Our free printable food diary page will help you keep track of all of the different foods you eat. While it may seem like a chore at first to write down and track all of things you eat, having a sheet to keep a record of your diet has many advantages.
Why would you want to track what you eat each day?
See What Foods You Like: Many people struggle coming up with their own diet plan because they think you have to try all new foods or eat things you don’t like. But if you have a food diary, it gets a lot easier to plan a diet, because you can find the things you do like to eat, and then just make a suitable, healthier substitution.
Track Your Mood: The foods you eat can have a huge role in what kind of mood you are in, so it’s nice to see a pattern if you for example eat starchy or sugary foods and then become a grouch – it gives you all the more motivation!
Track Sensitivities: More and more people are finding out they may have food allergies. If you have any chronic or recurring symptoms such as nasal congestion, ear infections, stomach cramping or pain, headaches, dry skin, rashes, acne and others it could actually be related to food. A food diary to print out can help make it much easier to track these types of things.
Assess Your Current Eating Habits: Many of us think we are eating healthy foods, only to find out upon closer inspection that we may not really be keeping up on it as well as we originally thought. It will also help you pinpoint any times of the days that you are more likely to suffer a “snack attack” so you can have healthy snacks prepared rather than grabbing something more convenient and less healthy for you.
Click Here to Download Our Printable Food Diary Sheet.
(Note: It Will Open in a New Window so you can save it and still read the instructions below)
How to Use This Food Diary
To use this food diary, simply download the food diary and print it out. Then start tracking the foods you eat for 1 week. Each section is divided into morning, afternoon, and evening and has a section for notes. You can also write notes, such as “felt energetic” or “felt lethargic” or “didn’t sleep well” or “have really dry skin”. If you’re the calorie counting type, you can also track calories in that section.
Make sure you don’t forget to track the drinks you have, and of course write down everything. If you eat a certain brand of food, you may also want to keep note of that brand, since different brands all have different ingredients.
Once you have finished a week of tracking everything you’ve eaten, look at where your strengths and weaknesses are. Maybe you are skipping breakfast for example and instead eating too much at lunch. Or maybe you notice that you seem to be eating more carbs and grains than vegetables. Whatever the case may be, having a food diary is definitely a great way to see these types of trends and know what to do differently next week.
Make sure you save your pages when finished for any upcoming doctor’s appointments – often times diet records can help your doctor help you better as well.
Do you find it helpful to keep track of all of the foods you eat for a week? If you’ve ever used a printable food diary chart, share your comments about the experience below!