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Explore Record Keeping Using Various Styles of Diaries, Journals, or Body Monitoring

                                                               

Keeping records can be the key to achieving a healthier life and maintaining it. It can help support your efforts to eat more healthfully and allow you to be more physically active, as well as, help you overcome obstacles that get you off track. Through practicing this process you learn how to be your own lifestyle coach.

Why keep records? Good managers keep records. Come to know yourself and honor you with your choices!

  • You will see what is happening in your life.

  • You can identify patterns (patterns of people, places, foods). You will see patterns that promote success and patterns that show you "danger zones"--areas where you get off track.

  • You are then able to review the facts.

  • Then you PLAN realistic solutions!

Records help you see what is happening and track your goals. You may see patterns you want to change, and patterns that show your progress. Keeping a diary can also trigger a positive response, because when you write an entry, you’ll have the opportunity to think about your choices.

All this information can help you plan strategies to address any problems. Explore:  Overcome Your Obstacles to Healthful Eating: Discover Your Solutions! and Overcoming Barriers To Keeping Records.
 

There are many ways to record your daily food or activity choices. Experiment with different methods until you find the one that works for you. Included in this section are several different types of journals.

It’s important to find a system that works for you because you’re the one who has to be able to sustain the practice. So keep it fun & simple. You could begin by:

Choose journal tools that support your awareness and ability to untangle patterns and then practice positive substitutions that can work for you.

Try the forms below—if you like one, you can print off the page. Forms can also be combined to meet your particular needs.
 

For any kind of food record-keeping, you may find it helpful to:

Scott & Charlene's Weekly Food Check Off Diary: Small, but mighty!          

 

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Vegetables = 25   Fats = 45   Protein = 75

 

For a PDF page (4 diaries/page) which can be cut in 1/4's: Scott & Charlene's FOUR Weekly Food Check OFF 3x5.pdf

This diary is about 3 X 5" and is for a complete week. How to use it:  You can just check off a serving from the various food groups. To find out what counts as one serving--a "reference" amount for different foods visit Kaiser Permanente's Weight Loss For Health Pyramid. Check them off after you eat them: Starch, Fruit, Dairy, Vegetables, Fat, and Protein, and sweets. The "grayed out" boxes indicate the upper range of each food group. For example the "starch group" is variable from 6 - 8 servings, or the "fruit group" goes from 3 - 4 servings, the "dairy group" goes from 2 - 3 servings, etc.

On the back of the form for each day, if desired,  you can record the actual foods that you ate. This is a great way to remember exactly which foods you ate as well as the numbers of servings.

Two other formats from Jerry: and

There are alternatives to using these forms. You may want to:
Keep records in your personal calendar, or use a notebook or blank journal, or perhaps develop your own spreadsheet.

You could use a computer nutrition analysis programs below to keep track of activity and nutrient composition.

Actual Diary Examples from Bob

See examples below:

  • www.Dietpower.com Has charts and graphs track food (easily add your own foods) & exercise with tips; provides suggestions to correct nutritional deficiencies; analyzes recipes, very easy to use; 15-day free, trial Comes with a lifetime money-back guarantee. Cost about $50 (but has sales). It's a wonderful program! I use it myself for many years. Check for the newest version. A new on-line version and app will becoming out later this year.
  • Super Tracker: https://www.choosemyplate.gov/supertracker/ 

    Get your personalized nutrition and physical activity plan. Track your foods and physical activities to see how they stack up. Get tips and support to help you make healthier choices and plan ahead.

    This is a very helpful evaluation program that compares your daily intake to Dietary Guidelines. It will also calculate your nutrient intakes and compares them to the recommended intakes for your gender, age, and activity level. I did find that the Estimated Energy Requirement (EER) was high (and was for maintenance--not weight loss), however it does provide some very helpful feedback.

  • www.myfitnesspal.com My Fitness Pal
  • www.tapandtrack.com Nanobit software
  • www.loseit.com FitNow, Inc.
  • www.fitday.com  Explore your eating patterns with a free Web program and a PC version to evaluate and transform your eating and activity patterns
  • www.livestrong.com/calorie-counter-mobile
  • www.sparkpeople.com Spark People is enjoyed by many people.
  • www.thedailyplate.com The Daily Plate costs $9/month.
  • www.calorie-count.com Calorie-Count
  • www.my-calorie-count.com Everyday Health Network

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