You need to record your intake on the Diet Diary Form

1.  Keep a food diary for 3 days- 2 week days and 1 weekend day (consecutive days). Choose days that are fairly typical of your intake so that you can better understand your usual diet. In other words – don’t record on days that you are sick, your birthday, when you don’t have any food in the house, etc.

  1. Carry the food record with you and record everything or eat or drink
  2. Record immediately after eating with as much detail as possible
  3. Be accurate with portion sizes – this is  IMPORTANT.  Refer to the tools in Chapters 1 and 2 to help determine serving size.
  4. Do not include vitamin and mineral supplements since you are looking only at food intake. Similarly, do not record vitamin waters and energy drinks with added vitamins.
    1. If you take a protein supplement or drink protein shakes, include these as they will influence calorie and macronutrient intake
  5. You need to record your intake on the Diet Diary Form
    1. be very detailed in the description of what you ate.  It will be easier to do the analysis if you keep good records of everything that you eat and drink.
    2. record the meal and time you ate – you decide what the meal is.  If you get up at noon on Saturday and you eat – that might be your breakfast and it might be lunch
    3. record the food/beverage in as much detail as possible and the portion. You do not have to record method of preparation unless it will affect the food. For example – a pop tart is the same if it is toasted or not. But chicken is different if it is fried or baked.
    4. Record the portion size – accurately.  Again – tools in chapter 1 and 2.
    5. Record where you were, who you were with, and what you were doing when eating.   For example, you might have been alone at kitchen table reading your nutrition book, or in the lunchroom at work with co-workers, or you might be with friends watching TV
    6. Rate your hunger on scale of 1= not hungry and 5 = famished
    7. Assess how you were feeling (bored, happy, stressed, rushed, etc.)
    8. Estimate how long it took you to eat.

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