New year, new you! That’s pretty much how everyone starts their year. After the festive season, in the midst of winter when there are no limitations and only pure enjoyments, that’s to be expected. Come January, everyone is either hitting the gym or starting a new diet. But the only real way to achieve your goals and become a “new you” is to track your meals – and your calories.
Luckily, I’ve recently been gifted a Food Journal by Box Clever Press, and it honestly couldn’t have come at a better time. I was also on the “new you” trend and started the year with Veganuary. I did it two years ago and, since I wasn’t feeling great health-wise, decided it was time to try it again.
Box Clever Press Food Journal: All You Need
Starting a vegan diet (or any diet, really) can often mean that you’re not getting all your nutrients and not consuming enough calories. The Box Clever Press food journal has amazing features, which makes it easier to keep track of all of this. The only thing you have to do is keep the journal with you at all times. It helps that it’s pretty and feels great with its soft embossed cover.
Step 1: Your Targets
To start, simply write down your milestones, targets, and goals. Take all your measurements and jot those down as well. Progress is best tracked with body measurements and not the mere numbers on the scale, as the latter fluctuates according to water retention, fat loss, muscle gain, and etcetera.
Step 2: Caloric Intake
Next, choose your desired daily caloric intake – that is, your allowance. Each page has a section for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and, of course, snacks. Fill in everything you ate, as well as the number of calories, and add them up as you go. Product packaging can be helpful for this. And there’s always Google! Be mindful of keeping calories within your target. That’s where self-control needs to kick in – something I personally still struggle with at times.
Step 3: Exercise
Tracking your exercise is just as vital as it’s always about calories in versus calories out. Easy ways to do this include using your desired tracker (aka Fitbit) or hooking up your exercise apps to your Apple Health or Android Fit. And, of course, never underestimate the good ol’ gym equipment.
Step 4: Hydration
Another vital element is water. Keeping hydrated is essential if you want to reach your goals. And, yes, the Box Clever Press food journal helps with this as well. At the bottom of each page, you can simply colour-in water droplets for each glass of water you had – fun! I tend to play hydration catch-up in the evenings, but don’t forget to keep count throughout the day!
Step 5: Five-A-Day
Finally, getting your five portions of fruit and veg each day can be hard too. But the food journal has a section to track this too. They really did think of everything you’d need, and tracking all of the above elements will make sure you stay on top of your goals.
As you fill out the pages and the days go by, you will eventually reach the weekly summary section, which makes it easier to track the weeks rather than the individual days. Remember, you’re working on long-term health goals here, not quick fixes.
Personally, it’s been very helpful for me to make sure I’m getting enough calories in on my new plant-based diet. I didn’t realise how much more I was “allowed” to eat – #winning! No limitations on them greens!
So, if you want to join me in living a better 2020, go get your food journal and make it about the journey – it’s not only about the final destination. Every bite matters.
Written by Kassandra Bruni
Article Date: February 2020
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