Keeping a Food Diary

Recording what you eat can help with blood glucose control and weight

Keeping a diabetes food diary is an imporatant factor to consider in living with diabetes.

It helps to understand how our body reacts to the food and medication we take.

For a start it is important to have a diary of what we eat and our medications with our blood sugar level for a week to help us better manage our diabetes.  

Benefits of Food Diary 

Helps you understand better your body’s response to the food you take.

Helps your doctor or dietitian see how you’re doing over time. It helps access what you eat, when you eat and the amount of nutrients each meals makes available to your body.

By recording your blood sugar there’s a better understanding of the particular dosage that works best for you as it reveals the trend of sugar fluctuation in the body.

Things to note in a Food Diary.

1) Meal:  Your food diary should contains details about the meals taken and snacks too, i.e what meal, the quantity  (if possible), was it home cooked or bought, the constituents in terms of protein, carbohydrates, fat and oil.

To include the quantity of water or drink taken.

2) Mood. Try to record how you are feeling when you eat, if or how long you exercised prior to eating, and record your blood sugar levels. Emotions can play a big role in what you eat, when you eat and how you manage your diabetes.

3) Exercise. Exercise is an important part of diabetes management. Track your progress, including how many steps you take per day and other activities— what exercise you did, for how long, and how intensely.

4) Medications. List what you took and the time. If you want to be more thorough, list any vitamins or supplements you have taken as well.

5) Blood sugar levels. Record your pre- and post-meal levels, as well as what you were doing at the time. Were you working? Watching TV? Talking on the phone?

However, worth noting is that many people living with diabetes sometimes go through small transition periods when eating right seems to go off the rails and so can blood glucose and it can be hard to figure out why.

But by taking the time to slow down, write things down for a week or two, and just focusing back on managing diabetes, maybe by using a diary, one is much more likely to get back on track as we account more for what we eat.

Paper diaries seem a bit ‘back to basics’ but they can really work wonders. However, you can also keep your diary on your mobile phones.


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