The Importance Of Keeping A Food Journal

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Keeping a food journal is a good way to keep track of the foods, calories, fats, etc. that you eat each day. A food journal could be a good strategy to use if you are on a diet and trying to lose weight. Keeping a detailed diary of exactly what you are eating every day and the proportion sizes can help you determine if you are getting the proper amount of nutrients or if you are eating anything in excess. These detailed journals can also help you determine how you are feeling while you are eating certain foods, which can help you avoid eating those foods in certain situations in the future if needed.
Through this food journal, I noticed numerous things about my diet that I had not paid any attention to before. One thing I observed was
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Although my food choices might have been a lot less healthy, I was way under my recommended calories for the day. I also know that this is not good for me at all either so this is something that I should work on. I could change this by just trying to eat more fruits throughout the day, since fruits are something that I really enjoy eating and they don’t require any cooking. I could also start cooking meals during the week and make sure that I keep some leftovers for me to eat on the weekends. This would make it easier for me to just heat up a meal quickly one the days when I do not feel like …show more content…
I think if I were to do this journal for a longer period of time, it would show my unhealthy eating habits more. Even if I was not purposefully doing so, I think I was eating a little healthier the 5 days that I did this food journal because I knew I would have to record all of the foods that I was eating. On a normal day, I usually eat a lot more snacks and might choose some unhealthier foods when I eat in the cafeteria. However, I do think that it was a good thing to be able to do this food journal to at least get an idea of what I am putting into my body on a regular basis. I believe a food journal is a good resource for people to keep track of the foods that they are eating and kind of help put into perspective what you are putting into your body on a daily basis. I think it is great that choosemyplate.gov provides anyone with a free resource of being able to track their foods and shows you exactly how many calories, fats, sodium, etc. you are consuming each day. This could be a great step towards a more healthy society if more people would take advantage of resources like this and really do something to change their diets after being provided with the information that this website

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