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 New apps are constantly being developed, so some of the suggestions below may be already outdated by the time you see this!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
http://www.caloriecount.com/cc/recipe_analysis.php

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

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

Glucose Buddy
Glucose-tracking app for iPhone and iPod Touch
http://www.glucosebuddy.com/

GoMeals
All-in-one tracker for food, exercise, and glucose
http://www.gomeals.com/Features

myfitnesspal2x1metro

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

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

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

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

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

Articles on Food Journaling:

A Diabetes Food Diary: Why Should You Keep a Food Diary?
http://www.diabeticconnect.com/diabetes-discussions/general/11936-a-diabetes-food-diary-why-should-you-keep-a-food-diary

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

Can A Food Diary Help Your Diabetes Control?
http://diabetesdigest.com/can-food-diary-help-diabetes-control/

Conquering Diabetes
http://blogs.webmd.com/life-with-diabetes-2/2012/05/how-should-i-keep-a-food-record.html

Keeping a Food Journal
Recording what you eat can help with blood glucose control and weight
http://www.diabetesforecast.org/2011/dec/keeping-a-food-journal.html

Tips for Keeping a Diabetes Food Journal
http://glucerna.com/diabetes-connect/article/diabetes-food-journal-tips

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


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