Dear Food Diary…

Food diaries are growing more popular and popping up in every form: online, physical diaries, and even on phones. Food diaries can be a great way to keep track of your eating habits — both good and bad — by bringing awareness to the types of food and amount of food you are consuming. They can help with weight loss, detect a food intolerance or allergy, monitor nutrition, and help portion control.

Knowing how much you are eating can help you realize when you’re overeating, or maybe show you that your diet should include more of a specific vitamin or nutrient. Writing down why you are eating something next to the food entry is also a good habit. For example, you might realize you are eating when you are bored as opposed to when you are hungry, or eating when you are nervous or stressed. Identifying these triggers can help you find a healthier approach to handling them.

Technology, in addition to current health trends, has made keeping a food diary convenient. Mobile apps, websites and pre-made notebooks specifically designed to track food consumption are available in today’s world. Apps like MyFitnessPal and MyFoodDiary make it easy to track your food on the go while also offering options to track exercise.

However, if you prefer to sit down with a notebook and pencil, that works, too. Whatever your chosen method, give a food diary a try.

Content by Lockton Dunning Benefits with info from: www.getqardio.com/healthy-heart-blog/food-journal/