The Benefits of a Food Journal

Accountability plays an important role in success.  Having the sense of obligation, responsibility and liability for every action helps an individual to follow through and achieve their goals, dreams and aspirations, whatever they may be.

When it comes to diet & nutrition, we all have different goals – weight loss, weight gain or simply the habit of eating clean.

It may sound easy but I know how hard it can be to stay on track with your diet goals – and this is where the need for a food journal comes in.

Food Journaling isn’t simply recording what, where and when you eat, it also requires you to write how you feel before and after every meal, snack or drink.

In today’s article, let’s discuss the many ways that a Food Journal can help you make better food choices and achieve your health, diet & nutrition goals.

You will eat healthier.

Being aware of what you put in your body will encourage you to make better dietary decisions.  And through your food journal, you’ll be able to pinpoint your nutritional shortfalls, see which nutrients you need more, monitor how much calories you consume and overall, just help you compose healthy balanced meals with the right proportions of carbs, protein and fat.

You will eat less.

For those whose goals are to lose weight, you can use your food journal to help you eat less and curb cravings.  Depending on which diet regimen you are following, a food diary will help you stay on track and limit the possibilities of diet pitfalls, helping you achieve your weight goal faster.

You will discover triggers.

By recording how you feel before and after a particular meal, snack or drink, you can discover emotional triggers that may prompt you to “think” that you’re hungry when in reality, you’re not.  Sometimes, it can be due to boredom, sadness, happiness or anxiety. Knowing these triggers will help you deal with these emotions in a much healthier way instead of turning to mindless eating.

You can track your progress much easier.

Your food journal will act as your reference that will help you track your progress and inspire you to live and eat healthier every day.

Your budget can benefit from this too.

Lastly, another helpful tip is to include how much money you spend on your groceries and meals, since you’re already writing everything anyway.  Even without writing the exact amount for every meal, your food journal will still show you which category of food you usually spend more on and which areas you need to cut back on.

Living a healthy life is a choice and with the help of different tools and practices such as Food Journaling, your journey towards achieving your #healthgoals will be a lot smoother and easier.

About Toni Marie

Toni is Senior Editor for GuestDietBlog, as well as a contributing author. In addition to writing about diet and health, she also likes to write about relationships. She is also a nurse, and the primary caregiver for her mother.
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