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Keeping A Food Journal

Keeping A Food Journal

I currently keep a food journal and I have all my coaching clients keep food journals as well.  I don’t do this to track calories, macros, or food amounts as they are not things that I feel are important or necessary.

Food Journaling is to provide more of an insight in to what we eat, why we eat it, and how it makes us feel.  Along with logging how we slept and what our bathroom habits are like.  Yes I went there.  Yes I feel that is important because it can provide insight into how our bodies handle different food items.

Keeping a log of what we eat can help on so many levels but there are three that I feel stand out the most.

1. It Helps Us Stay On Track

Perhaps you’re just starting out on a new healthy lifestyle journey or maybe you have set a goal for yourself.  By keeping track of our daily eats and habits this can help us stay on track and reach our goals.  You will have a visual of how you did that day and how it made you feel.  It provides a way for us to stay focused and work towards our goals, whatever they may be.

2. It Helps Us Spot Intolerances

Because you now have a daily log of what you’re eating, you can flip through and see if you notice any patterns. Food intolerances are varied and not the same for everyone.  You might notice that every time you have cheese you break out on your chin.  Or you sleep poorly that night.  Or you get a headache later in the day.  Journaling is a way for us to physically see how food effects us which then allows us to create an action plan to address it (if we so choose).

3. It Helps Us Be More Mindful

Of our eating and our daily habits.  By journaling, we learn more about the way our bodies handle food and stress, as a result we tend to become more mindful of what we put into our bodies and how we choose to live our lives.  Life tends to become a little clear and more focused when we have dialed in our nutrition and can help reduce the stress in our lives.

I love keeping a food journal.  It’s a no judgement zone.  It’s not meant to make us feel guilty about what we eat or to put pressure on us to eat a certain way.  It’s a learning tool.  Journaling helps us work through any issues we might be facing and paints a clearer picture of the situation allowing us to create a plan to address it.

Have you ever thought about keeping a food journal?  Perhaps you should give it a try and see how it goes!  Just give yourself a goal of doing a food journal for 7 days.  That’s not too long and after 7 days you can see if you want to keep going with it.

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Life Currently

Salad with a mahi mahi burger and smoothieThe radio silence around here is because Scott and I are working hard on launching a beer related site along with getting a podcast up and running.  It pretty much has my whole attention at this point.  Summer is also jam packed with beer events that we have been covering and attending as well.  Our beer life is super busy at the moment.  Not that I’m complaining!  But life is a little hectic right now.

I have not been out for a run since I decided to take some time off from it.  The weather has been amazing lately and finally free of rain so I’m really bummed that I’m missing out on these glorious mornings.

I’m back to doing Max 30 when I don’t get sucked in to doing website stuff.  Sometimes it has been taking up my whole day and my workout slides.  I’m at a point where I need to take my own advice and start scheduling the workouts into my day like an appointment so I don’t miss out.

Eats have been going strong.  You can follow me on instagram to see the meals we have.  I am sticking to a mostly primal diet with the occasional gluten free bread.  I have also been experimenting with adding oats back into rotation to see how my body reacts.  So far the results are inconclusive at the moment.  I have had bites of a few gluteny things here and there.  One or two bites and I’m done.  Usually the item isn’t worth me dealing with bloat and insomnia to keep going.

I’m also starting to keep a food journal which is something I’ll be talking about fully in another post.  It’s something that I feel is crucial when starting a healthy lifestyle.  I have all my health coaching clients keep food journals as well.

This is life currently!  Don’t worry, I’ll be back soon because I have lots to talk about plus several reviews to share as well.

Tell me what life is like on your end!

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Running Is On The Back Burner, Again

Fort Collins Trail

I haven’t said much about this because I was actually hoping it would just go away.  But it hasn’t and now it’s time to address the situation.

I have been having trouble with running and it’s an issue that has reared it’s ugly head again.  Back in 2011 I was having a problem with my right hip hurting after a run.  Not the joint, but a muscle or tendon or something.  I went to PT for it and everything.  They couldn’t pinpoint what the issue was, gave me a few exercises I could do and sent me on my way.  I eventually gave up running when we moved here because I was struggling with elevation not hip problems.

Fast forward to now, I’ve been running for a few months at this point and my hip is back to being a problem.  Not only my right hip but my left as well.  The right being the worst.  It doesn’t hurt during runs only after and it hurts a lot.

It hurts to walk and especially to go up stairs when I have to put a lot of weight on that side.  It even hurts to touch the area.  The pain will last for several days after a run.

I can’t even tell you how much this pisses me off because all I want to do is be a runner again.

Is it a shoe issue?  Is it because I’m running on trails with uneven footing?  I don’t know and I really don’t want to have to go to PT again because I didn’t think it helped the first time around.

Stretching and foam rolling are a part of my routine and it helps some but not completely.

For now, I think that I have to put running on the back burner.  Again.  And focus on some other exercises to help build up some strength in my legs and core.

At least this is what I’m hoping is going to help.  I’m going to focus on that for about a month and try running again to see how it goes.  Then keep the days that I run to a minimum while still focusing on strength and other cardio workouts.

That’s the plan anyway, fingers crossed it works!

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June Goals

Pineridge trail It’s a brand new month which means it’s time to revisit goals from last month and set some new goals for this month.

May goals, on paper, look pretty simple and straightforward; run more and add in strength training.

I failed at both of those but part of it wasn’t my fault.  I’m blaming mother nature for some!

May was a ridiculously wet month.  It was raining all the time which caused the trails to be flooded out which meant no running for me.

Could I have run around my neighborhood?  I suppose but trails are a little easier on the joints while cement makes my knees ache like crazy.  So unfortunately I didn’t get to run nearly as much as I would have liked and I didn’t get a chance to work up to more mileage.

I also didn’t do strength training nearly as much as I should have.  I did a few workouts here and there but nothing substantial.

For June I’m sticking with the previous goals.  The weather is starting to clear up and it isn’t as raining nearly as much and a lot of the trails are back to being open.

It’s also time to kick exercise back into high gear.  I’m at the halfway mark for my weight loss goals and I’m looking to be at my happy weight by this fall.  I won’t be able to do that if I don’t kick up my exercising just a big.

Two goals for this month are:

Run as much as I can and to focus more on strength training again.  I have a lot of professional goals as well (Scott and I are working on some fun stuff for Beer Fort Collins) but for lifestyle goals right now these are the main two.

How about you?  Do you have any exercise or healthy lifestyle goals you are trying to hit this month?

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Cherry Simple Syrup

Cherry Simple Syrup

My friend, Lori, over at Fake Food Free posted a picture on her instagram recently of bourbon and cherries.  I loved the idea so much that I started playing around with bourbon and cherries myself.

I had some cherries that were a little bruised and a little soft that needed used up.  I decided to try and make a simple syrup with them that can be used to flavor drinks.

The result is a glorious red colored simple syrup that can be used in everything from mixed drinks to flavoring seltzer water.

Andrea’s Cherry Simple Syrup

  • 1/2C Water
  • 1/2C Natural Cane Sugar (Can use palm sugar or honey here)
  • 1/2 pound Cherries, pits and stems removed

In a medium sized sauce pot add the sugar and water.  Over medium heat bring up to a simmer and stir until the sugar is dissolved into the water.  Then add the cherries, simmer for 5 minutes.  Turn off heat but leave pot on the burner.

Allow the mixture to cool for about 5-7 minutes.  Pour entire mixture into a blender and blend until smooth.

Using a fine mesh strainer, strain the syrup into a glass jar or bottle.

Shake before using.  Will keep in the fridge for up to two weeks.  Makes 1 Cup of syrup.

I love the color of this syrup!  Feel free to switch up the fruits, you can do this with blueberries, blackberries, or raspberries as well!

We’ve been using this in mixed drinks with bourbon and also making some cherry lime margaritas.  It’s really easy to make and will be a hit in your household!

You can also keep it kid friendly by adding it to plain or lime seltzer for a little fun treat.

Have fun guys, and remember, always play with your food!  Enjoy!