Food Diary And Eating Smart (Day 13)
A bite here, a nibble there, a sip here, another taste there. How much did you eat today?
Want to get a better picture of your day-to-day eating habits? Keep a food diary. It’s easier to spot a problem and control temptation, and you have a better chance of reaching your wellness goals and perhaps managing your weight.
Keep records for at least a week or two. Here’s how:
- Pick a system. A simple notebook or a daily diary works for handwritten records. Or find an electronic tracking system.
- Track the “5 Ws and H.” Note with whom, what, where, when, why, and how much you eat and drink. Be realistic with amounts.
- Write down little tastes: butter on your toast, sugar and milk in your tea.
- Remember snacks. That includes vending machine soda, doughnuts, and biscotti.
- Record any eating “triggers.” Note your mood or hunger level.
- Give it careful review.What have you learned about you?