Food Diary - How to Keep Track of What You Eat

Updated:Jan 9,2015

Notebook with coffee and appleWriting down what you eat is like seeing a day’s worth of food laid out before you.

You can identify your good habits (such as eating three daily meals and choosing healthy snacks) and your bad habits (such as snacking all day and drinking mostly sugary drinks).


How to Track Your Eating Habits 

There are many different ways to keep track of what you eat. We suggest that you write down the times you eat, the foods you eat, portion sizes (more or less), and make notes about what you were doing or feeling at the time.

At the end of the day, review your food list (Food Diary) and ask these questions:

To control hunger:
  • Did I eat three meals?
  • Did I have filling foods (including water) with every meal or every snack?
  • Did I focus on fruits, vegetable and whole grains?
To reduce calories:
Download the food diary now

Here is an example of how to use your food diary:

Food diary example



Last reviewed on 08/2014.

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