Keeping a food journal or diary can be a wonderful tool to help you improve your health. If done consistently, it can quickly make you aware of poor eating habits that cause unnecessary weight gain, as well as help you identify certain foods that can trigger inflammation and bloating. Here are 5 quick tips to get you on your way to successful food journaling…
- Be consistent and honest – Think of this as en experiment and you are simply collecting helpful data. If you aren’t honest with what you record, or if you skip several days, the only person that it affects is you.
- Record more than just what you are eating – A food journal isn’t just about tracking food and calories. You should also be recording how you feel, physically and emotionally, after you eat each meal or snack. This will help you identify “trigger” foods that can be causing you to feel uncomfortable, tired etc.
- Keep it short – You don’t have to write paragraphs when describing what you ate or how you feel. One or 2 words to describe each thing should be enough. If you write a lot and it ends up becoming too time consuming, you are likely to not continue with your food journal.
- Use an app to help you – There are several great apps out there that will help you track your food, calorie intake and exercise. My personal favorite is Lose It! After filling out some of your information as far as goals, it will give you a daily calorie budget that ticks down as you enter food items, or goes up as you enter any exercise that you have done that day.
- Plan out your daily meal plan every morning – To stay on track throughout each day, it can be very helpful to record all of your meals for the day in the morning. Seeing your daily meal plan of healthy and nutritious foods written out in front of you can help you stay motivated throughout the day to only eat what you recorded that morning.