Food Journal: How To

Monday, February 25, 2013

Last week I challenged myself to regain the habit of tracking my food and water intake by keeping a Food Journal. I was able to write down everything I ate 6 out of 7 days of the week. Here is how you too can improve your health by keeping a Food Journal:

1. Buy a Journal. I try to keep them on the smaller size so I can take them with me everywhere I go. Be sure you buy something cute because you will be using it for a while.

2. Write Right. You may personalize it to your taste but a few essentials are your initial weight, the date and the foods you eat. You can give as much detail as you'd like. I kept it simple this first week because I was trying to establish the habit of tracking my food intake. I used to write down calories in the past and points when I was on Weight Watchers.

3. Go Low or high Tech. I'm a high tech woman but I like my food journals to be old-fashioned. Why? There are less excuses for not tracking my food: the battery is never low, there are no glitches, the app is never down... You get the point. If being high tech works for you, by all means, go for it! Please indulge me with the fact that there is nothing more therapeutic than writing down your food intake with your own hands or plugging your info in your phone! The key is to get it done. 

4. Review. Look at your day and make adjustments as your days go by. Last week I noticed that I didn't drink a lot of water on day 4. I made adjustments the following day to be sure I drank the correct amount of H2O. Don't rely on your memory to remember everything about your eating week, use your journal to your advantage and be sure to improve the quality of your food and water intake.

5. Be Truthful. Write down EVERYTHING you eat. This journey is about being true to yourself so that you can improve what you are currently doing.

QUESTION: Have you ever kept a food journal? Has it helped you? If not, do you think it will work for you?

Food Journal Series:
100 Days of Food Journaling part 1 
100 Days of Food Journaling part 2
100 Days of Food Journaling part 3
Facing the Calories
Vision Boards: an Evolution
Food Journal Gone Mainstream