The best way to keep a food diary

When I work with a client, I often ask them to keep a food diary for me, either as part of the pre-consultation process or as part of working with them.

The reason that I ask for a food diary is that it is, as far as I’m concerned, one of the easiest ways to get an understanding of food, habits and health.

But there’s something you need to know if you are going get any good use out of a food diary.

The trick is to not worry too much about portion size or calorie count (although, obviously it is useful to know if you are eating 2 chocolate biscuits or 22 of the suckers).

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Do you eat ‘bad’ foods fast?

I’ve been really noticing how I eat.

(I really am so rock and roll!)

And I don’t just mean the way I move the fork from the plate to my mouth.

I mean in terms of the way I eat differently depending on what I am eating. And I’ve noticed something really funny.

Even though I don’t eat much in the way of ‘rubbish’ food, I have realised that when I am eating something which isn’t a super-amazing healthy food, I tend to eat it quite fast. I don’t mean proper shovelling speed by any means, but my usual average pace of eating definitely speeds up a notch or two when I am eating something a tad cheeky.

If you want to blame the fact that I am scared someone will catch me eating an icecream, you couldn’t be more wrong on that one. I love it when I get caught with vanilla icecream melted around my chops because it gives me another chance to rant about the differences between icecream and nicecream.

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