Keeping track of what you eat
- Using a food diary to examine your eating patterns can help pinpoint any nutritional problem areas, as well as identify all the positive things you’re already doing with your diet.
- Evaluating your diet over the course of a week instead of going meal-by-meal is what counts.
One of the best ways to judge your eating habits is by jotting down what you eat in a food journal. Writing down everything you eat helps track your calories and nutrients, and reminds you to make every bite count.
If you’re having any digestive problems, writing down what you eat is especially helpful. Knowing what and how much you ate can help pinpoint foods that might be contributing to your nausea, constipation or other symptoms.
From plate to pen
Remember these tips on keeping a useful food diary:
- Makes notes in your phone or in a notebook.
- Jot down foods and amounts eaten right after each meal or snack.
- Don’t forget beverages! Count all your drinks, including water.
- Food eaten in the car and things eaten on the go, like food bars, all count as part of your daily total.
- Be specific. Was that coffee just a coffee or was it a latte? Did you add extra sugar to it? Those details will make a big difference in calories and calcium intake.
- Don’t agonize over every food. It’s the overall nutritional pattern over a few days that matters most.
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