This article covers ideas for what to include in your food journal. To read about why you might want to keep a food journal, check out this post.
All the evidence points to food journalling as a key tool for any health and fitness journal. We humans don’t have a great memory, so it’s important that we write down what we want to keep track of.
Food journals don’t just track the food you eat, they can encompass all sorts of things. Units of alcohol, sleep, grams of carbs, times of eating/fasting, water intake, energy levels, mood, general emotions, workouts, bowel movements, mindfulness, concentration, even sex drive.
What you choose to record is, of course, entirely up to you. You might try out a few combinations, dropping and adding things until you find a pattern that suits you.
For a while, I kept a mood tracker for the month, on which I rated my daily mood out of 10. It was helpful to see that my mood swings correlated strongly with my menstrual cycle: there was a clear, violent dip in mood a few days before everything kicked off. This calmed me down in the future. I could say to myself: It’s okay, it’s just hormones, you’ll feel better soon! (Now pass me the chocolate.)