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Do you keep a food journal?

By October 9, 2008 - 8:58am
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Do you keep a food journal? If so, what do you enter and do you keep track of calories as well? Carbs?

I'm interested in knowing what other people do in their food journals, whether they are trying to lose weight or are just maintaining a diary for good health reasons.

I know that so many experts and weight loss programs believe food journaling is one of the keys to success, and it makes me wonder why it makes such a difference.

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Keeping a food journal makes a difference because it instills a sense of accountability, provides evidence of what works and what doesn't, and helps you track your progress - or regression.

I've kept a food journal...several times, lol! I think I get out of the habit of writing everything down because I'm so busy that I don't allow myself enough "me" time. I had a food journal, a daily planner and a running journal. That made too many things to manage, so I started using my daily planner to record everything.

There are so many food journals available, these days. You just have to find one you like. One of my first journals was a small, plain leather notebook of unlined paper that fit nicely in my bag so that I could record things on the fly. I've tried a journal that has been organized to record intake of foods and fluids, even exercise and calories burned. I was trying to lose weight while training for a marathon, which I found very difficult to do because of the nutritional regimen that I have to maintain for optimal physical performance and muscle recovery.

October 9, 2008 - 5:53pm
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