Thursday, May 2, 2013

food journal

The other day I mentioned that I was tracking points as a Weight Watcher member before my pregnancy- keeping track and being careful to not go over my points for the day (and the week) in attempts to lose weight.  Obviously, my goals are not to lose weight right now; therefore, I am no longer tracking points.  I am; however, attempting to make healthy decisions for myself and for the baby.  I am hoping to eat well by continuing to food journal, which helps me to be mindful of what I eat.

During the first trimester of pregnancy, I looked high and low for a good pregnancy food journal, but I couldn't find one that suited me.  I decided to make one.  Now that I am in the second trimester, I bought a new journal (I was tired of the old one and I needed to update my daily food requirements anyway).  Here's how I went about making one if you ever want to make one for yourself or for a friend.

I found a super cute and super inexpensive journal at Target.  I printed labels with my daily food requirements on each label after personalizing a plan on choosemyplate.gov (recommended by my physician). Click here for a more detailed tutorial.
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After printing the labels, I stuck them to the bottom of each page in the journal.
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I also printed out a quick reference chart for what counts as a serving in each food group (bread/grains, fruits, dairy, meat/beans, and vegetables).  For example, I require 7 servings of bread/grains a day.  1 serving includes 1 slice of bread or 1 tortilla or 1/2 cup of cooked rice, noodles, or pasta, etc).
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I pasted the chart on the back of the journal.
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Every day, I write down the food I've had and check off what requirement I've fulfilled at the bottom of the page.
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Honestly?  I just love how pretty it is.  ;)

Want to know more about My Weight Loss Toolbox?  Start here, and continue here.

8 comments:

  1. You can make anything pretty Jessica! You almost have me convinced to do one!!!! :)

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    1. Oh Laurie, thank you! ;) I have to admit I love to food journal. It's become a hobby now.

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  2. where can I find the personalization for the choosemyplate.gov?????? I've been looking for two days!!!

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    1. Hi Raychel, the website is extensive! To personalize your plan, you will have to register here: https://www.supertracker.usda.gov/Login.aspx. Once you register, you will be able to set up your profile and a plan will be created for you depending on various factors like your age, height, weight, etc. Hope that helps!

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  3. now, where are the lables? did you make them? I have the printer pages to do it, so im set there. sorry for bothering you so :)

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    1. No bother at all. :) I did make the labels myself by creating a document in Microsoft Word, which had a template for the labels I was using.

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  4. Love this post! I think I need to start a food journal so I can be more conscious of what I'm doing. I've tried the phone apps but I find I don't actually learn. I think a physical food journal will help me be able to sightly see good portion and better control what I eat. Love the color coordinating! And LOVE the pens! Where did you get them?

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    1. Thank you! The pens are called "Staedtler Triplus Fineliner Pens." I've seen them at Staples and Target. I'm sure Amazon carries them, as well. :)

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