Seeing as I received so much positive feedback when I gave you a look inside my blog planner last week I thought you might also enjoy seeing inside my food diary. I began documenting my meals in 2014 and have been doing so for the best part of two years. (There were a few months from September 2015 – January 2016 where it fell by the wayside but other than that I’ve kept it up).
I initially started recording what I ate in an effort to be more healthy and it does work. For example, if you eat an apple you feel good about writing it down but if all you’ve eaten that day is chocolate it does make you feel slightly guilty. Of course that’s not to say you can’t indulge and have a treat now and again but I like the control it gives, it tests my willpower and makes me feel good knowing I have a balanced diet. As you will see my diet isn’t ‘perfect’ and hasn’t been the best these past few weeks but I’m still getting over being sick and working my way back into an eating plan and exercise routine. I also record any exercise I do but as you will see again, there hasn’t been a lot of that happening either.
Like my blog planner I use Typo’s Spinout notebooks. They come in a range of patterns and designs and they feature an elastic closure and the pages are lined. I find the A5 size perfect for using as a food diary and I can normally fit a week’s worth of food across a double page spread. These notebooks last me around eight months so it’s exceptional value. Typo quite often have offers on these notebooks as well – I always try to pick a couple up when I see a cover or quote I really like.
Also, like my blog planner I colour code. I use light blue for the day/date at the start of each day and for recording all my food and exercise. I also record the times I eat and times I exercise; orange for food, green for exercise. I record the number of minutes I exercise for in purple and the amount of calories I’ve burnt in pink. (The calories only get recorded when I Exercycle as it has a calorie counter).
Click images to enlarge. (Sorry about the quality, we’ve had gloomy mornings all week).
Although I record what I eat one thing I would like to try is meal planning. That would help me stick to a schedule and make it less likely for me to be tempted by goodies and treats. If you have any further questions or would like me to clarify anything, leave a comment below. Thanks for reading!