Food Diary

By Anonymous Latest Reply 2010-04-04 20:57:38 -0500
Started 2010-04-03 12:16:04 -0500

Having not eaten during the night for 30 plus nights (thank you all again for your support), I am now keeping a food diary. I am on day 6. It is work to keep it (pain in the a**, really, but a life is at stake), but I am seeing definite pattern: CHO intake not too bad, but intake of fat is way out of control, protein a little low sometimes. I am now motivated to keep going with diary because I want to see if this pattern maintains over 30 days. Of course, I'd be happy if fat intake dropped over the next few days. Anyone else keep a food diary? What tips do you have for me? What did you learn from your food diary?

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GabbyPA 2010-04-04 17:10:24 -0500 Report

I am not at the time, and it shows. Like you said, it really is revealing and a pain in the butt. LOL I had a great habit going for over 6 months and then all kinds of things happened and discipline when out the window. You are inspiring me to get back into the swing.

When I am keeping a journal I do so much better. It seems that when I have to write down what I eat, it makes me more aware and lees inclined to eat things I do not what to show my doctor. LOL

I usually do a running log for for the week. Then I average out everything. I keep tabs on quantity, food type, carb counts, fats, proteins, sodium, calories and fiber. I also log my exercise for each day and my testing numbers all in the same book. (I use a spiral notebook) I will even include major events that happen that might stress me out or make me happy. Those things have effects on our levels as well.
Once I have a week, I do my averages. Then I take my weekly averages and do a monthly average. This really begins to show me my patterns.

One of the main things I learned is that I tend to balance myself out. I may have a week of wacked out numbers, but then when you average them out, it is not so bad overall. It helped me not to freak out if I eat that bit of indulgence, as long as I keep it in check.
I also find that my sodium is too high. That is the hardest thing to keep down for me. And I don't add a lot of salt to my foods, it's just everywhere! LOL

Don't freak out on your fats if they are good fats. Of course, that depends too on the calories you want to take in. But good fats are needed and if you are eating more of those (olive oil, nuts, seeds, fish...) that is better than eating the cheese, butter and meat fats.

I am glad you are discovering this tool. It really is one of the best things we have. I take mine with me to the doctor to show him what I am doing. He appreciates my efforts. The results will show.

Anonymous 2010-04-04 20:50:19 -0500 Report

Gabby - I do use olive oil (and canola and peanut oil) in cooking, but I also use a fair amount of butter for the flavor. I am already on a statin so I do need to work on this. Freak out? Noooo (Daddy used to say you are either going to die in a doctor's office or outside a doctor's office), but I really need quality of life without a heart attack, loss of limb or kidney function or eyesight. I am pushing 40 years of diabetes without those complications so I am really motivated. Daddy died outside of a doctor's office but with only one of his legs due to diabetic complications. No pun intended, but I don't want to follow in his footsteps. Let us know how it goes with your getting restarted with food diary..Best wishes!

spiritwalker 2010-04-03 20:23:22 -0500 Report

The first couple of years I did keep a food journal. Now its more of an
all purpose diabetic journal. I keep track of anything that my Endo
would be interested in and questions which I have for him. I take to Dr.
visits. I also keep a record of all my lab results in it. It helps me stay
on target.

Harlen 2010-04-03 15:21:02 -0500 Report

I did for 2 years you get to know what foods do what to you and you know just how much you take in.I was shocked to know just how much I was eatting and when lol
Keep up ther great work
Best wishes

Anonymous 2010-04-03 15:28:59 -0500 Report

Thanks, Harlan for the encouragement. With you being a chef it means a lot to hear you recommend and support this activity. By the way, how many grams of carbs are in a chocolate Easter bunny's tail? "Fur too many"…Yuck, Yuck, Yuck..who says you can't have diabetes AND a sense of humor?

Alyssa512 2010-04-03 20:12:25 -0500 Report

LOL That's a funny diabetic friendly easter joke. I have never kept a food diary but a few years I kept a calorie/fat diary but that was for weight loss. Since becoming diabetic I haven't thought about doing that. Great idea! Thanks!

Anonymous 2010-04-04 20:57:38 -0500 Report

Alyssa - I did a long time ago for weight loss, too, but there was no where near the nutritional information available then that there is now. Also back then (I'm really dating myself) there were no computers or software. This time around I set up an Excel spreadsheet and found all sorts of websites that give nutritional data on generic and brand name and restaraunt foods. Labels on foods really help too. I invested in a food scale that has 999 foods preprogammed so all I have to do is weigh something and have the scale tell me the fats, CHO, proteins, etc. Much less math. It still feels like a full time job, though. Sorry, I know I am not very attractive when I start whining. Thank God I'm alive and have my eyesight to be able to see to do this. Take care and stay in touch!