Starting a Food Journal

A lot of people have a hard time eating healthy. I’m going to explain in this article, how to keep an effective eating journal that will help you stay on top of what you eat and the nutrition you get in your diet.

In your efforts to eat healthier, the first step is to make sure you understand what you are eating before you eat it. So often we just eat and snack without really thinking about it. This leads to unhealthiness. If we consciously decide what we are going to eat before eating, we will be able to have more control of our diet.

Try to figure out where you can improve the most. Think about which of your meals tend to be the least healthy. Think about what you snack on throughout the day, and when you do it. The first step in creating this journal is being aware of what you take in. This will help you to figure out where you need to improve.

Understanding what you need to change will help you get started. Make yourself a food journal and keep tabs on everything that you eat. This can be a separate journal in itself, or just a section of your daily journal. It can be as simple an elaborate as you would like. Do whatever works best for you. Just make sure that you are consistent. With every meal write down what you eat. In addition, put how much food you ate. This can be difficult without a food scale handy all the time, but make as good of a guess as you can. Or you can make your own measuring system, like a 1 – 10 scale or something.

In addition to writing what you ate, write why you ate. The reason for this is because many times we don’t eat just because we’re hungry. Often we’ll eat because we’re bored, or it’s our routine, or something will look really good, or we’ll eat at a social event because everybody else is. Keeping track of this will help you to know why you eat at different times.

Also keep track of where you eat. This will also help you to figure out what places you tend to eat more. As you do this, you will be able to see patterns in your life and you will be able to control them to your best interest. As you take control of your eating habits using this method, you will have an easier time changing your diet to how you want it to be, rather than letting it be in control of itself. This is one of the most effective ways to stay on top of your diet.

good luck with it!

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