Food Journaling — Here’s How We’re Going to Track That Diverse Diet

Planning for Diversity and Variety

Food journaling, I’ve done it a few times, but usually only for short periods to discourage myself from eating unhealthy.  But this food journal is for the long haul.  I have to keep it going for a whole year.

I plan to journal the foods that we eat along with new recipes. This journal can’t just say cabbage salad. In order to properly track diversity and variety, I have to say Filderkraut Cabbage, Yellow Spanish Onions, Granny Smith Apples and Apple Cider Vinegar.

So I bought myself some matching notebooks to write everything down in.  As the year progresses I will probably figure out how to abbreviate the meals that we eat the most often.  I am still deciding where to put these journals so that I don’t forget to keep track of everything.

At the end of each week, I plan to go through the food journal and record each different species and variety in my one thousand foods binder like this:

In this binder, each species of food has its own page. When we eat that food I will record the variety and the date that it was eaten. If we eat it again, I can add the additional date like this:

In this way we can know not only how many different things we ate, but also where we get the majority of our calories. Some species will probably have multiple pages, other species may only be eaten a few times.
From the journal, I will transfer the data to the blog.

I know that this is a pretty low tech way to journal and keep track of our diet this year. For the more tech savvy challenger, there are numerous ways to keep track with computer programs such as Excel that will do some of the calculating for you, or even journaling apps on your phone or tablet.

But for me, at least for this year, I know that I will be more likely to stick with the journal if it’s on paper. Plus, when we are out camping and hunting down wild foods, the paper can travel with me a little easier.

We are always refining the methods we use to track diversity.  If you want to find out more about how we’re tracking, recording, and even understanding diversity in our diet click here.  Otherwise leave a comment about your experience with food journaling and be sure to like and subscribe.


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