Too often, most of what we eat or drink is on autopilot. Whether you’re driving, on-the-go, or had a bad day—it can be difficult to remember everything you consume. One way to track what you eat and drink throughout the day is with a daily food log. The process is simple, write down or track every detail (from your morning coffee to that afternoon snack) each day for several weeks.
With a comprehensive food log, you can identify food triggers, habits, or routines. Not only can you identify habits, but you can uncover food sensitivities or dietary restrictions. It’s important to take note of your mood or energy levels as you go, so you can tie in what you consume to how you feel. For example, if you had a turkey sandwich with white bread, and noticed you felt sluggish and tired afterwards—it could indicate to you certain dietary sensitivities to ingredients like gluten.
Similarly, eating well is an integral part of managing any chronic illness. You can take note of flare-ups or mood changes and tie into what you ate or drank. With a daily food log, you can track how many calories you consume or the nutritional value of your daily meals. You can also include water intake, workouts, or sleep habits. The key is to be consistent so you have a truthful and honest record of your routine.
For an easy food journaling printable, download the daily log from Kitchen Cabinet Kings below. It has space for breakfast through dinner and categories to list calories, carbs, sugar, or protein. Simply save it to your phone or print it out for a handwritten list to keep track.