Lessons Learnt From Keeping A Food Diary
A month ago, I started writing a food diary. I wanted to see what I was eating.
I’ve always known that I eat a lot of unhealthy stuff – these diaries confirmed that. I learnt I eat lots of chocolate, sweets, cake and cornish party slices. I also drink lots of coffee, but I’m not complaining about that.
I feel a month is a long enough period to get a decent overview of my eating habits. I didn’t take down enough detail to make some sort of chart. I think it would’ve taken too long and I’ve have given up sooner. I could’ve taken down nutrition information, times, and all the water I drink, but I didn’t.
Instead of writing something huge, I’m going to write a bullet list of what I know, and what I want to do to fix me. I like lists.
- I have no set meal times or eating patterns
- I never eat breakfast
- The amount I eat every day fluctuates greatly
- The lack of healthy food in my diet is startling
- Water is something I should drink a lot more of
- This poor diet makes me feel sluggish, give supreme sugar highs and insomnia
- Eat a decently sized, healthy breakfast before 10am every day
- Eat lunch between 1pm and 2pm
- Eat a proper dinner
- Eat a healthy bed time snack every day (My body shape – ectomorph – dictates I “eat before bed to prevent muscle catabolism during the night”)
- Drink much more water each day, around 2 litres
- Start exercising in some form
- Give up caffeine after 6pm (I tend to sleep at 1am)
It’s certainly not going to be easy, but I know it’s something I need to do. Not for anyone else, but for my own wellbeing and general health. Diabetes or a heart attack are inevitable of I keep going like this.
I’m not trying to be a health nut – far from it – I just want to feel better all of the time.
Wish me luck!