food log

By redwingluver9398 Latest Reply 2009-09-19 08:25:28 -0500
Started 2009-09-17 10:24:54 -0500

Does anyone write down everything they eat? I have thought about doing it, but then my son got the flu and kinda took my free time…lol Now that he's on the mend, I'm thinking of doing one to see if I can find a correlation between what I've eaten and what my numbers are…you sure won't eat those chips if you have to write it down and be accountable for it! LOL

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redwingluver9398 2009-09-19 04:13:29 -0500 Report

thanks to everyone who replied. I started mine today and was a lot more aware of the food I put in my mouth than previously, and I managed to stay under 100g of carbs…a feat I had thought was impossible before! LOL I will check out that program…I love anything free! ;)

Pauline B
Pauline B 2009-09-19 00:51:16 -0500 Report

When I am serious about losing weight I track EVERYTHING I eat in a computer program called Keeping track is the only way I've found to be totally conscious of what I am eating. The computer program (free)has a good listing of foods, and you can add your own. There's room to track exercise, moods, and other info.

Harlen 2009-09-17 13:00:03 -0500 Report

I do it every day
day in day out and it helps me to keep to what I shoud eat and it is hard to lie to your self so I have ben dropping the lbs a little at a time weeeeeee

GabbyPA 2009-09-17 12:04:56 -0500 Report

Yes, yes and yes. A food log is your best friend. While I was learning what was going on in my body (and any time I make a big change in my routine) I test before each meal, write down what I ate and how much. (I also do a carb, calorie, fat, and sodium break down, but don't start with that, you will go crazy. LOL)
Then I test 2 hours after my meal and see how my body reacted. I note if I took meds with my meal and I also write down snacks.
This has helped me so much understand diabetes, what foods I can eat and what foods I should avoid. It helps me find patterns and it also keeps me disciplined.

Exercise is another thing I keep track of in my book, and I can see how days that I exercise well, my levels do better. It is a great motivation too, to see improvements because of things I do. It helps me understand what I can do better and gets me off my butt on lazy days. LOL

I just moved and am still getting back into my groove on the log, but it is a tremendous help. Each month I also average all my numbers and find my trouble spots, then I do a quarterly average as well, so I can get a feeling of what my A1c might be.

It is a hard thing to do and it does take time and experimenting to see how you want to do it, but it is my life saver. Keeps me honest too! I just use a spiral notebook and use one page for my whole day. I also write down emotions or events that happen because sometimes it isn't what you eat as much as what your body is going thru emotionally or physically.

It is also my best friend when I go to visit my doctor. I have all that information ready for him and it often generates questions I can ask him on how to improve what I am doing.

Good luck, and go for it. Be patient with it, and it will come natural. It has taken me about a year to finally get it the way I want, so keep on trying.

redwingluver9398 2009-09-19 04:20:27 -0500 Report

thanks for all the info Gabby! I took to writing the time, my BG, what I ate and the carbs. I figured that was a good start. Right now I just have a little journal that I use, but I am going to look into the computer program too, it might help!

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