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Lunch Log, 2nd Edition

4 Apr

A few years ago, after a conversation between Sophie and her cousin Grace, we realized that when it comes to lunch, someone else’s always looks better.  To help the girls keep track of what they liked about their own lunch, and what they spied in someone else’s lunch that looked particularly tasty, we created The Lunch Log.  Like every great worksheet project, they used it for awhile until it lost its luster.  Over the past two years, we’ve pulled it out and used it occasionally, usually when the lunch whining became particularly strong.

Recently, we’ve been talking about tracking food again, but this time for a different purpose.  For quite some time, Sophie has had stomachaches, and we can’t quite figure out what is causing her trouble.  We’ve tried adding more of certain foods into her diet, cut back on other things, and encouraged her to drink lots of water.  Some days are definitely better than others, but we’re not seeing consistent results.  In conversations with friends, I know that there are lots of families who are having similar experiences.  It’s easy to spot the connection between what you eat and how you feel, but identifying foods that are causing trouble takes some time and diligence.  It is a slow and tedious process.

Fact: There may be a direct connection between stomachache reduction and worksheet completion.*

*Totally not a fact.

While no worksheet has been scientifically proven to cure stomachaches, tracking what you eat and noting how you feel after doing so can certainly help to make the connections between food and the way your body feels.  By writing it all down, we’re reducing some of the mystery and giving us the tools we’ll need to pay attention and find patterns.

Tracking is easy – simply complete the worksheet after each meal.  If your child is a pretty good reader and writer, let them do the writing and add details as needed.  At the end of the day, use the Recap section as a way to identify whether there was enough variety in the foods consumed to provide the nutrients needed for wellness and growth.  Overall, the goal is to create an awareness between what you eat and how you feel, so don’t worry too much about 100% accuracy.  Unless 100% accuracy is very important to you, in which case I apologize that I’m using LUNCH to represent ALL FOOD CONSUMED REGARDLESS OF THE TIME OF DAY.

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Items you will need:
• Mini binder (holds 5.5” x 8.5” sized pages)
• Adjustable 3-hole punch or hand-held paper punch
• Scissors or paper cutter
• Pencil
• Colored pencils, markers, or crayons
• Printed cover and inside pages (see links below)

Print it:
Lunch Log, 2nd Edition – Lunch Log Cover, Instructions, Inside Pages
Lunch Log, 2nd Edition – Inside Pages Only

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SlimKicker GIVEAWAY: Win a Kitchen Scale!

27 Jul

For many years, I’ve known that the easiest way for me to stay at my healthiest is by tracking what I eat.  For a long time it was in a journal, then a spreadsheet, and in the past year or so I’ve relied on sites and apps to do the tracking.  By far, using phone apps has been the easiest way to track since I always have it on hand.

I’ve recently tried a new app by SlimKicker that I really like.  SlimKicker is a diet tracker and game that turns diet and fitness goals into a level-up game with points, rewards and challenges. You level up by tracking healthy calories and exercises, and completing challenges such as quitting soda for a week.  The thing I like the best about it is the way in which it provides nutritional information.  I have not found an easier way to determine whether I’m eating the right amounts of protein, calroies, carbs, fat, and fiber.  If you have an iPhone, I’d highly recommend this free app (or by their site if you do not use an iPhone).

And now that we’re on the topic of FREE, SlimKicker has generously offered to give away an Ozeri Touch Digital Kitchen Scale to one lucky Calamity Jennie reader who comes up with the best new challenge idea.

Here’s how it works:

1. Leave a comment on this entry with your challenge idea.
2. Each challenge duration should be at least a week long and no longer than a month.
3. Challenges can be geared toward fitness, food, or overall wellness.
4. Try to keep your challenges simple to understand and capture the idea in 1-2 sentences.
5. You may add up two entries.  Enter each as its own comment.

Rules: SlimKicker will select their favorite idea and use it on their site.  A winner will be selected on Friday, August 3, 2012.  This contest is open to U.S. Residents only.

Need some examples?  Here are a few from SlimKicker’s Recommended list:
– No snacks after dinner for a week
– Replace soda with water for the next 7 days
– Move during commercials when you’re watching TV this week

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WINNER!  SlimKicker likes your suggestion, Carrie!  So much so, they are excited to give you a kitchen scale. Enjoy using it to weigh your vegetables.

“My challenge idea is to eat 5 servings of vegetables a day. When I do this, I don’t have room left over for un-healthy stuff!”

Great idea, Carrie!