This Food Diary Template is color coded to make it easy to document the food you consume over the period of a week.
The PDF document is available for free download below. It’s perfect for people who are trying to watch what they eat or document their food intake for medical purposes.
The diary form makes it easy to keep track of each meal throughout the week. The chart and checklist includes cells for breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks and beverages.
Why Use a Food Diary?
Keeping a food diary or food journal can provide many benefits to your health. First, it encourages weight loss as much as double your normal efforts. It also helps you stay on top of the nutritional benefit of the food you eat.
Tracking your meals obviously makes it much easier to count calories. You can also go back in history and get a better idea how calorie intake has impacted your weight loss.
It also becomes easier to spot trends in your diet. You may determine that you are allergic or intolerant to certain foods. You may also realize that you are eating too much a specific meal or food group.
Tips for Getting Started with your Food Diary
Print out a few of these forms so you have them available. You may want to hang one in your kitchen or leave it near the table.
Write down everything you eat and drink.
You can also download Evernote or other smartphone app so you can make notes when you eat outside of your home. If you don’t have your phone with you, it might be a good idea to keep a small notepad with you or in your vehicle for convenience.