Food Journal???

By fraejo Latest Reply 2011-07-26 17:44:04 -0500
Started 2011-07-13 10:22:58 -0500

Does anyone out there keep a food journal? I never have because it seemed like such a hassle. Then 2 days ago I discovered I love it! Food tracker with nutritional info, journal, diet, exercise… it has it all and it's free! I don't mind plugging in info online and getting to see the total carbs, fats, protein, and calories in what I'm putting in my mouth. And being able to create custom food lists (like when you always eat certain meals) is a real plus. Has anyone else used this site?

49 replies

echowit 2011-07-26 08:35:46 -0500 Report

I've used an Excel spreadsheet since diagnosis (June 2010) and at first, like LadyKDC below, was shocked at (and didn't believe) my food intake. Since then my daily averages are down and in control. AM blood glucose 164 down to 95 and weight 206 down to 177. So far so good. I think using graphs to compare results to intake has helped me a lot. Definately think it's worth the hassle.

fraejo 2011-07-26 17:44:04 -0500 Report

I've been keeping track of everything I eat and cutting carbs but I still can't get my morning BG below 100. Closest I've come is 102, and that was by eating next to nothing! It's a little discouraging. Eating "normally" - just cutting carbs- my morning BG is running from 111 to 129. What,s really bothering me is my after meal levels. 1 and 2 hours after eating my levels are still through the roof. (150 - 200).

2011-07-16 18:54:57 -0500 Report

I keep a food & calorie intake journal. I do it just so I don't go over 1000 calories a day. I'm not on insulin. But it's a good idea if you want to keep track of the foods you ate and how much wt you would like to loose. Been keeping one for the past few years. It's helped me tremendously. Although spandex is still my # 1 enemy. Will not go near the bathing suit dept.

fraejo 2011-07-17 09:53:46 -0500 Report

Spandex is not my friend either - except when it's in jeans : - ) Don"t get that tight right after washing feeling!

2011-07-17 13:47:34 -0500 Report

You're absolutely right fraejo. But bicycle pants as well as ALL types of bathing suits should be outlawed!! By any1 who weighs over 150 lbs as well as as much belly fat (or loose skin, like I have) that bunches up in rolls. IT SHOULD BE OUTLAWED!!!! It's scary when I see women wearing it! It gives me nightmares!! :D

nzingha 2011-07-16 14:59:12 -0500 Report

since i am newto insulin.. i have been keeping a journal.. as i write down my numbers.. i put what i ate.. so i am knowing what spikes my sugar and whats good for me… its necessary…

MewElla 2011-07-15 15:59:12 -0500 Report

I have kept a food, exercise journal since I was diagnosed. Been a big help because I can see in black and white when some foods drive my bg#'s and others keep it down and in control…Dr and I go over my journal at my 3 mo ckups and it helps him to give me input when I need it..

EJMac 2011-07-15 15:56:08 -0500 Report

Keeping a journal of foods eaten has been the only thing that has helped me unerstand my diabetes better. I can see what foods and what amounts really affect my BS. It's a hassle at first, but after a while I just started doing it one week a month to get myself back on track.

Dixiemom 2011-07-15 09:11:52 -0500 Report

I got on the site last nite.Had a little trouble getting staarted at first but I think I've got it.It sure is nice to be able to find out how man y carbs we consume without thinking. Thanks again for the info.

cheetah1976 2011-07-14 15:21:05 -0500 Report

My diabetic doctor has me on a carb diet. I use the calorie King carb counter and food diary. I didn't realize how much I over ate until I started paying attention to serving sizes.

alaskalillady 2011-07-14 15:14:23 -0500 Report

I use to track my food. They have great resources to help with weight loss and managing diabetes. You can find me there under the user name alaskalillady. I can track diet, exercise, blood sugar and so many other things and best of all it is free!

LadyKDC 2011-07-14 10:48:49 -0500 Report

I have not heard of this website, however I have used and weight When I was told I am a diabetic, my doctor made a suggestion for me to loose weight to control the diabetes. With that being said, I joined Weight Watchers and they have a log book for daily tracking or the website. I was amazed at what I ate in one day and what was putting the weight on. I was shocked at how easy (after the first week) it has been to track all the items that go in my mouth. I track all day. At work, my log is with me at home. If I have plans to go out, I look up the menu before hand (if possible) and I can figure out what to eat with little deviation to my eating habit. The nutrition information is available for just about everything and knowing how many grams of sugar in each item and carbs is awesome. I have also read a glycemic index chart for what is high, medium and low for foods I love and really need to watch, like carrots and watermelon. I hope this will help someone.

fraejo 2011-07-14 13:06:23 -0500 Report

I've heard of weight watchers but not my fitness pal. I'll check them out to see how they compare to fit day, but I'm assuming (know I shouldn't) that the only way I can check weight watchers out is to join up.

LadyKDC 2011-07-14 13:17:52 -0500 Report

Yes, Weight Watchers you would need to join, however the journal idea I will try to keep, even if I do not belong to Weight Watchers. It keeps me focused on good healthy eating and not so much the other direction. I only became so in tune from my doctors suggestion. In my mind, I was eating pretty good and right now I can see where I was in denial. Eating out of frustration, out of habit, etc. Now I weekly plan and grocery shop with a list. More fruit and not chips. My journal has me seeing how often I eat out and habits that are good and bad. Try it for 2 weeks. I am a new person!

fraejo 2011-07-15 07:56:19 -0500 Report

I agree about the journal. I've been keeping one for only about 3 days now, and I already see my problem - eating after 8pm. When ever I do my nighttime BG is always high - and that's after waiting until bedtime (10 - 11:30pm) to check it. The one night I resisted the temptation to have a snack after 8pm my nighttime BG was 130. Last night I just had to have something crunchy and salty (lays salt and vinegar potato chips). I know - stupid, stupid, stupid! Stuck to one serving size, but my BG was 234 at 11:30pm and 131 this morning. Have I learned my lesson? Time will tell.

Crazylady58 2011-07-14 14:48:07 -0500 Report

I like the food journal idea. I tried it for several weeks at the request of my therapist years ago. At first I felt like all I did all day was obsess over what and when I ate, but it also kept me honest with myself about my eating habits and it helped me stay on track. Unfortunately at that time I was keeping it because of my depression and once we got that figured out and on track I gave up the food journal. Now lately I'm thinking that I should get back to that and stick with it. And on that note, I had my doctor's appointment on Tuesday afternoon. I lost 3 lbs since last month. I think that is due to that flu bug I had last week but I'm still happy for the weight loss.

MrsCDogg 2011-07-14 04:58:02 -0500 Report

I find that if I try to keep a food journal that I just obsess about food all day long. The same if I go on a "diet".

fraejo 2011-07-15 08:03:31 -0500 Report

I guess if I was trying to plan everything I ate I would obsess too. To be honest, my meal plans are based on what's on sale at the grocery store, lol! Right now I'm just trying to see how many carbs are in the foods/meals I normally eat anyway. At least that way I can figure out how to tweak them to reduce the carbs.

Dixiemom 2011-07-13 21:41:57 -0500 Report

Thanks for the info. I will check out this site. I keep a small notebook on the table and record each meal. I have kept one off and on for several years. I have all kinds of diet books and one gives the calories but nothing I have gives the carbs. This could be very useful for me. Will let everybody know how I do.

dfinch 2011-07-13 20:42:49 -0500 Report

My DR has me keeping a food journal but I find it hard to keep up with it. At the end of the day, I try to fill it in and sometimes have a hard time remembering what I have eaten that day. I will check out the website, maybe that will be easier. Thanks for the info.

2011-07-16 19:01:31 -0500 Report

I know it's a pain in the you know where, but if you are able to do it after each meal it's a little easier. But if you are @ work, (or out for the day) write down what you consumed and then fill in the ol' journal. Just a suggestion.

fraejo 2011-07-14 08:35:05 -0500 Report

My Dr. didn't ask me to keep one, but after being switched from pills to insulin (about 2 weeks now) I decided to do it so I could see what foods were making my BG spike. It's pretty easy to keep up with now since I'm off for the summer (I'm a teacher). I can see it being a problem once school starts up in the fall though. The website is free to use, but they offer a downloadable version for the PC. It costs about 30 bucks, but I'm thinking about it. If I download it to my netbook I can take it with me and keep track at school. I know I could never keep a paper and pencil log - it just seems like such a hassle, and I would have to look up nutritional info for everything I eat. I like being able to point and click have all that done for me like the site does.

jayabee52 2011-07-13 19:50:04 -0500 Report

Thank you so much Frances. I will check out the site. I have not done a food log recently but was thinking about doing it again. I'll have to see what it is all about.

fraejo 2011-07-14 08:38:01 -0500 Report

You're welcome! I hope you like it. I've never done a log before - at least not that I can remember : - ) Maybe when I was first diagnosed (about 9 years ago) I gave it go. It's so hard to remember - guess I'm getting old!

jayabee52 2011-07-14 10:14:05 -0500 Report

better to get old than the alternative!

Harlen 2011-07-13 19:12:00 -0500 Report

I have and do keep a log
Helps me see trends with my BS

fraejo 2011-07-13 19:45:52 -0500 Report

Do you keep it the good ol' fashioned way - paper and pencil?

Harlen 2011-07-13 19:50:17 -0500 Report


2011-07-16 19:05:27 -0500 Report

It's easier than turning the computer on every time you want to make an entry. A good old spiral notebook and a pen. Old school is sometimes a lot better than new fashion technology.

fraejo 2011-07-14 08:42:19 -0500 Report

Curious? Do you just write down the foods you eat, or do you also write how many carbs are in them?

2011-07-16 19:06:49 -0500 Report

I jot down both. Just in case the doc wants to see what I've been feeding myself.

Dixiemom 2011-07-14 08:57:24 -0500 Report

Right now I just write down what I eat. I used to count calories but then after doing South Beach diet they said carb counting was better . I hate having to look up everything on labels, takes the fun out of enjoying your food so now I sort of know what's good and what's not.

fraejo 2011-07-14 10:11:38 -0500 Report

That's why I like this fitday site. It does all that for you: counts calories, carbs, fats, proteins, and a lot more! I know I must sound like a TV commercial, but I really like what I've seen the past 3 days! And I assure you, I do not have stock or an interest in this site : - ) And I don't get any "perks" for telling people about it either. Just simply love it! Oh, and I've been using the journal feature to record my BG readings as well.

Dixiemom 2011-07-14 10:17:40 -0500 Report

I will check it out today. I have an app on my cell phone called On Track where I track my BS and weight. Could do more but chose not too.

Dixiemom 2011-07-16 21:31:02 -0500 Report

I am on the site and like it. I still writ down on paper but this calculates the carbs, so that works for me.

dgraff 2011-07-13 10:57:53 -0500 Report

I have tried to do a journal but find that I am into it for a couple of days and then I start to forget about it. I will check out that website though, maybe that will be easier. Thanks

ochibeachgirl 2011-07-13 10:28:21 -0500 Report

Thanks for the info. Never heard about the site before - will check it out. I did a journal some years ago, which helped me recognise that I am an emotional eater - stress or anything bad going on, I run to the fridge - it's easy and doesn't back answer (LOL!). Sometimes it would be nice to get that going again, as I do have eating issues. Thanks again!

fraejo 2011-07-13 19:12:32 -0500 Report

You're welcome. I have eating issues too. I eat when I'm really worried or can't sleep. I do try to make it healthy eating though. But sometimes celery and carrots just won't do : -)