How Food Journaling Can Help You Get Healthier

    Mari L. McCarthy March 15, 2012

    Guest Blog Post by Tom Corson-Knowles

    Food journaling is one of the most powerful things you can do to transform your relationshipFood Journaling resized 600 to your food and live a healthy lifestyle!

    If you've ever journaled before, you know how powerful it can be. You just get these thoughts and ideas, seemingly from nowhere, that can make a huge difference in your life. Well, the same is true for food journaling.

    How To Start a Food Journal

    Starting a food journal is easy! Just get a small notebook that you like and carry it with you throughout the day. You can put it in your purse, or for guys, just keep a small one in your pocket.

    Throughout the day, everytime you eat something just write it down in the food journal. Don't worry about counting calories or anything like that - just write down what you eat and drink as you go through the day. Remember, food journaling is NOT about judging yourself! It's not about what's good or bad or write or wrong - it's just a simple process of recording what you eat each day.

    When you let go of any judgment you have about what you eat, you'll feel much better about yourself and find it a lot easier to make positive changes without any guilt or shame.

    How To Use Your Food Journal

    The most powerful part of food journaling is not just writing it down - it's reviewing your journal and reflecting on the food you eat.

    At the end of every day, look at your journal for the day and ask yourself these questions,

    "Did I enjoy my food today?" Which foods did you enjoy most? Which foods did you not like? Which foods made you feel good afterwards? Which foods made you feel bad or gave you a stomach ache?

    Next, ask yourself "Which of the foods I ate today supported and nourished my body and health? Which foods did not support my health?"

    Next, ask yourself, "If I could change one thing about what I ate today, what would it be?" Then aim to make that small change the next day. Just one change at a time! Start small and you'll see huge results over time.

    Always remember this - a food journal is just a tool. The tool has no power on its own. It's all about how you use it! If you just use your food journal for a few days and get rid of it, it won't do you much good. But if you really are diligent with it and reflect on your food choices and notice what foods make you feel good and which make you feel bad, you will naturally make small changes every day in your food choices that will eventually help you reach all of your health and weight management goals!

    About the Author

    Tom Corson-Knowles, founder of Authentic Health Coaching. You can get Dr. Candace Corson's Top 5 Nutrition Tips Report for free at