Food Log or Journal

By hollysmom1 Latest Reply 2012-08-09 00:23:13 -0500
Started 2012-07-21 22:23:40 -0500

I have a dr's appointment on Monday and I know I've gained another 2 pounds. I need to work harder and get myself back on track. I also know it's not going to happen overnight, but some of my research indicates that a number of people do really well when they keep a food log and, of course, are honest about it. While I do spend a lot of time online, I don't always have access to a computer that I can access an online program on during the day. Does anyone know of a good hard copy journal, either a form or a book? I would appreciate any info you might be able to share with me.

17 replies

Jeanette Terry
Jeanette Terry 2012-07-26 19:33:11 -0500 Report

Here is a link to to our tools download page where you may find some other useful tools including a low carb recipe book and blood sugar tracker. Not a food log but still could be helpful.

great choice
great choice 2012-07-27 00:20:35 -0500 Report


Tony5657 2012-07-27 08:01:15 -0500 Report

I also welcome you. There is a wealth of great information & personal help here. You will need discipline, but you'll find encouragement here that will help that "discipline" come a little easier. Tony5657 in New Branufels, TX

hollysmom1 2012-07-26 10:33:54 -0500 Report

Thank you to everyone who offered advice about what seems to work for them. I do still need to watch what I eat, as I need to take off some weight, but my A1C has actually started to come back down and my doctor was pleased with that. I'm not sure what format is going to work the best for me, but at least I have some good ideas to get me started. I love the support of this community!

Lakeland 2012-07-25 20:02:24 -0500 Report

my diabetes classes had a simple sheet. Date breakfast, snack, lunch, snack, dinner & a box for exercise. I need to get back on that. when I felt I had to present it, I was very strict with myself but now I do alot of cheating. I did lose 40 pounds & with that I tested my blood so I could tell which foods spiked my sugars

"Sue" 2012-07-23 16:38:03 -0500 Report

I also have to keep a food journal book too . I always have a big problem with that . I can start with doing breakfast and by lunch time , —it gets to be harder for me to foucs on it . I need this to so that I can get my bloodsugars down to areasonable reading too .

DeanaG 2012-07-22 22:34:00 -0500 Report

Calorie King has a food journal available.
I bought mine from Amazon. com for a little over $3. It has columns for calories, carbs & fat, it also has sections for water intake and exercise. There is weekly summary pages also.
It was a great help to me over the past year.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2012-07-22 20:57:25 -0500 Report

When I first was diagnosed, I went on Microsoft Excel and created a spreadsheet for each day of the week. It included columns for Date, Breakfast, snack, lunch, snack, dinner, snack. I only have to test once a day so I added a column for readings after each meal in the event that I had to test more than once a day. When my doctor said he needed to see what I was eating, I printed it out and took it with me. He also liked that I included my readings. It helped me learn what spiked my blood sugar and it also helped him see how well I was controlling my blood sugar.

You don't need an elaborate book for this. You can use any kind of book you want as long as you can get the information in it as you see fit.

JSJB 2012-07-23 03:29:54 -0500 Report

I also created a spread sheet and it does help when you want to see what spiked your test.

GabbyPA 2012-07-22 12:19:05 -0500 Report

I just use a simple note book for mine. It gives me room to write down what I need to track and also to put personal notes in there like how I feel or what I did for exercise. I have tries pre-made books, but I always end up going back to a blank kind of journal.

Mas72 2012-07-22 07:36:14 -0500 Report

There are some really great apps out there if you use a smartphone, GoMeals is a free app that is based on the calorie king book. Calorie Counter is another good one, some are better if you eat out a lot, others if you cook at home, some have more extensive logging functions than others…experiment and see what match your needs best. Lots of really good free options though, I'd start there b4 purchasing any paid versions. Using the food log is a great way to start identifying patterns connecting to glucose readings to types of food intake, and then making additional connections to things like meds, exercise, sickness, stress, etc.

JSJB 2012-07-22 05:36:04 -0500 Report

I use a small 6 ring note book and keep a day by day food intake counting carbs. I also keep track of my blood sugar readings, and blood pressure. You can set it up to a way that suites you. The only time I write about my meds is if I forget to take the evening met. It beats uploading programs. I also enter the data to a spread sheet on my desk top and print out a copy for my dr.

ShellyLargent 2012-07-22 00:15:12 -0500 Report

You can always use a day planner to write down your meals and snacks. Walmart has fairly inexpensive ones. Also, if you don't already have one, a carb and calorie counting book like The Calorie King' book is very helpful. I use My Fitness Pal online and with my phone to keep track of my carb and calorie intakes. It's free to sign up for an account and the app for your phone is free as well.

hollysmom1 2012-07-22 04:40:35 -0500 Report

Shelly I am using my day planner to keep track of my meds, bg readings and other info for my dr appointments as well as my schedule. I'm not sure at this ppint there's enough room to keep a complete food log as well. I do have a couple of carb & calorie books. I will look into the Fitness Pal program. Thanks for the info.