Ever since starting my healthy eating regime back in January, I've kept a food diary. It's actually just a notebook, nothing special. At the time, I didn't quite realise how important it would be to me to jot down everything I consume, but it has helped immensely.
When trying to lose weight, it's easy to fall in to the trap of unhealthy eating, missing out on five a day fruit and vegetables, or just not consuming the amount of calories that my body needs. I can keep a check on this with my diary.
I think a diary helps me to keep on the straight and narrow. I ensure that everything I eat is written down, and by doing this, it actually makes me think about what I'm putting in my mouth. Even if I munch on half a carrot whilst I'm preparing tea, it gets written in the diary.
It's important to be honest. I could easily pretend I haven't eaten some things which I have, but I'm only conning myself. Therefore, everything gets written down, but I don't berate myself for straying off the straight and narrow, a little of what you fancy does you good.
At the moment, I'm still eating much healthier than I used to, but I'm eating far more snacks than I would like, so a few pounds have crept back on. I really need to focus again as my holiday is only a month away and I'd like to lose a little more weight before I go.