What is a Diet Diary?

When we measure something it normally starts to improve, even if we don’t mean to make any changes. When you book a consultation I ask all clients to keep a log of what you eat for 5 days in advance of the initial session so I get an idea of what you eat on a normal day. A diet diary logs what you eat, day by day, and also tracks how you feel each day too. It’s a useful tool for nutritional therapists to look at your dietary patterns. I work with nutrition clients like you to track how your meeting your health goals.  No-one should become obsessed with recording their food intake, we should eat for energy and also enjoyment!

Three Benefits Of Keeping A Diet Diary

Detecting food intolerance

If you have an intolerance to a food group or certain products the reactions might not happen for several hours, or even days later. This can make it tricky to identify patterns.  Food diaries can help track symptoms over a few days or weeks, so you might forget that you had something that gives you a reaction. I like to ask clients to track their mood, activity levels and sleep quality as part of this, because sometimes the symptom you are tracking (e.g. skin flare ups or digestive discomfort) might be just one symptom of an intolerance to food. 

Weight Loss If you’re trying to lose weight, keeping a food diary might help. When we write down what we eat we may find unhealthy habits that are stopping you from losing weight. Often people forget about the extra beers, or snacks that could potentially be keeping them from losing weight. Writing down your food intake will help you identify where food choices aren’t supporting your health goals. 

Balanced Diet

Sometimes we think we’re eating a healthy balanced diet, but when it’s written down it might be surprising. I help people identify the right balance of carbs, protein and fats, as well as looking at hohow to meet other targets like fibre, getting 7 a day, or ensuring sufficient vitamins and minerals.

Start your healthy eating programme

Keeping a diet diary for a short time is not necessarily about the result, it’s about committing to change something. When we document what we do, we can discover, understand and start to analyse. If you’re trying to lose weight or just attempting to eat healthier, writing down what you eat for a short period may help you make positive changes. I can help you find a diet that works for you, your lifestyle and health goals. Contact me to get started.

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