Every month I pick a few Slim & Strong participants and ask them to send me their daily food diary for a week. I usually pick the ones that have some extreme goals or the ones that struggle making a clean start. I also love those that just cannot figure out why they’re not losing fat even though they’re working their butt off.
This month I had a woman return after several months off and she has easily put on about 20 pounds. In an effort to make herself feel better, she numbed her emotions by eating and drinking. It may have made her feel better in that very moment she consumed those meals, but when she stepped on the scale (not once, but twice for confirmation the scale wasn’t broken), she realized that she had lost touch with her body quite a while ago. So, naturally, given her shocked response and her desire to reverse the damage, I ensured she’d send me her food diaries. It usually takes only 3 days of consistently clean eating to feel better, become more focused, reduce the sugar and starch cravings and to get rid of the bloated feeling associated with an overabundance of sugar, starches and processed foods.
Here’s her food diary (click to enlarge) and a few pointers I gave her. I’m sure you can figure out that her success will depend upon a lot more than just exercise and diet, right? It will come down to how she learns to handle the emotions that make her eat and drink in the first place. Unless she doesn’t tackle them, long-term changes will only happen until the next emotional roller coaster starts its ride.