Ending Type 2 Diabetes One Exercise, Nutrition, and Gardening Class at a Time

Maintaining Use of Food Diaries Over Time

In Nutrition Class on July 1, 2010 at 4:16 PM

Because the practice of recording one’s food and exercise habits can be a significant challenge for program participants in the beginning, the Nutrition Class teacher generally requests that for the first few weeks they simply record what they have eaten/done to exercise each day.

Weight loss results in the beginning of the program are often dramatic, which happens when participants are getting comfortable using the food diaries. A plateau, where participants will stop experiencing change, however, often overshadows this accomplishment somewhere after the program’s first quarter. At this point, the Nutrition Class teacher adds components to the food diary, making it a tool that meets their expanded needs.

Around class #3, participants are instructed to become more specific about their dietary and exercise activities. What percentage fat did your milk contain this morning? How much did you use in your cereal? Did you walk at a slow, medium, or fast pace around the block?

The Nutrition Class teacher also requests that they begin to report items that are generally overlooked. How about alcohol? Were there any chips at that party?

The increased level of specificity allows the teacher to move away from power point and use the food diaries as a direct teaching tool. A class on fat content at this point in the 12-week program, for instance, could explore the impact of the Lays chips a participant ate as a snack the day before.

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