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Putting Your Food Finances In Good Working Order

Balancing the foods you eat is really mostly a matter of getting accustomed to doing it. It’s not hard or complicated, but you’ll have to do it on purpose at first. Eventually, it will become second nature. So without obsessing, I want you mentally to take note of what you eat, why you eat it, and how you feel during and after a meal. Ask yourself what kind of investment you made, how you felt about it, where it fits into your portfolio. Was it a carb meal? A protein meal? A sweet? Was it a good food choice?

You don’t have to write any of this down if you don’t want to write it down. In my experience, “keeping a food diary” doesn’t work for most people, because most people don’t have the time or inclination to do it. I say, just keep the information in your head. However, if you prefer writing down what you eat and how you feel when you eat it, then I’m not going to argue. It’s your life, your body, your food choices, so do what works for you.

No matter which way you go about it, I want you to notice everything about your dietary habits today. What do you really want to eat? Do you usually choose to eat what you want, or do you tell yourself you can’t have what you want and then have something else instead? What things do you eat that feel more like habit than desire?

But that’s not all. Not only do I want you to think about what you’ve had for one meal; I also want you to think about how each choice you make will work to balance what you will have at the next meal. Don’t stress out or obsess about meals to come. Focus more on what you will eat when it’s time to eat, and what you really want to eat. But when the next meal or snack comes along, remember what you ate before. How will your choices now be influenced by your choices at your last meal?

Today you will balance your checkbook and put your eating finances in good working order. You’re not dieting anymore. You are living your life. It’s easier than you think.

This is an excerpt from Naturally Thin by Bethenny Frankel, available on