I am writing this tip of the week more for me more than anything. I was an avid record keeper and food journaling fool for the first 2 years. I was so curious about what my body was doing and learned so much. But I fell into a period of lax last fall and I have had the hardest time getting back on board.
Keeping record of your numbers is so important and not just your glucose levels. Keep a copy of your lipid panel from your lab work so you can compare them every 3-6 months and see what is going on.
Keep your food journal close to the table so that you can fill it in as you are eating. Writing it down often helps (or at least it does for me) keep you from taking that little extra serving. In my peak, my journal included fats, calories, carbs, proteins, and fiber. These were the things I was watching and I had goals set by my doctor and myself to reach. Numbers don't lie. Record what you want and what you are going to use to educate you about your body.
You can't keep record if you don't measure. Measure your food portions, measure your exercise time, measure your weight, and measure your emotions. All of these kinds of things are part of your record keeping that make the whole picture more clear. I even had a place for weather conditions. That also is part of what affects us in our general well being.
Experiment and write it down. Experiment over a determined period of time. A one time experiment is not going to tell you everything. So unless it was a horrible recipe or caused an injury in exercise, conduct your experiment for a week or more to get a pattern. Keep those records very tight so you can learn about yourself.
Averaging your records. You may have one really bad day, but when you take your numbers and average them out over the week, you may just be pleasantly surprised. Then when you average your month, you can take pride and when you average your quarter, you may have a better understanding of why you have the A1c that you have. It is like weighing yourself every day. That is horrible! It will make you crazy. You want to look at averages, as they keep a more accurate look at what you are doing.
All of this help you see what works, what doesn't. This also helps your doctor see what is going on. I used to take my journals in to show my doctor. He never really looked too hard at them, but at least he had access to what I was doing.
So now that I have laid this all out, I need to get my notebook all set up again. If you don't know where else to start, try using our 21 Days Guide. Even if you only do one thing, start a good habit. It can really make a difference.
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