The Importance of Food Journaling

Do you food journal?  Do you even know what it is?  Food journaling is important especially if you’re trying to maintain a healthy diet.  You should know what you’ve eaten and drank for the day and at least have a good idea of the nutritional content.  Knowing this information gives you even more control over maintaining your health and decreasing your chances for diseases often related to weight issues.  And with the variety of apps available along with simple notepads and planners you can carry around food journaling is super easy to do. 

 I’m fairly new to food journaling (consistently) starting only about 2 1/2 months ago.  I had tried it in the past with apps such as MyFitnessPal but just never really took it seriously.  So I never stuck with it.  But because my mindset has drastically changed in regard to what it takes to maintain good health, food journaling is second nature to me now.  I track my weight closely…generally weighing myself a few times a week just to make sure I’m staying within my goal weight range.  But say, for example, I gain a few more pounds than expected.  When this happens, a few questions I ask myself include:

1) What workouts have I done this week?

2) Have I done a variety of workouts? 

3) What have I eaten/drank?

 Finding a method to record this information daily gives me more power over my health.  It helps identify what’s working and what isn’t. So if you gained 4 pounds in a week then look back in your journal and see where on Thursday you surpassed your recommended calorie intake by 800 calories because of that fishbowl margarita you drank or Friday when you ate all that junk food your coworker brought into the office, then you can see where you may have consumed  too much food or too much of something that was loaded with bad stuff and zero nutritional benefits.  Having this information puts you in a position to know what you need to change in order to stay within your fitness goals.  I use
MyFitnessPal

MyFitnessPal

the MyFitnessPal app religiously to record my meals, snacks, and workouts.  It also has other features such as a place where you can store your fave recipes and a community option that allows you to connect with others in a variety of forums.  But my favorite features of the MyFitnessPal app are the diary where I can enter my foods and workouts and the nutrition view that gives me a detailed listing of the nutrients I’ve consumed for the day.  So if you want to know the total fat or sodium you’ve consumed for the day then this is the view that will provide you with that information.

There are a number of other apps and tools you can use for food journaling and tracking workouts such as Lose It! (an app similar to MyFitnessPal but has a few more features such as tracking blood pressure and body fat).  After seeing the additional features it offers I’m actually going to check out this app for myself as a comparison to

food journaling

Food journaling apps and tools

MyFitnessPal.  There are also food journal books you can use if you would prefer this method instead.  How ever you choose to track your meals, snacks, and workouts doing so is a great way for you to reach or maintain your fitness goals.  Knowledge is power…don’t be blind to your fitness and health.  Consider making food journaling a part of your daily regimen.  I like to think of it this way.  If I make time to check my email and social media pages then I can also make time to track my meals and workouts…simple as that.

About Keke

I'm a wife, mother, IT career woman, MBA, fun, loving person who enjoys wearing multiple hats and living life to the fullest. I was born and raised in St. Louis, MO and have been working in the field of technology for over a decade, which I enjoy very much. Additionally, I'm passionate about fitness and eating well so I'm always researching related topics and enjoy sharing this information with others. My blog merges the things I'm passionate about by turning these topics into what I hope you find are interesting blog posts. So glad you stopped by and hope to see you back here soon!

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