe ...
  • The Top Five Advice for New Moms
  • The Top Five Reasons Smoking is Bad
  • The Top Five Reasons to Invest in Running S ...
  • The Top Five Ways to Invest in Real Estate
  • The Top Five Xbox 360 Kinect Games for Exer ...
  • The Top Five Online Social Networks
  • The Top Five Home Air Purifiers
  • The Top Five Things to See in Dallas Texas
  • The Top Five California Landmarks
  • The Top Five Youtube Videos for 2010 
  • The Top Five Restaurants
  • The Top Five Funniest Websites
  • The Top Five Jewelry Stores
  • The Top Five Most Influential Speeches
  • The Top Five Hair Removal Options
  • The Top Five Days During the Year
  • The Top Five Helpful Hints to Get Pregnant  ...
  • The Top Five Online Gaming Sites
  • The Top Five Harry Potter Movies
  • The Top Five Creative Ways to Ask a Girl to ...
  • The Top Five Ways to Earn Money as a Colleg ...
  • The Top Five Ways to Get a Phone Number
  • The Top Five Songs About Texas
  • The Top Five Vacation Spots
  • The Top Five Fast Food Restaurants
  • The Top Five Cities to Live in
  • The Top Five Rules for a Strong Relationshi ...
  • The Top Five Nuts that go in Salad
  • The Top Five Motivational Speakers
  • The Top Five Places for Kids Birthday Parti ...
  • The Top Five Wedding Themes
  • The Top Five New York Hotels
  • The Top Five Reasons you Should Play Fantas ...
  • The Top Five Board Games for Groups
  • The Top Five Places to Find Crazy Video Cli ...
  • The Top Five TV Shows of All Time
  • The Top Five Ways to Save Money
  • The Top Five Hair Products Women Must Have
  • The Top Five Places for Discount Furniture ...
  • The Top Five Skills Needed for a Career in ...
  • The Top Five iPhone Apps
  • The Top Five Things to do Before your 60 Ye ...
  • The Top Five Candle Scents for Winter 
  • The Top Five Teeth Whitening Tips
  • The Top Five Mistakes Parents Make With Kid ...
  • The Top Five Gaming Consoles
  • The Top Five Designer Shoe Brands for Women ...
  • The Top Five Causes of Road Rage
  • The Top Five Shampoos
  • The Top Five Healthy Meals For Under 5 Doll ...
  • The Top Five Business Marketing Tips
  • The Top Five Pasta Recipes for Kids
  • The Top Five 4th of July Party Ideas
  • The Top Five Online Flower Delivery Compani ...
  • The Top Five Tips for Staying Positive
  • The Top Five Clothing Lines for Modest Clot ...
  • The Top Five Walt Disney Movies
  • The Top Five Holidays
  • The Top Five Wedding Gowns
  • The Top Five NFL Football Stadiums With A D ...
  • The Top Five Dog Breeds for Kids
  • The Top Five Ways to Relieve Stress
  • The Top Five Hair Products
  • The Top Five Reasons For Leaving a Job
  • The Top Five Places to Find a Job
  • The Top Five Steps on How to Potty Train Yo ...
  • The Top Five Attractions in the USA
  • The Top Five Funniest Movies For Kids
  • The Top Five Websites for Kids
  • The Top Five Places to Mountain Bike
  • The Top Five Chicken Recipes
  • The Top Five Healthiest Fruits
  • The Top Five Ways to Get a Loan
  • The Top Five Auto Insurance Companies
  • The Top Five Bealtes Songs beatles songs Wr ...
  • The Top Five Foods for Diabetics
  • The Top Five Steps on How to Get a Date
  • The Top Five Wedding Websites
  • The Top Five Ways to Keep Track of Spending ...
  • The Top Five Things to do at Disneyland
  • The Top Five Job Opportunities for People W ...
  • The Top Five Items you Never want to Lose
  • The Top Five Xbox 360 Games
  • The Top Five Vitamins for Hair Growth
  • The Top Five Things you Should Not do in an ...
  • The Top Five Country Singers of All Time
  • The Top Five Ways to Cope With Stress
  • The Top Five Most Hated Celebrities
  • The Top Five Books to Read This Year
  • The Top Five Sporting Events
  • The Top Five Ways to Stop Smoking
  • The Top Five Places to See in the World
  • The Top Five Makeup Tips for Teens
  • The Top Five Baby Bags for Moms
  • The Top Five Things I've Learned from Britt ...
  • The Top Five Talk Shows on TV
  • The Top Five Google Apps
  • The Top Five Ways to Find Cheap Flights Onl ...
  • The Top Five Tips for New Businesses
  • The Top Five Nascar Drivers
  • The Top Five Steps to Internet Security
  • The Top Five Places to get French Fries
  • The Top Five Places to Live
  • The Top Five Tips for New Parents
  • The Top Five Five Smart Phones
  • The Top Five Paint Colors for a Home
  • The Top Five Quotes From the Movie Elf
  • The Top Five Steps on How to Avoid Credit C ...
  • The Top Five Books for the Kindle
  • The Top Five Movies of 2010
  • The Top Five Designer Handbags
  • The Top Five Funniest Jokes
  • The Top Five Ways to Get a Grant
  • The Top Five Dessert Recipes
  • The Top Five Ways to Build Muscle