Food Recording

Over the years of working with personal training clients and their nutrition there is never a one size fits all approach. Sometimes it can take a while to discover the most appropriate strategy for that client.

Most importantly, is for that persons nutritional goals to be met in a way that is effective and efficient to be incorporated into their daily tasks.

The first and most straight forward plan is to use an application like myfitnesspal, nothing better than seeing exactly what you are eating in terms of calories, macros, fibre and sugar. This approach is useful for those with moderate computer skill and access to smart phone, tablet or computer, initially it can take time to set up but eventually with repetition inputting daily food can take 3 minutes. The challenge for this approach is estimating the amounts of food, and guesstimating contents of prepared or dining out meals.

My least favourite is the written method, invariably I end up seeing entries like: a bowl of pasta, green thai curry etc. It is impossible to calculate even vaguely macros or calories from this type of information.

One client found an effective strategy was to attend a one hour appointment each week to discuss food. Never was any specific plan devised, instead we would discuss restaurants and cafés in the local area and what on their menus were great options, how to create time in the day to eat and making his health a priority. After 6 months his lost 8 kilograms all without dieting.

More recently for convenience I have asked clients to take photos of all the food they eat for the day, so I can evaluate if they are able to appropriately interpret my nutritional guidelines and proportions. Sadly, honestly in regards to food intake can be a huge issue for some clients, this technique may identify clients who skip meals, struggle with portion control or knowledge about interchanging proteins, fats, starchy carbs and fibrous carbs.

The below is one such example.

Very interested in hearing of methods others utilize?


Food is like Money

Working to optimize nutrition is like working to improve your financial situation. There are endless similarities between working towards financial and physical health and often I find myself drawing on these comparisons as means to effectively demonstrate my message.

Food is a valuable source of our health currency, it enables us to perform activities, repair damage, have enjoyment, pleasure, concentrate and focus, to grow another human being, fight diseases, and potentially live longer.

So, you can eat what ever you want, when you want, simply winging it from day to day???

How’s that really working out for you?

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The Seven P’s – Proper, Prior, Planning, Prevents, Piss, Poor, Performance

Assessing nutrition has a profound effect on quality of life, not only are you assured your nutritional needs are being met, whether they be exercised, growth, health, injury, recovery, pregnancy, bone density , changing body composition or improving appearance and thus self confidence, but also time efficiency in food preparation and minimizing wastage.

Miss-using your food currency could, among a multitude of problems, result having no spending power, living on a unnecessarily restrictive budget that still does not meet goals and under estimates your requirements. Education is power, and assists informed decision making that in turn can be harnessed to achieve your desired health outcome.