Should you be logging your food?
No doubt, data is king. Without it, we’re just guessing. But is logging your food the missing key to your ultimate health? Orrrr could it cause more problems?
The best part about 1:1 coaching is helping my clients apply ONLY the actions they truly need. This is the difference between automated programs/templates & hiring an experienced coach. You SAVE TIME by getting a professional’s insight into what actions will bring about the results you want. If you don’t have to do alllll the things to get the results you want, why the heck would you?
Food logging is generally the very first step a nutrition coach will require of a new client. I rarely do.
Primarily because I work with busy, young professionals who…
- Have tried multiple strategies that required logging to the nth degree and are burned out (perhaps even developed some disordered eating tendencies)
- Have never logged food before (in which case it may be a big ask out the gate)
In both cases, food logging is a minor player to getting him or her the results they want. The biggest factor for them right now may simply be gaining an understanding of what foods will make them feel better. Or REDEFINING their relationship with food. Or shifting the focus entirely off of food & getting their sleep/stress sorted. Ya feel me?
Ok then…how do you know if you should be logging?
Logging May Be For You If…
- You have a balanced and healthy relationship with food. You understand that there are no good or bad foods, just ones that support your goals better than others and some that are best consumed in moderation (THIS IS ESSENTIAL)
- You consume 3-4 balanced (protein/veg/starch/fat) meals per day, 7 days per week (yeah, 7 you heard me)
- You are curious about your macronutrient (pro/carb/fat) and micronutrient (vitamins/minerals) profiles and want to see where you could optimize
- You have specific body composition goals
- You have locked down the fundamentals (stress, sleep, gut, hormones) and have stalled on desired changes