Tip: Keep a Food Journal

Keep a food journal to accurately monitor your food consumption. This is especially important for people wanting to eat healthier and starting a new dietary routine.

Keep a Food JournalKeep a food journal to accurately monitor your food consumption.  This is especially important for people wanting to eat healthier and starting a new dietary routine.

A study published in the New England Journal of Medicine found that when people write down what they ate in a food journal, they realized they have been underestimating their food consumption by an average of 1,053 calories a day.

Call to Action:

  1. Record everything you eat and drink for a day in a personal food journal.
  2. When keeping a food journal remember to write down everything you drink and eat including small bites of anything.
  3. Keep your daily food journal handy during the day to record everything you eat as soon as possible.
  4. Record your mood, how you are feeling, and be as specific as possible.  This is especially important for people who tend to eat when stressed or emotions are on high (angry, sad, nervous, etc.).

Note:  The longer you keep a daily food journal the more insight you’ll gain as to when and why you eat certain foods, especially unhealthy foods that contribute to weight gain and poor health.

To your good health,

Lynn

p.s.  After recording in your personal food journal for a day, did you notice a pattern in the amount or types of food you ate?

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