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Why keep a food diary?
- By Katherine D. McManus, MS, RD, LDN, Contributor
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Great way to organize your food consumption. I am totally agree with your points. I am also struggling with this from many years, my food consumption is going very high at one stage but after I realize that this needs to be stopped then I finally sit and watch my whole meal plan that what I am eating after that I have found many foods which are needed to be eliminated from my diet. Planning is must if you want to achieve your goal, either loosing or gaining.
Dear Disha , As you have discovered , making changes in food habits is an going process. A food diary can certainly aid in the identification of some behaviors that you may want to adjust to support your goals of healthy eating and or weight management. Your comment regarding the importance of planning is spot on!
What an excellent article!I do agree that using a food diary this way the outcome is so interesting and helpful. Only weight loss is achievable if one follows this process consciously. It works! However, the most important outcome is that one realizes of the patterns, trends, and habits, we were not aware or were aware but, didn’t want to accept as such. The goals characteristics are realistic that enable anyone to see results if done consistently. It’s worthy and a lot of fun in working in yourself.
So glad you have found keeping a food diary supports your goals. I couldn’t agree with you more. Kathy
Food diaries can be life savers. I finally learned what was
causing my terrible migraine headaches. ONIONS — raw or
cooked. Since then, I have not had a single headache. == My poor father suffered terribly from migraines, and sadly never found out the cause.
Many of my patients have reported similar positive results with tracking specific foods and identifying symptoms. So glad the food diary helped you!
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