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Tara’s Friday Bite – New Twist on the Food Journal

How many times have you sat on your couch in the evening trying to ignore your craving for the carton of ice cream that seems to be SCREAMING at you from the freezer? Are you starving because you haven’t eaten enough that day? Is it because of a killer workout you did earlier? Or is it just your emotions talking? Well, there’s only one way to identify the reason for your cravings and that’s by keeping a food journal.

Having said that…food journals are often perceived as a hassle. Oftentimes, it is a miracle that we find enough time to eat let alone write it all down! When we do record what we eat, it’s usually from memory and that is rarely accurate.

So instead of keeping a written journal, why not try keeping a visual journal? Researchers from the University of Wisconsin-Madison found that people who took pictures of what they ate for one week actually made better food choices than those who simply wrote it down. Use your camera phone or digital camera to record everything that you eat for a day. At the end of the day you can either just review the pictures or use them to enter information about what you ate that day into a free online calorie tracker like the one found at LIVESTRONG.COM. This is my personal favorite…and yes, there’s also an app for that! It’s called the LIVESTRONG.COM Calorie Tracker. This calorie-tracking software allows you to see exactly what you are putting into your body on a daily basis. You may actually find that you are doing a better job than you are giving yourself credit for!

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Tara Coleman

Tara Coleman is a Clinical Nutritionist living in San Diego, CA, and the newest spokesperson for Salada Tea. She will guest blog on Total Gym Inside twice a month with “Tara’s Friday Bite.” Leave us your comments with ideas for future topics or email Tara directly at

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