Usually about every quarter, I ask my clients for a food log. Some, I don’t look at based on what their goals are. Others I go over like a fine tooth comb. What am I looking for? For one, are they getting the proper nutrition at the right time of day? If Client A needs more calories for her night shift at the hospital, is she preparing herself to have energy for when she goes to work? If Client B is looking to lose weight as one of his goals, is he maxing his caloric value and not eating junk foods or empty calories. Second, is their intake matching up with what their goals are- athletic performance, weight loss, having more energy, etc.?
Every single client is different and I treat their evaluation of food logs the same way, so when a client of mine challenged me to keep a food log for myself, I was a little taken back. For one, I’m pregnant. Two, I’m a vegetarian. Three, my life is completely different than that of this client……COMPLETELY. I asked her what she looked to gain from seeing my log and her response was, “I’m running out of motivational options.”
Too many times people look for motivation from others when they need to have the motivation come from self. When we don’t hold ourselves accountable, we tend to blame others and the “outside” motivation. Food logs aren’t to be made as homework to be turned into a teacher, but for an accountability check point for oneself. If the food log doesn’t match the fitness goal, then it’s time to make a change.
Of course, I didn’t let the challenge go. Here is a snap shot of a pregnant, vegetarian, personal trainer’s food log 😉
An inside look into my refrigerator and pantry!
Pln oatmeal w almond milk and tsp real maple syrup/coffee
Chobani Greek yogurt w peaches
Couple slices of watermelon
Grilled salmon and roasted broccoli/1 glass of red wine
Kodiak protein pancakes
2 scrambled organic eggs/coffee
1 pillsbury biscuit/chobani Greek yougurt w blueberries
1/2c sliced strawberries
1# crab legs/1 glass wine
Sm almond cupcake
Raw kale salad w tsp dressing
Pln oatmeal w almond milk/ 1tsp real maple syrup/ coffee
Cheese stick w -c strawberries
Raw kale salad 1 tsp dressing.
1c red velvet ice cream
Butter beans w a little bit of roasted broccoli
Kodiak protein pancakes w almond milk and real maple syrup/ coffee
Protein cookie bar
Butter beans/1c strawberries
1c of ice cream
Large salad (fresh arugula fr garden) w balsamic vinegar and EVOO- side plate of pasta and homemade pasta sauce
I haven’t posted in awhile. Maybe it was life or maybe I was waiting for the right topic, but after weeks of talking about fad diets, the right topic was right under my nose the entire time- RESPONSIBILITY. I’m going to get right to the point, especially with the help of not 1, but 2 Registered Dietitians who I call friends AND clients!
To often I see on Facebook or Instagram someone promoting their new favorite diet plan- telling people what they should eat, how often, and how great this individual feels. Just look at THEIR results! My RD client friends and I speak of these on a weekly basis. I mean, what do I know? I’m just a personal trainer…who went to school for Sports Medicine…..who was a board certified Athletic Trainer….who has over 15 years experience. Get my point? Sure you do. It’s every Registered Dietitian’s nightmare. You know, the ones who took more classes and have more experience in nutrition than you or I. I don’t tell you how to do your job do I?
What the people are doing with the flaunting of their new diet plan is finding a source for what we all lack on some level, responsibility. Responsibility to our body, to our family, and to our future self. Is there any scientific back up to your claims? Are you eating what you feed your kids, being a good role model? How do you know what you’re doing now won’t have health complications later? Better yet, do you actually know what foods are good for you AND why?
Our nutrition is not a diet, it’s part of our lifestyle. It’s what we ingest to keep our system running, support our family, and to keep us alive. I’m a vegetarian, who has her cake and eats it too! Sure I like my sweets here and there, but I know what foods give me energy and keeps my body healthy from vitamins, minerals, carbohydrates, and protein. It’s my responsibility to not only have knowledge of the foods I need, but to also understand when to eat and how much. It doesn’t take much to understand this. The internet is right at your fingertips! God only knows you use it for everything else.
Don’t you think you would save time, energy, and money if you did it right the first time? Don’t forget, what works for you will not work for others. Even more so, I would love to know if you are still doing well 5 years from now. I always like the client who tells me they were on (insert) fad diet and it worked at the time but they’ve gained the weight back. Again, it didn’t work. So to the fad-dieters…..you didn’t take responsibility, you expected something else to.
So please stop grasping for straws. Take one day at a time and educate yourself on what you need to do in order to live a healthier lifestyle. Your family and future-self will thank you!
“fad diet: Any of a number of weight-reduction diets that either eliminate one or more of the essential food groups, or recommend consumption of one type of food in excess at the expense of other foods. Fad diets rarely follow sound nutritional principles for weight loss, which focus on ingesting fewer calories and/or consuming more energy through exercise.” – Segen’s Medical Dictionary