How To Keep a Food Journal…The Easy Way! [Video]
Hey everybody, it’s Coach Dom again with another amazing tip. And I gotta tell ya…this is one of my favorites.
We all know that nutrition is one of the most important building blocks to creating a lifestyle of health and wellness. And one of the first steps to getting your diet on track is keeping a food journal.
But using a notebook or app to track down every bite of food you put in your mouth can be a little tedious to say the least. If you don’t carry that little notebook around with you all day or constantly open up that app (draining your battery in the process), you have to remember everything you ate and log it all at the end of the day.
Who has that kind of time (or memory)?
How to Keep a Food Journal
So here’s my tip for you: instead of using a notebook or app, use your phone to take a picture of every meal or snack you consume throughout the day.
Before you eat breakfast, take a picture of your plate.
When you sit down for lunch, take a picture.
When you put your hand in the candy bowl at work, snap a picture of everything you take out.
After you finish cooking dinner, take a picture of what you put on your plate.
If you buy a 1-lb. bag of peppermint bark at Costco, take a picture every time you get up for another piece.
At the end of the day, you should (hopefully) have 3-4 pictures: three meals plus a snack or a protein shake. Once you have a week’s worth of pictures, you can review them and easily see what needs to be eliminated.
Why This Works
Everyone has a smartphone with them throughout the day. And taking a picture is a much easier way of keeping a food journal. And as we all know, the easier something is, the more likely you are to stick with it.
Snapping pictures also helps you to literally see what you’ve been eating.
When you’re looking at words on a page or screen, it’s easy to underestimate how much you actually ate. But a picture, as they say, is worth a thousand words. There’s no escaping the visual of your Thanksgiving plate(s) piled high with stuffing and cheesecake or three M&Ms pictures in one day.
We all have goals when it comes to fitness and nutrition. But you can’t figure out how to get where you want to go unless you first figure out where you are.
Keeping track of your diet is the first step toward a complete overhaul of your bad eating habits, but most people don’t know how to keep a food journal over time.
So that’s my tip: take a picture of everything you eat. You’ll instantly recognize your bad habits as well as your good ones, which will motivate you to keep moving.