Using a Food Journal for Type 2 Diabetes
Keeping track of what you eat is one of the most important parts of your diabetes management.
By Everyday Health Editors
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It’s a proven fact: Keeping a food diary helps dieters succeed with their weight loss. Research has shown that the more people tracked their food intake, the more weight they lost.
Keeping a food log is especially important for someone like you who’s learning to live with a new diagnosis of type 2 diabetes. Logging your meals will not only give you a reality check and hold you accountable for your eating habits, it will also help you uncover unhealthy patterns and identify your trigger foods or situations. And if your doctor has told you that counting carbs must become a part of your diabetes care plan, or that you must check your blood-glucose levels daily, a food journal is the perfect place to keep track of this crucially important information. Be sure to also jot down how you’re feeling at different points during the day, both before and after meals.
An Easy Way to Keep Track
There are many different online trackers and iPhone apps available, like Everyday Health’s Calorie Counter, which allows you to add meals and snacks and automatically keeps track of your daily nutrition and calorie levels. But remember, you can also just use an old-fashioned notebook and pencil.
Over time, your food diary will help you keep track of how different combinations of food affect your blood-glucose levels and how you feel.
Video: DIY Food Journal for Type 2 Diabetic
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