The whole concept of a journal is one that I really like... in theory. I can't even begin to count the number of journals I'd start writing in when I was younger, only to leave it dusty and unnoticed months or even weeks later. Then I'd start back up again, buying a cute journal from Barnes and Noble and saying that this time I'll really keep it up. Ehh, not so much.
The same goes for food journals - lots of people say it's an effective way of weight loss and/or management. Think about it, if you had to write down every single piece of food that you put into your body, you'd most likely reconsider that bag of potato chips, or 10 Oreos... haha. I've started a number of these too, picking up cute notepads from Paper Source and deciding that I'd be one of those people that can maintain a food journal, only to have removed them from my purse one day, never to been seen again.
A recent post by my friend Mango & Tomato on the Washingtonian Magazine blog got me thinking about trying out a food journal again. Summer is a time for lots of dinners with friends, happy hours, BBQs, and definitely lots of cold treats and snacks. Maybe it's a good time to start one up again?
Have any of you tried to maintain a log of the food you eat, either specific items or maybe in general? Or I guess members of programs like Weight Watchers are more or less doing this as part of their every day food tracking. What are your thoughts on food journals?