Nutrition: how to keep a food diary


The food diary is a daily record of what you eat and drink every day. The diary helps you and your doctor understand your eating habits. It can help you be aware of what you are consuming. Once you understand this, you can make changes to your diet to improve your weight.

The road to better health

You need to keep your eating diary throughout the day. If you want to keep a paper record, choose a notebook that fits in your bag, backpack or pocket so you can carry it with you at all times. There are also many apps that can track what you eat and drink. Ask your doctor for recommendations on who would be best for you.

Once you have your diary, you need to write down a few things every time you eat and drink. They include:

  • Please indicate the amount of food and beverages you consume each time. This can be measured in volume (like 1/2 cup), weight (like 2 ounces) or number of items (like 12 chips).
  • Write down the type of food and drinks. Be as specific as you can. Be sure to include extras such as side dishes, sauces, dressings or spices. Some examples are butter, ketchup or sugar.
  • Keep track of the time of day you eat and drink.
  • Pay attention to where you eat and drink. If you are at home, write down which room you are in. For example, at the dining table, in the kitchen or on the couch. If you eat out, write the name of the restaurant or if you are in your car.
  • who is he withIf you eat alone, write “alone”. If you are with friends or family, write them down.
  • Activity:In this column, list the activities you do while eating or drinking. You can work, watch TV or play a game.
  • mood: It should also include how you feel when you eat and drink. Are you happy, sad or bored? Your mood can affect what and when you eat or drink.


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