Should I Keep a Food Diary?

If you are looking to make a change in the way you eat, hoping to feel more energy, lose weight, or improve health symtoms, keeping a food diary is a great first step in helping you make that change. WHY? When your Diet Type has been determined by Hauser Diet Typing, and you are told that you need to eat a certain way, sometimes we find that our patients actually have no idea what they are eating to begin with. A food diary is an excellent first step to assessing how much you eat and why you eat the way you do. It can help you target your current problems and look at the root of them. A food diary is also important to make sure you are following The Hauser Diet properly. If you are working with our Registered Dietitian, keeping a food diary is helpful so that she can review your progress and also help you with any difficulties you may be having.

Here are some things you can track with a food diary:

• Proper allocation of carbohydrates, protein, and fat required by your Hauser Diet prescription: For example, have you been told that you need to follow the Hauser Otter Diet, but you realize that you eat too many carbohydrates such as cereal, toast, bread, rice, and potatoes instead of meat, poultry, fish, and eggs.

• Identification of your danger zones: Are you a Hauser Monkey who finds out that eating after 8:00PM is your danger time? You reach for the chips as you wind down with your favorite TV show? Or do you find yourself in front of the vending machine at 10AM at work?

• Pinpoint lapses: Does eating out in restaurants or family gatherings cause you to eat the wrong foods? Do you eat the wrong foods after your workouts?

• Assess your reasons for eating, aside from true hunger: IE are you “rewarding yourself” or eating because you are bored or lonely?

• Gauge your appetite and/or cravings: Do you stop eating just when you start to feel full or do you have a hard time listening to your body?

• Track your portion sizes: Do you think about how much you are putting on your plate? Or do you just pile it on and take seconds and thirds without even thinking about it?

• Record your feelings after eating: And finally, by keeping a food diary, you can record how you felt after eating – and this may be immediately after eating, or even hours or days later. You may determine a connection between a symptom and a certain type of food that could be contributing to your overall health and well-being.

If you have never tried keeping a food diary, just give it a try. You’ll be surprised at what you may find!