It’s no secret, I’m a HUGE fan of food journaling. I’ve shared a list of food journaling apps before, but my all-time favourite app for that is MyFitnessPal <- Feel free to follow me. Anytime I’ve ever successfully lost weight or maintained my weight it’s been through food journaling. When I’m left to my own devices I gain weight. The thing is my weight loss successes have not come from the counting calories in and out part of MyFitnessPal, it’s been from the things I learned about my eating habits from MyFitnessPal and analyzing the nutrients I take in and making adjustments to my food choices.
Which brings me to the point of this post:
5 Things I Learned About My Eating Habits from MyFitnessPal
- When I’m tired I overeat.
I confuse being tired with being hungry. I also tend to crave sugar when I’m tired. Knowing this I check my sugar intake on the days I feel tired and am working on making smarter food choices on those days.
- When I run longer than 8k I become RUN-gry!
I don’t seem to have a problem managing my appetite after shorter runs, but long runs leave me hunting for food all day long. Having a protein shake after a long run seems to be helping with that.
- I crave carbs and not protein.
If I was left to my own devices I wouldn’t eat very much protein. I do like protein, but I like carbs more. When I started logging my meals I was blown away by how little protein I eat – no wonder I feel tired (and hungry) all the time!
- My iron levels are low because I don’t eat much iron.
Every time I went to have my iron levels tested they were low, I would take palifer for a while, then stop because I figured I get enough iron in my diet to maintain my iron levels… Slowly my iron levels would fall back down and I’s be back to where I started. When I started using myfitnesspal I quickly learned that I just don’t take in enough iron.
- I don’t take in enough potassium.
Potassium is important to the normal functioning of your nerves and muscles, as the sodium potassium pump in neurons and muscles creates the action potentials responsible for nervous system function and muscular contraction. In other words – we need potassium and I don’t take in enough from my normal “diet”. I have since learned through myfitnesspal that avocado has a lot of potassium in it!
With the 5 things I’ve learned about my eating habits from MyFitnessPal I’ve been able to make small adjustments to the foods that I choose to be healthier, and to manage my appetite better.
What have you learned about your eating habits from food journaling?