Good news: You can help improve your diet and control your diabetes if you write down what you eat. You may even lose weight if you record all of your meals and snacks in a food journal. Have you ever kept a personal diary or even a journal?
Just as your diary helps you sort out your thoughts, a food journal can help you figure out what foods to add or take out of your meal plan.
FOOD JOURNAL BENEFITS
When you honestly write down what you eat, you will see clues that will help you improve your meal plan. A food journal will allow you to:
- See your eating patterns and help you and your healthcare provider determine any dietary changes you may need.
- Find out what foods affect your blood glucose levels and pinpoint why you didn’t lose weight, or why your blood glucose levels are high or low at certain times.
- Figure out why you’re hungry in the mid-afternoon or why you overeat during dinner.
A food journal can help you see how your food affects your blood glucose levels and your moods.
You can change what you eat and improve your health.
Keeping a food journal can help you take— and maintain— control of your diabetes.