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How to Survive BBQ Season? Be a Foto-Food Journalist.

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A Picture IS Worth a Thousand Words (and can miraculously remove 3 ounces of excess weight) by Janice Taylor, Beliefnet Blogger.
Food journaling keeps us honest. It helps us to keep track of what we eat and identify when and why we eat. In other words, keeping a food journal can shed light on our eating habits. Statistics show that those who keep food journals are more successful at losing weight and keeping it off (permanent fat removal) than those who do not.
Early on (nine years ago), at the beginning of my permanent fat removal journey, I wondered how illuminating it might be if I photographed everything (and I mean everything) that I ate. From full-course meals to bites, licks and tastes. Would I eat less? Be more honest? Gain a different kind of insight that journal writing doesn’t provide?
What did I learn about myself, and my (dysfunctional) relationship with food? Plenty!
1. I am a multi-tasker, extraordinaire! I can eat and read; eat and talk; eat and watch TV.
2. I am a grazer. I eat all day long.
3. I love being a FOTO FOOD JOURNALIST. Hooray! Another fabulous thing to add to my resume!
ADDED BONUS: Snapping your food instead of eating it is a mindful eating tool extraordinaire. It provides a ‘pause.’ A moment or two or even three for you to ask yourself, “Do I really want to eat that???”
I invite YOU to grab your camera … digital, disposable or analog (the old fashioned kind) and see your habits, your food, your weighs in black and white or color!
Supplies: Camera; food
Instructions: Photograph everything you eat. Don’t concern yourself with what other people think. If you’re out with friends or at an important business meeting, I am sure all will be impressed with your artistic and creative nature! Just tell them, “I am a Foto Food Journalist.”
When you get the photos back from the lab or download them onto your computer, take a good look and make a list of things that you’ve learned about yourself.
You might be surprised to see how healthy your eating habits are … or not!
Above all, just have FUN.
Spread the word … NOT the icing!
Janice

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  • Your NameSusan S

    Janice,
    Fabulous idea! I was wondering what new task to add this month to assist in permanent fat removal. Now where did I put that camera?
    Already ate breakfast…this is going to be so much fun!!

  • Sue

    Wow, what a fun idea for those people who are visual.
    I can tell you that I have found writing down what I eat invaluable in shedding pounds–and it got even easier once I started doing it computerized so I could see where I was in the day versus how many calories were left in the day’s allotment.
    If you eat a burger and fries, that’s over half the calories for the day and not much in the way of filling…. I have to eat healthy to have enough volume for satisfaction. I’ve grown to love things like yogurt, berries and 1/3 serving cereal and a few almonds for breakfast… soups for lunch… And if I eat 50-60% of my calories in breakfast, lunch and snack(s), there are still plenty of calories for a reasonable dinner!
    I love how you talk about permanent fat removal. It’s a process for sure!

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