Reaching your health goals isn’t just about changing what you eat and how much you exercise. It’s about understanding the connection between the two, and that’s where a food journal comes in.  Being healthy doesn’t have to be hard – especially when you have the right tools. A food journal is a great way to stay on top of your nutrition goals, and it’s easy to get started.

Read on for the 411 on why food journals can be a powerful tool to help you reach your health goals!  Let’s see how it works!


What Is A Food Journal

A food journal is simply a way of recording everything that goes into your body—meals, snacks, drinks, etc. It’s not just a list of what you ate; it also includes details like portion sizes, ingredients, and even how you felt before and after eating. This information helps form an overall picture of how different foods affect your energy levels, moods, and cravings.

Writing down what you eat helps put things into perspective; it’s easier to see just how much (or how little) food you are actually consuming when everything is written down. It also allows you to track any patterns or trends in your eating habits that may be contributing to weight gain or other health issues. For instance, if you find yourself snacking more than usual on weekdays but not on weekends, that could be an indication that something else is going on—perhaps stress at work or lack of sleep—that needs to be addressed.



Why Should I Keep A Food Journal

When it comes to making changes to your diet and lifestyle that lead to better overall health, knowledge is power. A food journal helps women over 40 track their nutritional intake so they can make informed decisions about the foods they choose to put in their bodies. It also makes it easier to identify trends in cravings or fluctuation in energy levels which can help pinpoint any potential issues or deficiencies that may be causing problems. Plus, by tracking progress in this way, it’s easier to stay motivated and celebrate successes along the way!

By keeping a food journal, you’ll be able to track your progress and make sure you’re staying on the path toward good health. You can monitor how many servings of fruits and vegetables you’re eating each day, or how much sugar or sodium is entering your system. This will give you an idea of what works for your body and help you adjust your diet accordingly.

How Do I Get Started With A Food Journal

Getting started with a food journal doesn’t have to be intimidating or time-consuming – all you need is pen and paper (or if you prefer to go digital, there are apps available too). Start by writing down everything you consume throughout the day – from meals and snacks all the way down to coffee breaks – as well as how much water you drink (which is essential!). Then add notes about how certain foods make you feel physically or emotionally; this will help create an overall picture of how certain foods affect your body. Finally, set reasonable goals for yourself (like cutting out processed sugars) and use your food journal as a tool for achieving them!

Learn New Habits

If you want to start making healthier choices, a food journal can be the perfect way to do it. Writing down what you eat forces you to think about what goes into your body and helps create new habits that focus on wellness. You’ll be able to look back at past entries and see which recipes worked best for your body so that in the future, you can make better decisions about what foods are right for you.

Set Goals

A food journal is also an effective tool for setting goals and tracking them over time. For example, if your goal is to reduce sugar intake, keeping a food journal will allow you to see exactly how much sugar enters your body each day. You’ll be able to track this progress over time by looking back at past entries, allowing you to make small adjustments as necessary until you reach your desired outcome.

A food journal can also serve as an accountability tool; seeing what you have eaten each day (and in what quantities) can help motivate you to make healthier choices in the future. Plus, if your goal is weight loss, having a visual representation of your calorie intake can make it easier for you to stay within your target range.

Track Your Progress

Finally, a food journal helps keep track of your progress over time so that you can easily identify areas where improvements need to be made. For example, if after a few weeks of keeping a food journal, you notice that most days still include sugary snacks or processed foods, then this should serve as motivation for making some dietary changes going forward. Or maybe after multiple entries tracking sleep patterns and food intake reveals that late-night snacking could be causing weight gain—this would require adjustments in when and how much one eats before bedtime!


Food journals can be incredibly empowering tools for helping you achieve your health goals. Not only do they provide an objective record of what we eat but also give us insight into our relationship with food—by noting things like portion size, ingredients used, and cravings experienced before/after meals—which leads us towards better understanding our individual needs when it comes to nutrition.

With a few simple steps—like tracking progress, learning new habits, and setting measurable goals—you’ll soon find yourself on the path toward better health!  Tracking patterns over time makes it easier to identify areas where improvements need to be made in order for you to reach the desired outcome.

A food journal is a good starting point for better nutrition.  However, working with a nutrition professional can really help you zero in on which areas you need to work on and help you devise a personalized nutrition plan that works for you, not the other way around.  If this resonates with you, check out my Signature Coaching Program to kick-start your health this year.


  • Susan Taylor, RDN LD

    Meet Susan, registered dietitian / nutritionist and fellow autoimmune warrior who is dedicated to helping women with autoimmune disease get their groove back. With the right diet and lifestyle changes, Susan empowers her clients to take control of their health and feel their best. When she's not busy saving the world you can find Susan strolling along the beach, jet-setting to new destinations, and soaking up quality time with family & friends.

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