Last week, I was assigned to the ‘eat’ exercise. I did something like this in high school, having to log in everything I ate during the day for an entire week. It got old really fast, and sometimes I forgot to even do it. I didn’t care. Why does it matter what I eat? Why is something like this a grade? These are some of the questions I asked my ignorant high school self. During that time I was a pretty healthy person, but I didn’t understand why logging everything you chew and swallow on a website mattered. To me it was just a waste of time. The importance of it never got through to me. My mindset completely changed this week.
Logging my meals on SuperTracker and keeping up with the journal held me accountable. It opened my eyes to the things I’m putting into my body and the moods I’m in when I do so. Looking at my journal, I notice that when I was in a bad mood or feeling stressed I either didn’t eat at all or ate too much. When I overate, I was typically eating foods that aren’t nutritious or beneficial to my health. Welcome to college, right? No. Being an “overworked” college student isn’t an excuse to treat my body like this.If anything, I should be helping it when I’m not happy or stressed. In class we discussed that too much or too little of essential nutrients can disrupt how our body functions, and I certainly don’t want that. My body does so much for me, not to mention I only have one, and I should start to thank it with a healthier diet. I was a “health freak” when I first came to college, exercising for hours every day and always being conscious of what I ate. Since my freshman year, I have gotten busier and busier, which caused me to start putting my health on the back burner. This week made me realize that this isn’t okay. I won’t give up cheeseburgers and pizza ever, but the activity this week made me realize that I need to be more aware of what I’m eating. Something else I have started to think about is that what I eat is closely related to the amount of sleep I get and how often I exercise. When I sleep well, I eat well. When I exercise, I do the same. This all greatly affects my mood and what I am able to get done during the day. Logging in what you eat isn’t a waste of time because it has the ability to change your entire outlook on what you put into your body and the way you will move forward in the future. Eat the cake, pull the all nighter, and skip the treadmill. It’s okay. What’s important is that these behaviors don’t become a pattern.