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The science of nutrition and healthy eating
The science of nutrition and healthy eating

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5 Your food diary

Now you have an opportunity to analyse what you eat and drink, why you eat and where you are when you eat. Create a food diary and record a typical day’s intake of food and drink.

  • Make sure that you write the diary while you eat the food or have the drink.
  • Note down even when you drink water.
  • Use household measures, e.g. two slices of medium sliced bread, five egg-sized potatoes, hand-sized meal portion.

The British Dietetic Association fact sheet [Tip: hold Ctrl and click a link to open it in a new tab. (Hide tip)] about portion sizes may also be useful.

You might want to create your diary using a table. Here are some suggested headings:

  • time
  • food/drink
  • amount (household measure)
  • where eaten
  • eaten with?
  • hungry/thirsty?
  • time taken to eat
  • your mood before, during and after eating.