In order to keep an accurate, detailed food journal, you need to base your records on a reliable food database. You can keep your journal as simple as just writing down the foods eaten, the amount consumed, and the number of calories, carbs, fat, fiber, protein, and whatever else you want to track. You can do this with a pen and journal or use electronic documents such as Word or Excel. You can also choose from any number of computer or phone apps to track this information. New apps are constantly being developed, so some of the suggestions below may be already outdated by the time you see this! And some newer apps may not be included. Please be proactive in researching what is available and decide what would work best for you. Please feel free to offer suggestions in the comments below this article.

Also, refer to our previous blog post, Start With Portion Control.

Calorie Count Recipe Analysis
Recipe analyzer
https://www.verywellfit.com/recipe-nutrition-analyzer-4157076

CalorieKing
Food database, both generic and brand name
https://www.calorieking.com/foods/

Cronometer
A Free Web Application For Tracking Your Nutrition & Health Data
https://cronometer.com/

Diabetes:M
Designed for smart phones and tablets this application is intended to help diabetics to manage better their diabetes and keep it under control.
https://www.diabetes-m.com/

FatSecret
Food database
https://www.fatsecret.com/calories-nutrition/search

Glucose Buddy
Glucose-tracking app for iPhone and android
https://www.glucosebuddy.com/

MyFitnessPal
food database; also has a food journal and recipe nutrition analysis
https://www.myfitnesspal.com/food/calorie-chart-nutrition-facts

MyNetDiary
Good food database, requires paid membership to track food and glucose
https://www.mynetdiary.com/foodSearch.do

OneDrop
Phone app for iOS that tracks glucose, food, meds, and activity
https://onedrop.today/

Recipe Nutrition Calculator
Whip up a custom nutrition label and start making healthier choices!
https://www.verywellfit.com/recipe-nutrition-analyzer-4157076

SELFNutritionData
Food database, recipe analyzer
https://nutritiondata.self.com/

SparkPeople
Food and exercise tracker with food database, can analyze your own recipes
https://www.sparkpeople.com/

USDA National Nutrient Database
https://ndb.nal.usda.gov/ndb/

 

Articles on Food Journaling:

Calculate Your Body Mass Index
https://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/educational/lose_wt/BMI/bmicalc.htm

Counting Carbs
https://www.ketogenic-diet-resource.com/counting-carbs.html


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