Victoria, no, you’re not the only person who does this. The reason I don’t suggest journalling is because it doesn’t suit everyone and isn’t essential for everyone. BY FAR THE BEST strategy for integration is the one you come up with yourself.
Years ago one woman made a poster and brought it into my seminar in London. I wish I’d taken a picture of it. It was a collage of images cut from magazines, depicting all she’d learned. I remember her pointing to a bit of it and saying, “look, that’s where I make my choice…” It looked confusing to me, but that doesn’t matter at all. Write – or record voice-memos – or whatever helps you to make these ideas become the way you think about food.
Thanks for the question.