The Importance of a Nutritional Log

I am currently reading a great book, The Power of Habit. After finishing it, I will be asking our entire staff to read it, and I suggest for $10 you pick a copy up yourself. It talks about how a habit is created, how we can change old habits, create new ones, and how one small change can create a trickling effect on many other aspects. 

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One of the many reasons why I like this book so much I think is it uses exercise and nutrition as a lot of examples. One of the examples was how just by exercising 1-2x per week, creating a habit out of it creates more then just health benefits. People are more productive at work, eat better, sleep better, have less stress, are better students, and much more. 

They also talk about nutrition, and how if you can create a habit of writing down what you eat, even just one day a week, you are 2x more successful then those who don’t. I find that statistic to be true with our clients as well. Those who record nutrition habits on a regular basis are much more successful. 

So, start creating a habit. Buy a ten cent notebook, and write down everything you eat. You will quickly realize several things: you may eat a lot more than you think you do, you are missing vital aspects such as enough water, protein, or vegetables, and you will also find that you are much more careful of what you eat knowing that you have to write it down. 

Give it a try and let me know what you think. 

Keep working hard. 

Doug Spurling 

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About Spurling Training Systems

At Spurling Training Systems, our focus is on providing a superior athletic conditioning experience. The combination of expert training, time spent understanding your specific goals and customized program development is what makes Spurling Training Systems a unique and effective training experience for athletes of all ages, levels and abilities. Doug is the founder and owner of Spurling Training Systems. He graduated from University of New England with a Bachelor of Science in Applied Exercise Science. He has several years of experience as both a personal trainer for general fitness and a strength and conditioning coach for athletes. His certifications from the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) include Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) and Certified Personal Trainer (CPT).
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