When I began my journey to understand what I was eating, two vital factors made a significant difference to my ability to persist. The first was tracking my weight every single morning. The second was to track everything I ate. It felt strange to go from just eating to trying to figure out quantities, sizes, the difference between ounces, pounds and litres and how to convert from one to the other. I persisted, out of curiosity to know what I was eating but it soon became a habit.
Tracking your food reveals shocking things about the habits that we have developed. For example, if you go out, it is very normal to be served a bowl of peanuts with any drink or even the snacks that you order. Well, peanuts are good right? Are they nuts? It turns out that one peanut has about eight calories and there might have been days when I had even eaten 100 peanuts or 800 calories. Peanuts also have saturated fats, the same as ice-cream or butter and are therefore relatively not so good for you.
I found it extremely useful to track what I ate, as it suddenly created the awareness of the diversity in the nutrition value of everyday foods and the understanding that just because it was a small peanut, it did not mean you could eat a handful.
I use www.mynetdiary.com to track my food. Even if you can’t persist, using it for 2-3 months gives you an excellent understanding of what you are eating and what is and is not healthful. Other websites like www.myfitnesspal.com etc. can also help you get there, but I found mynetdiary providing me with a complete breakdown of the nutrition value of my food.