FAQs About Logging Meals

Writing in your Star Log can get tricky sometimes. Your commander is here to answer all your questions, so you can get those Star Logs done right.


INTRODUCTION

Everyone has questions when it comes to logging their meals and snacks, and I bet you’re no exception. I’m going to answer the most frequently asked questions below, but don’t hesitate to ask me anything that I don’t cover. If logging every meal seems overwhelming to you, just let me know. We’ll develop a modified meal logging schedule to help you feel successful and to do what feels right for you.

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Frequently Asked Questions

You may have some questions about logging your meals now that you've got some practice under your belt. So, today let’s talk about the most FAQs (frequently asked questions) that I get about logging your food.


How Long Do I Have to Do This?

The first question that people ask me is— Am I going to have to do this forever?

And, the answer is NO.

You don't have to do it forever. But, we're going to do it as long as you need to to put your eating on autopilot— where you don't need to go back and check it all the time. So you can talk to your coach about when that would be for you.

But for now, just keep doing it.


What If I Don’t Eat it All?

Another question that I get is—What if I don't eat my whole meal?

Well, that's okay. You've already taken a picture of it. Just in the notes below the picture write—I left a few bites .

Or, I left half of my plate. I wasn't as hungry as I thought I'd be.

That's fine.


What if I Ate More?

Now what if you go and get seconds?

Well, again, you would just put a note down there in the note section saying— Oh, I got another serving of this (because we don't always remember to take that picture).

And what happens if you're in an awkward place?

Like you're out to eat, or you're at a work meeting where you don't want to whip out your phone. Again, just write down what you had in the notes.

We're just trying to pay attention and get in that habit of paying attention to our meal before we eat it.


What Do I Do if I Forgot to Take a Picture?

Now what happens if you forgot?

Like I said, just put it in the notes section as to a good guess of what you had to eat.


How Do I Log Beverages?

Now another question I get is about beverages. Do I have to log every drink of water and every black coffee? 

What to do about that? Now if it has no calories like water, black coffee, or diet soda, you don't have to log it.

Except…

if that's one of your goals. If you want to get more water, then we're going to want to log it and take a picture of it. If you're trying to cut down on your caffeine intake, maybe you take pictures of that diet soda or that black coffee.

But any beverage with calories, you’ll want to take a picture of it.

And then if you're trying to work on that and trying to increase or decrease those beverages, you’ll want a picture of them.


What Do I Do if I Take a Little Taste?

Another question that I get is—What do I do about all those BLTs?

We're not talking sandwiches here. BLTS stand for— bites, licks and tastes.

If you occasionally take a little spoonful of spaghetti sauce when you're making dinner, you don't need to log it. 

But if bites, licks and tastes are something that you need to work on to get to your health goals, then we want to start logging them. We’ll want to take a picture of every single bite, lick and taste that you do.

I know for me, bites, licks and tastes are something that I've had to work on. Just knowing that I'm going to have to log them keeps me from doing it.

So bites, licks, and tastes— those BLTs— talk to your coach if this is something that you want to (or need to do). You can add it as habit that you do every time you take a BLT, because you know what? Once you start taking those pictures and you have to log the BLTs, you're going to stop doing it (because The Assistant is lazy).


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All right. If you have any more questions about logging your meals, be sure to ask me. And, we'll come up with a plan for you.