Recording your calories, carbs, ets.

By Coopie19 Latest Reply 2015-02-06 04:38:43 -0600
Started 2015-02-01 22:51:34 -0600

How do you guys record your calories, carbs, meats, fats , veggies, fruts, etc. I am not good at making a chart on the computer to enter them in. My doctor wants me to do this for a few months so I can bring it in to her to see. Does anyone have one out there that I could borrow to start one for myself? I am new at this and trying to figure it all out not real sure on how to calculate the carbs that includes dairy,fruit and starch but I am slowly learning.

Thanks in advance for all your help in this matter.

22 replies

justfine 2015-02-06 04:38:43 -0600 Report

Try a website and it will keep track of your calories, will give you how much fat, sodium, carbs, calories, etc. that are in the food you eat and also keeps track of your exercise. Hope this helps.

Papanna 2015-02-05 03:34:17 -0600 Report

Please search google there it may be avilable for all food items calorie protein carb and fat etc

Refined Ruffian
Refined Ruffian 2015-02-03 06:22:51 -0600 Report

I had hoped I could post photos in here but don't saee that as an option. So I will post a photo of the book and a few of my journal in my profile. I am newly diagnosed so have not perfected my journal yet but maybe it will give you ideas.

The book is called Choose Your Foods by the ADA and the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

I hope this helps you.

GabbyPA 2015-02-03 06:04:31 -0600 Report

I found this great little food journal on and got one for Christmas. I have used notebooks in the past, but this keeps me more neat. I tend to get sloppy along the way. LOL. I love it. One book should last about 2 months. I have already ordered my second one. It is more expensive than a notebook, but I like it because it's smaller. Whatever works for you is fine. Like Refined Ruffian, I prefer a paper version I can take with me where ever I go.

In it, it gives you times, calories, carbs, fat, proteins and a place for notes and you get to set your goals in the front. It has a place for your weight and then the daily totals.

The other thing I finally got is an electronic scale that not only weighs my food, but it tells me the nutritional value of it. So unprocessed things like fruits, veggies and meats I can just weigh and it tells me all I need to know. It really helps me stop guessing how much I ate. I have a photo of the things I use in my profile pics.

Refined Ruffian
Refined Ruffian 2015-02-02 10:26:56 -0600 Report

I also simply write down everything in a notebook. I carry it with me everywhere right now. I like the physical feel of the notebook and don't really care for using a computer for this purpose.

I rarely eat out and never eat at fast food joints so Calorie King is a bit burdensome. My nutritionist gave me a book I find very easy to use. It gives clear portion descriptions and nutritional values for foods not bought in a box. I have even written down in my notebook the values for the foods I eat most often for quick reference. I now have an accurate tally at day's end for what I ate that day. I will try to remember to message you the title of the book I am using when I get home tonight.

lilleyheidi 2015-02-02 00:55:55 -0600 Report

i honestly write things down in a notebook and go to and get all the nutritional information for the foods. calorie king also has a pocket book sized book for under 10 dollars you can buy at most any book store that has most all foods including a lot of chain restaurant foods. It becomes a habit to write it down after a very short time, like second nature, and you'll start to memorize your most regular foods in no time what their nutritional values are. Hope that helps you. Best of luck. Heidi

Coopie19 2015-02-02 10:30:46 -0600 Report

Thank you I will look for that book tomorrow when I leave the doctors office. What all do you record?

lilleyheidi 2015-02-02 23:45:58 -0600 Report

I keep a log of every thing I eat, and the calorie and carb content. I'm not as good as Refined Ruffian and do the fat and protein, but that probably isn't a bad idea. I'm primarily concerned for my particular eating plan on the calorie and carb intake. I only weigh myself once a week, but I'm mainly concerned with what the weights are when I see my endo as those are the weights i offically go by.
I also keep a log of my Blood Glucose
I think RR is good to do it the way he does to have something a bit more concise to bring to his nutritionist especially the exercise log.

Refined Ruffian
Refined Ruffian 2015-02-02 12:40:09 -0600 Report

I record my Blood Sugar, Weight, and Blood Pressure every morning. I am not sure the BP is necessary but is easy enough to do. I do sometimes check my Blood Sugar at other times, but I am newly diagnosed and still getting used to this testing thing.

I record what is in each meal and the following nutritional values; Calories, Carbohyrates, Fat, and Protein. I tally for each meal and then for the day. I have only been doing this for a few days. I am shocked to see how I don't seem to be hitting the minimums. I am concerned I may be doing something wrong, or I truly am eating too little right now. I will record for a few more weeks then go meet with my nutritionist with my notes.

I also record my physical training for the day. I include how many (or how long) for each exercise, the weight, and how I felt. I am following a strength training program so the notes help me to determine how to progress for the next work out.

I hope this helps?

Coopie19 2015-02-02 20:25:27 -0600 Report

Thank you that helps a lot. I am going to go buy a notebook tomorrow and start. I can't exercise tight now as I have swelling and edema in both my legs with Cellutitis and have to go to the wound care clinic once a week. It is slowly getting better. I was just diagnosed about a month ago so all of this is new to me. I had to go to a nutritionist twice to learn what all I have to count and what to eat and not eat. It is hard for me as I don't cook much anymore since I live alone so I am having to really read the labels on frozen foods and learn what and how to cook for just myself..

Thanks again for all the help and if you have any good recipes you want to pass on I could use all the help I can get.

lilleyheidi 2015-02-02 23:51:02 -0600 Report

I live alone also, and hate hate hate to cook. I eat yogurt every morning with frozen mixed berries or frozen blueberries for breakfast. Once a week I boil a couple of boneless chicken breasts and chop up an onion and an apple and some celery and make a chicken salad and then make one big bowl of tossed salad and have that every day for lunch. For some variety, I will make tuna or egg salad and have that with my tossed salad. I used to have wraps for lunch, but have since cut out grains. Again, for dinner, I only cook once a week, and heat things up in the micro during the week, I really hate cooking so I find doing it all on one day helps me a lot.

Coopie19 2015-02-03 00:58:10 -0600 Report

I am completly different. I love to cook when I have someone to cook for. A coulple of years ago when I was laid off my grandson wanted me to teach him to cook He was a junior in high school and once a week I would go to my daughters and we would cook. Now that he is in college when he comes home for the weekend he will have me come over and we will cook. I enjoy showing him and spending time with him. If you have any good recipes you want to share I would love that. I am not finding too many that sound all that good yet. Thanks

jayabee52 2015-02-03 23:48:26 -0600 Report

are you aware Coop, that there is a recipe section here on DC? take a look at the top of the page You'll see a link 2nd from the left in the dark band a link for "recipes" Enjoy!

lilleyheidi 2015-02-03 01:24:06 -0600 Report

oh, i like to cook for a group, or for the family, but cooking for one is what I hate, that is why i cook once a week, i can do a big cook.. I really enjoyed teaching my son to cook when he was younger (although I swear now that he is in his 30's nothing stuck with him LOL).

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