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How To Keep A Food Journal

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  • Think about what you already own that you can easily carry with your all the time to record what you eat and drink and what happens. This can be small notebook, index cards, or perhaps a telephone which has a notes section.
  • Make note of everything you eat as you eat it or immediately after eating. Do not rely on your memory - even for an hour or two.
  • For each day, record the following 
    • Food
      • What food
      • How the food is cooked (for example, boiled, steamed, fried, grilled)
      • How spicey the food is (for example, on a scale of 1 - 5)
      • The amount or size. (If you know the measure, perfect. If not, use approximations, such as "fist size". To help make your descriptions consistent, consider writing a separate page of descriptions that work for you that you can refer to.)
      • The time
    • Liquid
      • Identify the liquid (water, Pepsi, orange juice etc)
      • Quantity
      • Whether it is hot, cold or room temperature
      • The time
    • Effects, such as:
      • Gas
      • Odor
      • Poop (including whether it is solid, soft or runny)
      • The time
    • The type, amount and time of exercise.
    • Non-food related occurrences that could affect your digestion. For example, high stress at work, illness or death of a loved one, unusual financial difficulties.

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