Personal Diet Journal

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Writing can be good for the soul - and for losing and maintaining recommended healthy weight as well.  

Pull out your favorite writing pen - the one with the yellow-headed troll bouncing on the top. That's right, that's the one.

Next, dig out some chocolate-scented paper and let's get that roller ball working to help you lose and maintain your healthy weight. This time those unhealthy pounds are going to 'keep out of your life' forever.

About Your Personal Diet Journal

Just by jotting down your day-to-day eating experiences, you'll have a window to gaze through that can tell you so much information about your eating habits, the times of day that you find most difficult to resist eating, how you feel when you eat certain foods and so forth. 

Through this adventure you may even discover that you are allergic to certain foods, such as strawberries or shrimp. You may find that eating some foods triggers headaches - while other foods cause you to experience water retention issues or bloating.

In addition, you will be able to quickly identify foods that don't agree with your digestive system.

A Personal Journal is Excess for Assisting in Weight Maintenance Via Tracking

Most importantly, this tool will assist you in maintaining your new weight because it simply 'tracks' what you eat, what you weigh, and other notes relating to your weight journey. And you can view everything in a capsule.

This doesn't mean that you'll need to keep a journal or a diary until the day you sprout wings; but it will assist for those first very trying months after the weight is gone - and yes, while you lose the weight. As you can see, the diet journal comes with many positives.

Your personal diet journal, or diary, might contain any of the following:

Record of Weigh-In's

Daily or weekly weigh-ins; don't allow too much time to waft by before getting onto the bathroom scales. Don't fear those numbers; the bathroom scales are to assist in catching weight gain before it rumbles out of control.

Foods Which Cause Sensitivity Issues

Foods that trigger stress and foods that begat headaches and other health issues; once those types of foods are identified you can avoid them and you'll feel a whole lot better.

Eating Patterns

Dining and snack times; these are important times to note because what you eat influences what you weigh more than another other element of life - yes, even more than activity.

Miscellaneous Health & Personal Habit Notes

General notes; write down your moods for the day when you feel like they may be related to the foods that you ate. Also, watch how stress impacts your daily diet. Did you eat more? Eat less? Did you crave foods that brought comfort? Were those foods minimal in calories - like a cup of chicken soup OR were they naughty, as in a plate of cookies?

Record of Exercise & Activity

Exercises and your duration; this is an interesting element to study as your life progresses. Before you lost those unhealthy pounds you more likely than not weren't busting your bottom via exercise.

When you first started to move - it may have been challenging to workout out or even walk at a brisk pace for more than five minutes. But as your muscles, stamina and endurance level strengthened - you were suddenly able to walk half an hour. If you don't like exercise - even ten minutes of walking per day is better than nothing.

Medical History

Medical facts about you; and it's a good idea to include the information provided to you by your nurse or doctor such as current cholesterol, blood pressure and blood sugar readings.

It's too easy to forget that information once you leave the doctor's office. And by documenting the data, you can see how your health progresses over time. Let's discuss this a bit more below.

Keeping a Personal Medical Journal

I've always recommended that people keep a personal journal to make note of certain health problems that have impacted their lives over the years. For example, whenever a person gets the flu, or a side ache, or a toothache - it's wise to keep a record of these events.  

Your doctor would certainly benefit from your medical journal. A recurring toothache can indicate an ear-related problem or a sinus problem, or even head-related trauma rather than an existing tooth problem (my, that's a lot of problems!).  And it's very difficult as time goes by to remember those prior surgery dates. How many times have you visited the doctor to be pounded by these types of questions - when, where, how and what? And the older one gets, the more it hurts that little noggin to press those dates from the memory because it just isn't what it used to be.

By jotting down particular incidents related to your health, you can easily provide this pertinent information to your doctor. And the information, when documented over time, may even assist in identifying an underlying condition such as diabetes or a heart related condition.

 

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