Whether you’re trying to maintain a healthy weight, support a balanced gut, or simply make healthier choices about what you put on your plate, keeping a daily food journal is a great way to not only keep track of the foods you eat, but also how your eating habits (and cravings) shift throughout the day. Here are 4 reasons why:
- Sugar is everywhere. And new research tells us it’s becoming even more dangerous to our health than alcohol, tobacco use and a lack of exercise combined. Keeping a food journal and tracking your daily sugar intake will help you pay close attention to the sources of hidden sugar in your diet and how to eliminate—or at least greatly reduce—added sugars for a healthier gut and body.
- Recognize your weak spots. We all have the occasional mid-afternoon snack craving, but are there times when you find yourself making less-than-healthy choices? Think about the last time you skipped breakfast, grabbed a packet of crackers instead of getting a healthy lunch, or binged on carbs because of a particularly stressful day? A food journal will help you identify unhealthy habits and plan ahead for moments of weakness.
- Appreciate portion control. Sometimes it takes the simple act of writing down everything we eat and drink to get a feel for what “portion control” really means. In our super-sized world, we often forget that true serving sizes are actually much smaller than we think. For example, a single serving of fruit or veggies is about the size of your fist. Meat, fish, and poultry? About the size of a deck of cards. And snack foods such as nuts should be kept to just a handful.
- Start the new year off right. Keeping a food journal is a great way to start the new year on a healthy note, especially when many people are focused on making everyday diet and lifestyle changes to support a healthy weight and body. Happy journaling!