Tracking your food can be a helpful way to understand your eating patterns and a useful step to improve the foods you choose to eat. There are many APPS available where you can record your food, but an old fashioned journal can also do the trick.
A basic food journal should include:
What you are eating. Specific food and beverages. Include any sauces, condiments, dressings and creamers in your coffee.
How much you eat. If possible measure your food or do your best to estimate portions.
When you eat. Track meals for breakfast lunch and dinner, but don’t forget about snacks. This can provide additional insight to any problematic times of day.
Research shows that keeping a food journal can help people lose twice as much weight as not keeping a record.