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Keeping a Food Diary

Why should you keep a food journal?

  • A food journal can help you identify when, why and how we eat.
  • Recording food intake forces you to take responsibility and face your food choices.
  • A food record helps you identify the extra calories that you can get from unconscious eating.
  • Keeping a food record can help you to keep track of the amount of calories that you eat.
  • Keeping a food record will help you identify trouble areas in your eating habits. Knowing those trouble spots will help you understand what you need to change.
  • Recording what you eat at different times during the year, over time, has been shown to help people control their weight.

Food Record Guidelines:

  1. Don't change your eating habits while you're keeping your food diary.
  2. Tell the truth.
  3. Write everything that you eat and drink down.
  4. Write it right after you eat. Don't depend on your memory.
  5. Be very specific.

It is very important to write the following info in the food record:

  1. What the food is.
  2. How much you ate.
  3. What the time was when you ate.
  4. Where you ate.
  5. Feelings that you were having either prior, during or after (or all three).

The Check Your Health Nutrition and Activity Tracker is an easy-to-use tool to help you record your daily eating habits and physical activity. Use it to find out how you can improve your food choices and incorporate exercise into your daily life.

To get your Nutrition & Activity Tracker, call the Check Your Health Hotline at 1-888-222-2542 or click here to order online.


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