Monday, December 7, 2015

Nutrition: Keeping a Food Diary

Nutrition: Keeping a Food Diary
The information you record in your food diary will help you and your family doctor design an eating program just for you. These instructions will help you get the most out of your food diary. Generally, food diaries are meant to be used for a whole week, but studies have shown that keeping track of what you eat for even 1 day can help you make changes in your diet.

How much:
In this space, indicate the amount of the particular food item you ate. Estimate the size (2" x 1" x 1"), the volume (1/2 cup), the weight (2 ounces) and/or the number of items (12) of that type of food.

What kind:
In this column, write down the type of food you ate. Be as specific as you can. Include sauces and gravies. Don't forget to write down "extras," such as soda, salad dressing, mayonnaise, butter, sour cream, sugar and ketchup.

Write the time of day you ate the food.

Write what room or part of the house you were in when you ate. If you ate in a restaurant, fast-food chain or your car, write that location down.

Alone or with someone:
If you ate by yourself, write "alone." If you were with friends or family members, list them.

In this column, list any activities you were doing while you were eating (for example: working, watching TV or ironing).

How were you feeling while you were eating (for example, sad, happy or depressed)?

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