21. Just Journal

Simply Living Healthy – 40 tips in 40 days

Journal.  Write it all down.  The good, the bad, the ugly.  When most people talk about journalling, they refer to emotions and goings-on in your head.  And that is highly beneficial in many ways to many people.  But here, I’m talking about being more mindful about health.  And while mental health is important, the focus of this tip is more do to with the physical.

Write down what you eat.  Every single thing.  Try it out for one week.  For one, you might find it a mental exercise come the evening…now what did I have for breakfast? Did I have a snack? Was that a double latte or triple expresso? And mental exercise is good (it promotes neuro pathways in your brain and strengthens brain connections.) But that is also not the point.

The point is to get a look, a really brutally honest look at what you consume.  We are really good at denial.  Especially when some things are so easy to forget.  So write it down so you can see exactly what you eat.  Are you getting the amount of fruits and vegetables you thought you were? Do you want to be eating that much? When are you eating (the crash and burn at 3pm?) It is an eye opening exercise.  It will even make you more mindful when you are eating; do I want to write this in my journal? Will this promote my health?

Once you’ve done it for a week, take in the data and make the changes you want to see in your world.  It’s all yours after all.

Simply Living Healthy – 40 tips in 40 days

disclaimer: This is not meant to make anyone feel bad or guilty about what they eat, only to increase awareness and mindfulness about what choices we are making.  It is not intended to be long term.  Sometimes having to write things down somehow makes them more real (as if eating them doesn’t…weird hey?) So the exercise is one in awareness.  Being more present in the moment, you make more mindful choices about your health.

post disclaimer: Maybe I should journal for my mental health…right now I’m keeping us fed (and healthy in that regard) but I’ve got the kids alone…it’s day 5 of 8 and I’m starting to go mad.  Small children outnumbering one parent for a long period is, well, unsettling.  I’m being screamed at for “hungry” despite having just fed them both green smoothie and oatmeal is cooking on the stove. Older one (who is still actually quite little and not old at all) refusing to get dressed this morning, younger one yelling randomly, not being able to communicate about what yet…I sit and wait to see what happens next.  And then an ear hurts…This is the beginning of our day.  Which started at 5am…maybe my tip today should have been about the stress relief of running….totally rethinking this blogging ahead thing! (This is also the reason I am not subjecting the past couple of blogs to my talented graphic work *insert smile and eye roll*…life is crazy here right now!)

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