2018 is half a month old – which means so is my resolution to be more mindful of what I eat and to look after myself better.
A couple of years ago I discovered the Whole30 approach to food and I gave it a whirl – 30 days of eliminating sugar, grains, gluten, alcohol, legumes and dairy from my diet. I ended up learning how to prepare fresh meat, seafood, vegetables and fruit in delicious ways. I pretty much gave up my dependence on bread, developed the taste for black coffee, got a huge energy boost and lost twenty pounds.
Then I got lazy again and undid all my good work.
SO since 2018 started on a Monday, which means that I can track the date and the plan simultaneously on the calendar without having to do any adding up, AND since I am eager again to experience the energy benefits, not to mention to fit into my clothes better, I was inspired to give whole30 another go this month.
And it’s going very very well.
I’ve just moved into Tiger Blood phase. Energy is high, I feel positive, optimistic, and hugely inspired.
And inspiration is key. I want to feel full of energy. I want to feel comfortable in my clothes. I love the feeling of mindfully planning my meals and shopping for fresh ingredients that will transform into delicious dinners. I’m excited about my tastes changing, becoming more satisfied by fresh flavours rather than anaesthetised by the Sugar Dragon.
Plus I love crossing the dates of the calendar. Once a journaling nerd, always a journaling nerd.
On one level keeping a food journal to count calories and stay in control of our diet is a recognised successful weight loss strategy.
However, research also shows that there is a deeper implication for weight loss by writing expressively about the things that are important to us.
In a paper published earlier this year Christine Logel of Renison University College at the University of Waterloo described how the way we think about ourselves is important to our sense of self-integrity, and this triggers greater control over our eating habits. For example comfort eating and snacking become less prevalent.
The paper (reference below) describes a study demonstrating how a population of female, overweight university students who were guided through writing about the values that are most important to them were found to lose on average 3.41 pounds over a 6 month period. The control group, who were asked to write about a value that might be important to someone else, gained on average 2.76 pounds over the same period.
Article reference: Association for Psychological Science (2012, January 4). Exercise is good for your waistline — but it’s a writing exercise. ScienceDaily. Retrieved December 1, 2012, from http://www.sciencedaily.com /releases/2012/01/120104134811.htm
You may have guessed by now that I’m quite fanatical about how journal writing can change your life. As well as helping you think clearly, keep track of important ideas and projects, relax and tease out your creative side, journal writing also has a number of other benefits.
Here are some more reasons why I believe journal writing is just PERFECT:
- Promotes self-healing
- Enables weight-loss
- Reveals the deep-seated intelligence of our bodies
- Forges greater links between the hemispheres of our brain
- Encourages calmer moods
- Coaxes out our human joy in playing
- Transforms our relationship with time
(See what I did there?)
Over the next few posts I’ll be commenting in more detail on each of these amazing benefits – so be sure to check back soon!