Since I’ve been working at home, rather than an office, I feel as though my health habits have improved. Instead of snacking on whatever chocolate or cupcakes are in the office, I keep a stash of fresh fruit around for whenever I’m hungry. In order to test my theory, I decided to keep a food journal.
I’ve kept a food journal at least two other times. Once was several years ago. At the time there weren’t any apps so I literally kept a journal writing down my meals, snacks and beverages in a notebook. The other time was more recent and I used the My Fitness Pal iPhone app (see Forbes 8 best weight loss apps for others).
Since better nutrition, rather than weight loss, is my motivation for journaling I decided to go the old-school route this time. If you’re looking to lose weight, I would highly recommend using an app to count your calories. According to a 2008 study, dieters who kept a food journal lost twice as much weight as those that didn’t. I think you can realize benefits even keeping a journal for just a week or two. You may realize you’re eating more than you think or drinking lots of beverages that add up.
I’ve been recording my meals, snack and beverages (other than water) for a few days now. Other than Sunday when I ate almost everything in sight, I’m pretty proud of my eating habits. If you’d like to go the pen and paper route, here are a few cute notebooks to get you started!