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FAITHP44 Posts: 8,745
10/7/13 11:43 A

I haven't done food journaling linking food eaten to emotions etc but I find the food tracker on SP to be an essential tool. OK, I occasionally go over - but sometimes the going over motivates me to go for a walk so that the extra calories are allowed for. I've been on holiday for a week and eaten far more than normal so I'm in the process of re-adjusting to my normal eating pattern; Without that tracker I'd be so tempted to eat far too much. As it is, I'm only eating a little too much and expect to be managing nicely on 16-1800 cals a day pretty soon.

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10/6/13 5:06 P

Journaling will help you detect patterns early on and adjust when you start seeing things go in the wrong direction. Yes, it can be pain sometimes, but for me the benefits sure outweigh the irritation.

MILLIE5522 SparkPoints: (44,238)
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10/6/13 4:32 P

I would consider this to be one of the most important factors in my being able to lose weight and maintain that loss ( I am into the beginning of my 2nd year of maintaining and I still use a journal)

SUNSET09 SparkPoints: (553,501)
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10/6/13 2:00 A

oh emoticon , it helps me! emoticon

AMANDAJJ23 SparkPoints: (18,912)
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10/6/13 1:52 A

I restarted using this site a week ago. I use the food tracker on here and it helps a lot. I did not realize all the calories I was consuming before I had it all wrote down for a day. It makes me more aware of what I am eating and how much. Now I can stay around 1200 calories a day with no problem because it tells me how many I have left and I can see it easily.

JANIEWWJD SparkPoints: (586,966)
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10/5/13 11:20 P

It really works if you're honest and write down everything you eat.

MISSJANE55 SparkPoints: (42,272)
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10/5/13 10:20 P

inspired by this thread, thanks.

Edited by: MISSJANE55 at: 10/5/2013 (22:20)
KAYAHSLOANE1 Posts: 10,526
10/5/13 10:03 P

I used Julia Cameron's The Writing Diet along with Food Journaling to track any emotional eating patterns I had, it did wonders to help me figure out how to eat better. I think it shows you your patterns and where you are doing fine and where you can improve~

BLUENOSE63 SparkPoints: (108,021)
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10/5/13 8:24 P

Food tracking works every time!

DROPCONE Posts: 1,592
10/5/13 10:56 A

Tracking food (using the nutrition tracker here) helps me keep track of my actual calories eaten. I highly recommend that!

Then, for a while, I was using a separate journal for feelings & emotions, which I would write in whenever, but often when I realized that I had eaten enough (according to the food tracker), but still "feeling hungry". It did help a bit, but not as much as the actual tracking of food.

It sounds like you might instead want to focus on finding a new best friend to hang with, or maybe several. It sounds like your friend's departure really left kind of a void in your life that you want to fill. It is discouraging to keep trying to make friends sometimes. You might have to meet new people and not rely on your Facebook friends. Find groups with common interests, or join a gym and try to meet people there. Good luck!

SUNSET09 SparkPoints: (553,501)
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10/5/13 2:42 A

I am a faithful food and fitness logger as it helps me stay on track. I even have my calorie count lower than needed to continue to be mindful and have it work for and not against me! emoticon emoticon emoticon

MANDIETERRIER1 Posts: 17,532
10/4/13 9:52 P

I log my food on Spark People. I find otherwise that I have food amnesia and will forget I ate something.

Also when I feel I am about to binge. I start writing in a journal. To figure out the root cause of the binge. And to remind myself that a binge will make things worse and not better

EDKNICELY SparkPoints: (1,314)
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10/4/13 6:32 P

I am a Type 1 Diabetic, so food journaling has become second nature to me. I have been on an insulin pump for about 14 years and in order to use it correctly you have to know exactly how many calories and carbohydrates you ate. I have food journals that my parents started all the way up to today. I am now focusing on losing weight with the journals I am keeping. I actually feel better when I pre-plan my days because I tend to eat more healthful foods.

MUGSY40 Posts: 290
10/4/13 6:27 P


MOM2ACAT SparkPoints: (190,535)
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10/4/13 5:42 P

I agree TRIATHLETEGIRL; I do not feel like I am depriving myself of anything. I still enjoy special treats in moderation.

ROXYCARIN SparkPoints: (95,965)
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10/4/13 1:04 A

Helps me out

TRIATHLETEGIRL SparkPoints: (56,067)
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10/4/13 12:26 A

Deprive myself? Just the opposite! Food journaling makes me feel nurtured and taken care of. Nobody else takes care of me, so keeping a food journal makes me feel like I am taking care of myself. And yes, I get a warm fuzzy feeling when I am writing down what my day's meals are going to be.

LADYCJM SparkPoints: (57,456)
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10/4/13 12:16 A

It's different for everyone but right now I need to track in order to keep myself aware of what I'm eating. Sounds strange I guess, but I'm very good at mindless eating. I track it either before or after I eat to keep on top of my caloric intake. I guess you could say I " deprive" myself but I don't think deciding not to eat more cookies or junk food when I've already had plenty to eat as a bad thing.

The last time I quit tracking I put on 30#s before I got it back together again. It's taken a year to lose that weight again. I know that my problem is I like junk food. I like cookies and cake and pie. I rarely if ever overeat on fruit ands vegs.

ETHELMERZ Posts: 20,699
10/3/13 10:44 P

It works as long as you are in the mood to deprive yourself and keep on doing that, the repetition is helpful for you. At some point, you may notice that you don't care about why you overate, you still will do it anyway, and at that point, it's not helpful. If you have a dietitian, it's good to write it down, to show every appt. so you can see what is going on. It helps, but it isn't fool proof.

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10/3/13 7:01 P

When I started with Spark in 2006, I used the online food tracker. I did that until I reached my goal weight, then after a few months in maintenance mode, I decided to stop counting the calories and just use a food journal instead. I've been doing that for 5-6 years now, and I am still staying at my goal weight range (between 120-125). It really helps me to stay aware of what and how much I am eating. I also keep track of how much water I drink.

I also have gastroparesis, and if it flares up, I can usually figure out what food caused it by looking back a few days at what I have eaten.

I keep track of any symptoms of pain or illness I may have too; it helps me when I can tell my oncologist if something new comes up and I can tell him exactly when it started, then he decides if I need any additional tests to check it out.

Edited by: MOM2ACAT at: 10/3/2013 (19:02)
LOUIE-LILY Posts: 5,714
10/3/13 7:01 P

I track my food on SP. It's invaluable to me. I still eat too much sometimes, especially in the evening - but without tracking, I'd have no idea of the calories I'm consuming. I also use it to track carbs.

SHERYLDS Posts: 17,483
10/3/13 6:50 P

I used to think they were a waste of time....
now I realize they are the best help in trying to lose.
It makes you aware and accountable for what you put in your mouth so you can acknowledge what you're doing.
It also helps you plan what you think you are having so you can have a better strategy in losing. For most people, watching your food is very important in losing

CYGNUSXR1 Posts: 143
10/3/13 6:11 P

Food journaling works, especially if you sometimes eat for reasons other than hunger. If you jot down your feelings, and your hunger level (on a scale of 1 to 10), each time you eat, it can help you identify patterns. Then you can work to change them.

ZZYYGGY3 Posts: 2,446
10/3/13 5:41 P

food journaling does work. I also write down what I'm feeling, and why I was eating what I ate. Give it a try for a week or so. It does work.

ALBERTJON SparkPoints: (3,133)
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10/3/13 5:35 P

NINA-AKANE: My "journaling" for around 10 months of each of 3+ years was actually putting down the foods I ate in a spread sheet and, as accurately as I could, record the daily calories. I have gotten away from doing that and am finding that I need to go back to it. I also recorded daily guestimated calorie burn and morning weigh-ins. I think journaling of any kind can be very effective, depending on one's goals.

I found out many interesting things about the foods I ate, etc by keeping accurate records. But, more importantly, recording everything I ate and the respective calories consumed really helped me lose weight and then maintain.

Some people do not operate well recording weigh-ins, journal logs, exercise totals, etc, etc. But for many people, accurate recording of things like food consumed can help one get a handle on weight gain or loss.

NINA-AKANE Posts: 72
10/3/13 4:57 P

How did it work out for you? Did it help you to control your eating habits better? I'm interested in hearing about your experiences!

I was thinking about starting a food journal because I've been over-eating and sometimes I will binge on either sweets or tortilla chips..Sometimes I'll eat because I'm hungry for it and other times I'll eat the junk food because it makes me feel happier.

I'd like to go back to my mainly healthy diet which started changing in mid. August. I think what sparked all of this was my best friend / work-out partner moving away to another state..So I've been feeling kind of down and so far, only a couple of people I know have gone for walks with me but I admit, I don't have too many friends who like to hang out beyond Facebook..At least with me I suppose. Anyways..I hope that food journaling will help me get back on track!

Thanks for reading and thanks for your help / responses! :o)

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