Starting a Food Journal or Log

Note: the following is an excerpt from my book, Starting From Day One: Using the Day One Journaling App to Record and Enrich Your LifeA free sample of the book can be downloaded from the iTunes store.

What we eat and how we eat can have a significant impact on our health, productivity, and overall well-being. If you have never thought much about what you eat, or if you’re trying to improve your eating habits, keeping a food log, and journal writing about what you eat can help you become more conscious about food and how you consume it.

Day OneThere are two ways you might keep a food log in Day One. You can record a week’s worth of daily entries of what you eat and drink for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and at the end of the week, write a reflection on your eating habits. By keeping your log in a single entry, you can get an overview of your meals, and at the end of the week, do some reflective writing about the what and how you ate throughout the week. If you’re trying to diet and monitor your weight, you should also keep account of the calories in each food item.

Journal Writing Prompts About Food and Eating

  • Which meals made you feel nourished?
  • Which meals made you feel undernourished?
  • How many days did you skip eating breakfast?
  • How many glasses of water did you drink?
  • How many cups of coffee did you drink each day?
  • How many times did you eat out for the week?
  •  What was your favorite meal of the week and why?
  • What food items were not particularly good for you health wise?
  • What food items or drink did you avoid this week?
  • What fruits and vegetables did you eat this week?
  • What are you doing when you skip a meal?
  • How many times did you go to the store this week to purchase food?
  • Did you cook a new dish this week, why or why not?
  • What food items did you eat too much of this week?
  • What freshly cooked items did you eat this week?
  • Which food items did you eat that were canned or boxed?
  • How many times did you eat alone, and how did that impact your eating?
  • Do you have cookbooks and a collection of recipes for trying new dishes?
  • Did you take a walk after eating dinner?
  • If you ate meals later in the evening, did you think it impacted how well you slept?
  • How much time do you usually spend preparing food?
  • Do you have enough time in your schedule to prepare nourishing meals?
  • What are specific eating and drinking habits you need to change?
  • How does writing about your food intake impact how you think about what you eat?

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Bakari Chavanu

is the creator of NaJoWriMo, and is the author of the interactive iBook, Starting From Day One: Using the Day One Journaling App to Record and Enrich Your Life
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