In today’s world of “go, go, go”, with convenience foods everywhere, eating healthy is never easy. Whether it is the vending machine at work, a much needed happy hour, or frozen meals at the grocery store, there is always something to tempt you. Not to mention the pitfalls of the holidays – yikes!
No one can eat healthy all of the time. Sorry, it simply can’t be done. However, we can strive to eat healthy more often than not. (Yes, even during the holidays). That’s where helpful tools like this free printable food journal come in handy.
Look, the truth of the matter is that you can’t do better if you don’t learn from your mistakes, and you can’t learn from your mistakes if you don’t realize you’re making them. To put this in the context of food and eating habits, in order to eat better you have to recognize when you eat poorly. This free printable food journal is an easy way to do that.
Tip: The point of the free printable food journal is not to immortalize your mistakes or punish you! Its purpose is to document what you’re eating and spot trends.
So how can you put this free printable food journal to use as effectively as possible?
Start by committing yourself to honestly documenting your daily eating habits using the food journal. You may be tempted to leave small things off such as if you only have a bite or two, but to get the most out of the journaling, you should write down everything you eat and drink. This document is just for you; no one will be judging you, so there’s no reason not to be 100% honest.
Next, print off several of the free printable food journal sheets.
Tip: If you want to save paper, print front and back.
Then simply start writing down what you eat in your free printable food journal. Keep your journal with you, so that you can write down what you’re eating as you’re eating it or immediately after. Don’t rely on your memory! In addition to writing down foods, make an effort to document nutritional information such as calories. If you do not know the nutritional value of a particular food, a quick Google search will almost always provide a good answer.
Finally, at the end of each day, analyze your free printable food journal to determine how you did. Did you eat way more sugary or high fat foods than you thought? Did you drink less water than you thought? Look for patterns in your free printable food journal sheets. For example, if you consistently find yourself skipping breakfast, take steps to remedy that such as purchasing protein bars or making foods that you can eat on the go like this healthy breakfast smoothie.
Save past free printable food journal sheets, so that you can see the progress you’ve made.
Ready to get started on the path to a healthier life? Download your Free Printable Food Journal now.
Once you get the hang of using the free printable food journal, take things up a notch. Instead of just writing down what you eat each day, plan what you will eat each day ahead of time. Pair it with this free weekly menu planner printable, and get ahead of the game. Plan to eat healthy for the week and then check yourself using what you’ve written down in the journal.
Last but not least, if you have a “bad day”, don’t get discouraged! Stick to eating healthy and remember, each day is a new day. Each day is a new chance to eat better and be healthy. If you are feeling down, try filling out one of these free self esteem worksheets to brighten your day.