Why use a food journal?
1. To note exactly what you are consuming and how it makes you feel. Do you have a goal in mind of how you would like to eat, relate to food, feel, look?
2. It may reveal food sensitivities or intolerances that you were not taking notice of and thus journaling can really help in improving your overall health and energy levels.
3. To try to introduce new foods, new ingredients, for opening new recipe books. This may lead you to really sourcing the best quality products in new shops or in different areas of town.
4. Consistent tracking = awareness = behavioural change. That is to say, the act of writing and recording data reveals patterning and this is often the catalyst for the laying down of new good habits and routines that benefit our health.
5. To look back as a reference for good food weeks when you can´t decide what to buy or eat. It just makes life easier and you are less likely to go “off track”.
6. This planning and documenting helps you feel in control of your nutrition. It makes you realise how much you care about your body and how food affects us on every level physically, mentally and emotionally.
7. To plan your meals and your shopping. Food planning gives you self control which is known to be essential when we have poor eating and drinking habits. Even if you have a great diet already, it “ switches it up a notch”.
8. It can be a great resource for providing insightful information to health advisors such as doctors, nutritionist, personal trainers.
9. To be able to see clearly poor food choices and patterns that have become bad habits.
10. You can see not only daily and weekly patterns, but also how the moon cycle and seasons affect us. It´s also great to eat with the seasons not just on a nutritious connect- with-the-earth level but also for economies sake too.
Feedback from My Food Journal users
“In my experience it is the step by step small daily changes in habits that impact one’s wellbeing the most and that is why I will be recommending Kay’s journal to those who come to work with me on their health. It is a wonderful tool to reflect both the good and dispensable inspiring that evolutionary change.”
Francesca Hillman BSc (TCM)
“The size, look and feel of it are just right. It’s big enough to write in yet small enough to be portable. You could sit on the bus, tube or in a coffee shop and use it.
…….. I love the fact that you show us how to use the journal. I found the example journal page really useful. I am a journal addict and am forever buying them but often they just sit at home as I’m sure one day the perfect use will come along… However, I know I’ll use this one as it has a specific purpose and you have given an example, one that relates to real life too.”
“I’m loving my journal. I decided to start the candida diet on the day I started to use the journal. It has been a roller coaster week – but the journal has kept me focused. The water reminder/checker is fantastic – and I keep flushing the toxins from my system. I have already entered the recipe for coconut bread in the back of the journal! This journal has been my support during week one and I look forward to tracking the changes as my energy increases from the diet and the candida die off diminishes.
I shall enjoy looking back through the different stages of healing and recovery. Brilliant idea! Well done Kay!”
Consistent tracking = awareness = behavioural change
The act of writing and recording data reveals patterning and this is often the catalyst for the laying down of new good habits and routines that benefit our health.
This planning and documenting helps you feel in control of your nutrition. It makes you realise how much you care about your body and how food affects us on every level physically, mentally and emotionally.