You might already be proactive in thinking about the food you eat but keeping a food diary could be the perfect inspiration to an even healthier lifestyle. It might seem like a hassle but it can really be worth the effort!
By tracking what and when you eat, you can see what your eating habits are like and find ideas on how you can improve them. And the process of filling in your diary can help you become more aware of how often you may be eating unnecessary extras.
It can lead to an instant change when you realise what you've eaten.
Also taking note of what you've eaten can lead to rewards and surprises. "Have I eaten a balanced and healthy lunch all working week ? Well, it looks like this little cupcake comes guilt free!"
Keeping a food diary is easy. Just write down what you've eaten and make sure you cross off the glasses of water, and there is also a spot where you can keep track of your exercise.
If you are interested in finding out the amount of fat, protein, carbs, fibre, and kilojoules/calories you've eaten, Google will point you to the hundreds of online calorie counters, such as calorieking.com.au. Or you could check the nutritional information on your food labels.
Remember, your diary depends on you being honest. Write it all down. It will be hard at first but think of the rewards! Keep your diary with you. Take it to work. Take it with you if you're going away for the weekend. If you don't like what you're seeing, don't be too hard on yourself. Don't force yourself into instant results. Take it one day at a time. And when you've done well, be proud of yourself!
Click here to download a Health Diary example.