Everybody knows that if you want to lose weight or eat better, keeping a food journal makes a huge difference. I’ve kept food journals in the past but haven’t lately. However, it’s time to start again.
I’ve had the most success keeping my food journal in my planner (of course, that makes sense since I carry my planner with me nearly everywhere). So I went through the forms I’ve made in the past and found my favorite four. Now I just have to pick which one to use.
This Food Journal is printed on 8-1/2 x 11 paper and then folded up and kept in your purse, bag or planner. It has a column on the right for notes. The Basics are at the bottom. I like this one because you can see at a glance the entire week. Sometimes when the week is over, I color code my food choices to see if I’m out of balance (which I usually am).
This Food Journal is similar to a check register. You can put the total calories for the day and subtract each food you eat or you can add the total up as you go. I prefer adding as I go – it makes me feel like I have more left. When I see only 200 left, for example, I panic a bit.
I think this one is my favorite. I’m not sure why. You’ll notice there’s no box for an evening snack. I have acid reflux so it’s best if I don’t have an evening snack. However, I’ve been having an evening snack forever so I usually end up having one anyway. If I do, I just put in the evening box or exercise box.
On this form, I write the calories in the box on the left, add them up for that meal, and write the total in the column on the right.
This Food Journal works exactly like a check register. You enter your total calories or points for the day at the top and then subtract as you eat. On the right are the Basics you can check off as you go.
By the way, the abbreviations stand for:
- F/V – fruits and vegetables
- M – milk
- Vit – vitamin (I don’t remember to take one if I don’t write it down)
- Ex – exercise (The boxes for exercise can be for any amount you want. I usually use them as 15 minute increments.)
So I’m going to print off some food journals for my planner and get back on track. How about you?