How to keep a food journal has been an off and on relationship–it just wasn’t easy. Beginning in 2012, I involuntarily embarked on a weight gain ascension. It wasn’t something I desired to do…it slowly happened without my attention. Blame it on my first year of marriage, early stress, whatever variable. Bottom line: I was getting fatter and I. Did. Not. Like. It.
I would exercise like a mad man some weeks, killing myself with cardio and aerobic exercises. But I learned that the problem didn’t lie in the exercise. The sad reality is that I did not take responsibility for what I ate or how I ate. I really, REALLY wanted to be one of those cocky athletes who bragged about “out exercising what they consumed.” I wanted to be part of that fraternity; eating what I want and still keep it off.
Well, I’m in my thirties and it just doesn’t work. Especially now since exercise is less of a priority for me when compared to food and sleep. But I always had a bad relationship with food longing for this magical existence with it.
How to Keep a Food Journal: A Lack of Commitment
I listened to many fitness Youtubers about monitoring their meals and one thing was unanimous: you have to track what you eat. While videos emphasize how to prepare meals, none really show you the journal recording process.
My first entrance into the foray was simply looking at every single piece of food that entered my mouth and writing it down on paper. I kept a pocket notebook or even standard spiral everywhere I went. That lasted for two weeks.
Problem with that lied in writing every single detail down from the ounces of liquid to what condiments went into every burger I ate. Also just the thought of carrying around a notebook. That sucked.
Then I thought, “Hey! Why don’t I just do this on my phone! I mean it’s already with me everywhere I go!!!” I soon when to my notes on my phone and the problem was the same…just electronically. I then started to take pictures, but that soon ballooned the storage space on my phone.
“There has got to be a quick and easy way on how to keep a food journal,” I cried. And God heard me.
9 Steps to Recording Your Food and Saving Phone Storage Space in the Process
Here in 9 steps, I give a visual on how I was blessed with an idea to marry the effort of taking pictures to iNotes without accumulating excessive mega and giga bytes under your settings.
* All buttons that need to be pressed in the pictures are circled in red.
Other things to consider: You want to make sure you e-mail your note once you are done eating for the day. I usually do mine the next day because I have been none to indulge in some late night snacking. If e-mailing doesn’t work, send it to your Google Drive. In my e-mail account, I organize these logs with the Google labels.
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