My weight loss progress has, quite frankly, sucked so far, and though I do plan on sharing everything I’ve been doing, today I’m just going to point you toward my latest weight loss scheme. That Husband has been urging me to start calorie counting again, but I’m too obsessive to only do it halfway, and I’m not willing to give up part of my blogging time in order to do it.
Enter That Food Diary. I wanted to come up with a system that would force me to eat more mindfully without my old system of meticulous calorie counting, and this new blog of mine is an attempt to do so. The premise is simple, I’ve committed to take a picture of everything I put in my mouth. Big meals, eating out, dining with friends, snacking… it doesn’t matter where I am or what the situation is I need to take a picture of it before it goes in my mouth, preferably of the exact portion that I consume. The groomsmen at the wedding I shot on Friday thought I was completely crazy when I whipped out my phone and took a picture of the cake before I ate it.
I’ve turned comments off because this isn’t meant to be a chance for people to analyze and comment on my nutrition choices. If you have suggestions for changes that you think I would benefit from, I encourage you to email me. I figured those who are just being critical aren’t very likely to take the time to write an email AND if I don’t like what you say I’ll just delete it.
So far the system has been working really well. Yesterday when I wanted to eat my feelings? I chose to abstain because I didn’t want to take a picture of it. Hopefully over time you’ll see my diet change a bit as well, as I focus on finding ways to cook with less meat and eat more local and in-season foods.
Who knows if anyone will actually read, but I know That Husband is, and just the thought of having anyone check in to see what I’m eating should be enough to keep me consuming mindfully.
Jessica suggested I add a “like” feature to my posts which I’ve added at the bottom of each post. I’ve also had several requests for recipes. When a post gets a lot of likes I’ll go back and add in a recipe link or details on what’s included in the dish. I’ll also post recipes when I get emails or comments on That Wife asking for them (when I have them). I’m excited that so many people are interested in this! It’s really motivated to think that more than TH and myself will be glancing at it. The recipe for the Coconut Avocado Ice Cream has been added here if you’d like to bookmark it.