Many people eat more often when they’re feeling lonely, depressed, frustrated, bored and mad than when they are truly hungry. In fact, some people can go years without ever feeling hungry because they eat constantly. Food is their best friend. So, I’m going to show you how you can dump that “friend,” and make journaling your new best friend.
In fact, just like a supportive friend who will never leave your side, a journal will change your life because it:
- Helps you stay on a healthy diet
- Helps you focus on your patterns
- Gives you accountability
- It increases your self-awareness
- It reduces your stress
- It’s a quiet place to work through your struggles
- It gives you peace of mind
- It’s a judgment-free zone
If You Fail To Plan, You Plan To Fail
Whether you’re on a diet or not, if you fail to plan, you plan to fail. The people who plan ahead and visualize what they want have far greater success—and this is especially true for dieters.
Studies have shown that dieters who are journal-writers lose more weight than those who aren’t. The American Journal of Preventive Medicine published one such revealing study, which included 1,685 overweight or obese people, ages 25 and older. For 6 months, they kept journals. After six months, they lost about twice as much weight as those who didn’t have a journal or had one but only wrote in it one day a week or less.
It has also been shown that using a journal to write about traumatic or stressful events and your deepest feelings and emotions boosts your emotional and physical health and sense of well-being. This is especially true for men because they often tend to keep things bottled up.
Journaling provides an excellent outlet to let go of those things that are bothering or worrying us.
You Plan Out Your Schedule, But Do You Plan Out Your Meals?
Now you may think planning out your meals for the next day is too much trouble and that it isn’t necessary, but does that really work for you?
Murphy’s Law states: “Anything that can go wrong, will go wrong.” And many times, it can go so horribly wrong, so horribly fast, if you do not plan.
You don’t have begin journaling forever unless you want to; however, by using it in the beginning you’ll be able to gain total control over your habits. By taking just a few minutes each day to work with this journal, you’ll be making the habit of healthy living integral to your everyday life.
Each night, I want you to start journaling what you plan to eat the next day. Don’t do it on the same day, because I want you to focus on what you intend to do.
Then the next day you can write down if you followed through or not. If you didn’t, I want you to pay attention to when you were weakest, why you didn’t follow through, and what the obstacles were. You’ll start to see a pattern. Notice what it’s telling you.
Your pattern shapes you into the kind of person you are. Think about it.
I designed The Omni Health Revolution Daily Journal to help you stay motivated and on track toward achieving all your goals. It’s divided into six sections, with two weeks in each of these three phases that I outline in The Omni Diet. Each weekly section provides a brief summary of the highlighted step for that week that will help you lose excess weight, improve your energy, have better digestion, have glowing skin, and exude radiant health.