Five uses for food records
Food Records have many uses and need not be so time consuming that they become a chore.
There are many ways and many reasons to keep food records. You can keep just a list of the foods you eat daily or can keep much more detail, including quantities of each item, nutrient values, calories, etc. The point is to keep a record of the information that will be most helpful to you.
Here are 5 ways to use the information you decide to note in your food record:
Use the information to check on your nutrition. Use a food record to check that you are getting what you need nutritionally. Items you might want to keep track of might be: protein, fiber, vitamins, carbs, calories, fat, etc. You can make whatever categories are helpful to you a part of your food record. Looking back at a food record such as this will help you make revisions to your diet when needed.
Use your food record to keep track of your weight. Some people record their weight in there daily food record. I find this to be a good idea. You can keep track of whether what you’re eating is helping you move toward a weight goal much easier if this information is side by side. If you’re going in the wrong direction, you’ll be able to make corrections to your diet before you’ve gone too far. When assessing you weight goals, it’s best to not put too much importance on each daily weight. Weight can fluctuate two or three pounds from day to day due to water weight. Rather than paying attention to that, look at differences from week to week or month to month.
Use your record to keep tract of physical activity. Physical activity and food records go hand in hand. Whether you engage in running, walking, floor exercises, yoga, etc., all physical activity is an important part of health and weight management. You can balance out some of your eating through physical activity. Mix it up. You don’t need to do the same activity each day, but it is good to make note of what you do. This information will also be helpful when you are trying to determine if you need to step things up.
Use your record to investigate what has upset your system when a medical condition flares. An important use for your food record is to check on what might have caused a flare up of a health or allergy condition. For example, I’ve been able to determine many triggers to my reflux by analyzing my food records.
Use your food record to ensure you are eating the rainbow. We know that eating the rainbow, brightly colored fruits and veggies, gives you the best health advantages. Food records will point out to you want colors might be missing.
How to keep records.
You should keep food records in a manner that is most helpful to you and comfortable to you. If carrying an index card each day or a small notebook and just jotting down the food you eat is the most helpful, do it. There are some apps, such as Lose It that are designed to keep track of what you eat as well as weight and exercise. You might want to try one of them. The point is to be consistent so you have the information you need when the time comes.
Food records can be a valuable investment of time and effort. Give it a try and see if it’s for you.