Track this!

Diet is an incredible thing. It can change your whole world. If your diabetic you know this very well....Ive tried all kinds of eating habits trying to figure out what is the best solution to my body. What keeps me thin and fit, what works best for concentration and endurance. 

One book ive really enjoyed was the four hour body by Tim ferris. It confirmed some things ive been doing for years intuitively and Tim also gave me some insight into perfecting what my body needs. The biggest thing i cant stress enough of is tracking. Tracking what you are doing over a period of time to see what the results actually say. One thing we do really really well as humans is make assumptions. Assumptions are not always a bad thing...but they are often wrong or skewed. Looking back on something in hindsight is the worst way to gather info. We have access to all this new knowledge we didnt when we were doing X, and now we have made an assumption about it. So coming up with the best diet plan for ourselves needs to be done systematically. And it doesn't have to be rocket science. If you want a fast track to being thin and fit and dont want to put much effort in just buy Tims book. It does work...no doubt ive tried it. But i figured out that i am a psychological eater. Big time!!! Screw a restricted diet, i cant handle it. I want chocolate when i want it! 

Here are my eating habits that can be adopted by anyone any time for optimal health and wellness without sticking to a diet plan.  

  • Drink at least 3 litres of water a day. Sounds like a lot but its not really. if you have a drinking bottle that is 500mls thats 6 of those a day. Have 2 first thing in the morning....the rest are easy. And remember water is the fountain of youth....
  • Dont over eat....i cant stress this enough. Be conscious of what you are eating. Chew your food thoroughly, taste what your eating, enjoy it. Or portion control your meal. If its so good you want to eat more dont. Save it for lunch or a snack for later on. Or if thats too much just over eat a little. Remember these suggestions are for the psychological eater. Find a way to not over eat or not much but still get that emotional feeling of food met. 
  • No empty calorie drinks....well very few. No pop. No lattes. No fancy drinks. No juice. If you wanna get a Starbucks or Timmies, get a plain coffee, or an Americano, or a tea of some sort. But those fancy coffees and drinks are about 300-500 calories each. At one a day five days a week thats about 2000 calories a week of nothing. You will have to run over 10k to burn that off or 6 hours or more of walking......So just say NO to fancy drinks. Means less time in the gym...
  • Limit your alcohol consumption. Drinking is fun, lets be honest, but it has a tone of bad side effects. I dont even need to discuss this. So limit your drinking. It wont kill you....
  • Eat simple whole foods. Not as easy as it sounds. We are bombarded with tones of snacks and cereals options and salad dressings, meats, new recipe's  etc etc. Keep your food as simple and close to the original form. Roasted chicken and potatoes, add garlic and a bit of oil and salt. Thats it! Soooo goood. Food doesn't have to be complicated. Keep your fancy dinners to twice a week. All that fancy stuff adds up like those fancy drinks...more empty calories. Eat simply and if possible eat the same things as often as possible. Just add something that you love to each meal. Its easier that way. I have oatmeal probably 5 days a week. I have for years. I add real maple syrup to it though.....yum...i love oatmeal :) 
  • Dont snack. You heard me. No chips, no crackers, no donuts or muffins, pasties whatever. If your hungry eat. Figure out the difference before you grab for a snack. One of the most important things we can do is be conscious of when we eat and why. Know the difference before you grab that snack. If you are then grabbing it for that psychological need then do it. Don't denie yourself. Just know the difference. I have a snack almost every day, a cookie or something that goes with my black coffee ( with 5 sugars ) every afternoon. Yup...mmmm....i love my snack. And i get grumpy if i dont get it. But guaranteed its one cookie......
  • Binge once a week. Yup, bingeing isnt bad unless you do it every day.....but dont deny yourself. This is a psychological eating game. Binge baby binge!!  I still eat regularly in the morning and afternoon. But the rest of the day i eat whatever. Oooo that afternoon when i have my cookie...i have 5! And sometimes i overeat twice a week. Lets be honest.....but i guarantee im conscious of it.

All these guidelines are awesome but remember to experiment with yourself to find what works for you. And track what your doing...."oh i dont really eat empty calories". Ok, but if were being honest here, we all eat empty calories at some time. So just track for 2 weeks at the end of everyday what you ate that was empty calories. A bag of chips, a snack, fancy coffee, whatever. Track it and see. Then make adjustments to your daily routine if needed. Then do that with the next habit you want to change to feel better. Whats your day like if you drink 1 litre of water first thing then 2 more through out the day. Track it. Do you sleep better, are you concentrating more, snacking less? I know if i drink 2 coffees first thing in the morning ( after my water ) i dont feel as good as if i have one in the morning and one in the afternoon. Seems silly, but it makes a big difference in my day. Not everyone is going to feel the same but you wont know unless you tack it. Assumptions are easy, there's no effort. But they aren't real. By tracking something we get the real facts. Not always what we want to see or hear but its the only way to have a healthy happy life. And dont get complicated! Tracking stuff should be fun. I make it a game now. I make my assumption, then track it and usually laugh at myself after. Silly rabbit your wrong again!! lol Happy tracking....