So I have been keeping a food journal for the past several months. I was recording most every calorie I ingested, including coffee, candy, drinks, snacks, and all meals.
This helped me see my eating patterns and my areas of weakness, and foods I don't eat enough of.
I also used this journal to log my workouts and runs, and how I felt after each one.
That being said, seeing all those days in writing where I ate way too many calories, or completely skipped my workout.....ended up depressing me so much that it was almost better if I didn't write that stuff down!
So, instead of being a motivational & educational thing, it ended up being another "to-do" thing that I kept failing at.
So, I stopped keeping a food journal a few weeks ago, and I'm glad to be free of it!
Since I stopped writing in my food journal, I've been running more regularly and I've been incorporating more weight lifting into my workouts.
Since stopping my food journal I've actually lost about 4 pounds! Yippee!
So, I know enough about healthy foods now to know approximately how many calories I'm eating, so I don't need the food diary anymore!
Food journals work for a lot of people, especially those folks new to eating healthy, whole foods and watching their caloric intake. But after awhile the usefulness should wear off and you should be able to estimate your daily calories on your own. This is what I did!
So what I'm trying to say is that I enjoyed keeping my food diary and it helped educate me about what I'm eating, but I'm glad to be rid of it!
But I encourage those just starting out on an exercise and eating healthy lifestyle to give a food journal a try!