Don’t Allow Vacations to Derail Your Food Diary
Many people don’t take their food diaries on vacation. Most of those people never restart their food diaries once they return home.
Don’t allow vacations to disrupt your food diary, and don’t allow your food diary to disrupt your vacation.
Avoid using these excuses for abandoning your food diary during a holiday:
1) “I won’t have time to write to write everything down.”
2) “I know I’m going to overeat, so why bother?”
3) “I just don’t want to know how much I am eating on vacation.”
Excuse #1 No Time
Depending on the nature of your vacation, this may be an excuse or or it may have some basis in reality. But remember, the no-time excuse is the same excuse people to avoid food diaries in the first place.
Most people have MORE time on vacation. Will you be lying on a beach? Will you be lingering in a cafe? Will you be in a hotel room without all your usual gadgets? These are perfect times to update your food diary.
Lack of time should not be an excuse when documenting your daily consumption takes no more than five or ten minutes.
On vacation, you might temporarily change the detail level of your food diaries. Even if you fall to Level 1 or 2, you have not failed and it will be easier to get back to normal once you return home.
Excuse #2: I Know I Will Overeat
This excuse plays on the typical feeling that if the news is bad news, you don’t want to know. Accept that you are going to overeat on vacation. Make quantifying, not judging your task.
If you are digging into the bowl of mixed nuts at the Tiki Bar, just take relatively uniform handfuls and count as you go.
Yes, count them. Just counting what you eat non-judgmentally will give you a measure of control. If all counting means is you stop at four or five handfuls rather than draining the bowl, you have shown some restraint. Be satisfied with this small measure of restraint.
Excuse #3: I Don’t Want to Know the Damage
Perfectionists only want to complete a task when the outcome is what they want. Not wanting to know the caloric damage is what makes a person unable to start a food journal in the first place. If you have overcome this hurdle and started a food diary in the first place, don’t let THIS be the excuse that thwarts you during vacation.
Use your journal as a gastronomical travelogue during this period. Jot down where you were, what you ate, who you were with and make it a happy memory.
You will not have broken the number one rule of keeping a Food Diary and the ultimate goal of weight control. Do not stop.