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Product Review: PicoPad Food Journal

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I have found the secret of weight loss. This is it. This is the magic pill you’ve all been waiting for. Ya ready? ok… hear goes…. It’s…

keeping a food journal!

What? Did you really think I was going to try to sell you some acai berries? Hoodia or something? Come on now. You know me better then that! :)

Seriously. I’m not kidding. Food journaling is a huge part of my success. I know not everyone agrees. Some believe keeping one would drive them batty. To each their own. Everyone’s different. But I’m teling ya. It’s an eye opening experience. Especially for mindless munchers like myself.

According to WebMD

Those who kept food records six days a week — jotting down everything they ate and drank on those days — lost about twice as much weight as those who kept food records one day a week or less.

I don’t doubt it. Once you get into the habit of keeping a food journal you start to think twice about what you are about to put in your mouth. You know you have to write it down and that makes a big difference.

That’s one of the reasons I made Tweet Eat Post. I knew keeping a food journal was a good thing but the old fashion pen and paper just wasn’t cutting it for this web geek. I’m always online and it just makes sense for me to keep my food journal in the medium I feel most comfortable in.

I also realize not everyone has a laptop strapped to their body 24/7 like I do. So when John from Everyday Innovations asked me to review the PicoPad food journal
I was curious to check out a non technical food journal solution for those on the run.

The PicoPad allows you to track your food consumption on good old pen and paper. The cool thing…. It’s the size of a credit card! Seriously. It’s soooo cute! The pad has columns for food, quantity, used and gain (think weight watchers points/actvity points.) You can use it for calories, fat, points, whatever it is you want to track. It also has little check boxes for, water, fruits & veggies, milk, oil and vitamins. All that and a mini little pen tucked inside so you are never without one.

Honestly, it’s all you need to track in one handy dandy minnie notebook. Just be warned it is THAT small. So if you have a hard time writing in tiny places this may not be the journal for you.

Overall I don’t think it matters how you journal. It just matters that you journal. Find what works for you in your current situation. For me it used to be paper and pencil. Then I started emailing myself and now I use twitter. I’m always trying to come up with new ways to keep it fun.

How about you? Do you food journal and if so how do you do it?

Oh! and if you are interested in the PicoPad click here check it out on Amazon.

P.S. I would post my Food Journal this evening but it collapsed by dinner. I guess I need to practice what I preach just a little better. :~P I’m feeling a bit of a stress eating episode with this house thing hanging over my head.



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Discussion

There are 22 comments so far.

    Arlene

    January 20, 2009

    I’m all over the map. Some days I just journal on paper; others I use Twitter. And then there are still those bad days when I stop tracking altogether.

    The new WW tracker is pretty small, too. I’ve heard a lot of people complaining it’s too small, but I like it.

    Herbalife Las Vegas

    January 20, 2009

    I love doing a food journal, it really helps me see how I am doing and makes me think twice about what I eat. Great suggestion!!

    Geri

    January 20, 2009

    This is gorgeous! I’m have a stationary freak but I’m also a total techie geek. I used to love buying gorgeous notebooks and pens to keep my food journal in, but when they got messy, I abandoned them – they were too nice to be messy in! Plus, like you, I’m always at a computer so it makes more sense for me to keep it online. However, I think I’ll buy one of these PicoPads for when I can’t get to the laptop :O. Cheers Roni!

    crazylady

    January 20, 2009

    I don’t journal any more. I have done in the past and it has worked and I can see totally how it works for a lot of people. I’ve found that for me however it just makes me obsess about the food and this outweighs the good points. I guess I’m just the type of person that thinks about food too much in the first place so writing down every item I eat makes me think about it even more. Well I was that type of person, I feel I’m definitely changing. I think food journaling is great for people that don’t think they eat that much but still can’t lose weight or are gaining. When they start to write it down it makes them realise they are eating much more than they think.

    Marisa (trim the fat)

    January 20, 2009

    I believe food journaling is the answer, too! I find that when I don’t track what I eat, I begin to go astray! Almost like, if I don’t write it down – it never happened :) I don’t love my new WW tracker because it is tiny, but this pad looks interesting. I may have to check it out! Thanks Roni!

    Karla

    January 20, 2009

    I wholeheartedly agree with you, Roni! I’ve been food journaling for 1 1/2 years now and I truly believe it’s the reason I have kept my weight off. Journaling keeps you honest, if you do it honestly :-). I have access to a computer most of the time, so I do all of my journaling online. I love it!

    Brandi

    January 20, 2009

    Right now, like you I keep my food journal on my blog. Its easier for me to keep track of, it keeps me WAY accountable, and other people can get food ideas (albeit right now really boring food ideas) if they are curious on low calorie/healthy meal plan stuff.

    Pen and paper didn’t really work for me either. I write like a kindergartener.

    Fatinah

    January 20, 2009

    I really like actually writing my foods and workouts down – and I found a great book right before Christmas. It is a Fitbook – available through www.getfitbook.com. It give you a place to make 12 week goals, then divides the 12 weeks up where you plan out a week ahead for fitness, and then each day there is room to write down your strength training, cardio and food, as well as a food piramid with boxes to check. It is reasonably priced and the best part is that it is 5 x 5. Nice and small to fit in your purse!! I just love it.

    Susie

    January 20, 2009

    I, too, have found that food journaling makes me more aware of what I’m eating and I do better. And sometimes, if I know I have to write it down, I won’t eat it! Silly? Maybe. But it works for me. Thanks for the article, Roni! Perfect timing. I was just working on a little form to create that I could tuck in my purse this morning. Your post gave me a new idea!

    Thanks for all the motivation! We all appreciate it!

    sam

    January 20, 2009

    I use this AMAZING application on my iphone!! it’s called “Edibles” and it was only 3 bucks! you can input and save your own foods and favourite recipes. It allows you to input your weekly point allowance, and activity points, and you can program the calculator to calculate the points in a food. It also has a weight tracking feature, and an online function (which i don’t use) but it’s the same as the picopad in that you can track points, or calories, or carbs, or whatever.:) in short, i love it! highly recommended if anyone has an iphone (or an itouch? i think it’s available on that too!) I’ve noticed a HUGE difference in how much I eat since i’ve started using it (about 3 weeks ago)

    Krista S.

    January 20, 2009

    I truly believe that keeping a food journal has been the key to my success so far! I use Calorie Count on the About.com network and it’s been so helpful in tracking my intake, activity, and also to utilize the forums there to get support. I like to plan my days in advance (that works for me) and it really helps to keep me on target.

    Biz

    January 20, 2009

    Yep – food journaling is the way to go. I do mine online at www.calorieking.com. I weigh all my food so that I can get an acurate carb count to take my insulin.

    My average blood sugars were around 300 (yikes) and now my 30 day average is 122! My doctor is amazed – now he just wants me to lose 35 pounds – damn him!

    Laura Jane

    January 20, 2009

    That food journal looks so cute – it’s great that it’s tiny enough to easily carry around. I agree that food journaling is the key – it is for me. I tend to sneak in little bites here and there that really add if I’m not journaling every bite. It does really make me think twice. I have been using CalorieKing software to journal. I love that it has a huge database of foods so it’s very quick to use. However, just yesterday I started something new: the good old-fashioned paper and pencil! I’m hoping it will help me focus less on the math of what I’m eating (like calories, whether it was one ounce or 1.2 oz, stuff like that) and more on what I’m actually eating and the reasons why.

    Laura

    January 20, 2009

    Food journaling has been the key to keeping me on track. The Tweet Eat Post has been a huge find for me. Even if I am not at my laptop all day it forces me to go over what I have eaten at some point during the day – and be honest. For some reason I can lie to myself but I can’t lie to twitter. Crazy.

    Cilla

    January 20, 2009

    Yes! The only time I’ve lost weight in the past…and right now…is through tracking my food. It keeps me accountable. I use the daily plate (livestrong.com) and it works great.

    Jac

    January 20, 2009

    Thanks for this review :) I actually prefer paper and pen anyway… This looks like EXACTLY what I’ve been looking for :) Compact, and complete!

    JavaChick

    January 20, 2009

    I usually track online, but that looks like it would be great for traveling.

    Jen

    January 21, 2009

    Sometime in the evening I get on my blog and update the What I Ate Today section on my blog sidebar. I am tracking in my head all day long, so it is really easy for me to jot it down at the end of the day. It really does help keep me on track.

    Rebecca

    January 21, 2009

    I don’t journal as much now as when I was in loss mode but I do still keep it on the kitchen counter. I truly believe that journaling and using pts is what kept me accountable and enabled me to loose 60 lbs. When I feel I am getting a little out of control after a vacation or holiday when social eating can be a problem I get right back into journaling. I also just like it. It is definetely a comfort thing for me. I now it is a control ocd thing but I soooo do not want to be back to where I was 4 years ago. I was never completely honest about what I ate or how I ate before I started journaling.
    Rebecca

    Sarah

    January 21, 2009

    This is something that I need to start doing again. I was doing it at the beginning of my weight loss journey and then stopped because I thought I could keep up with it in my head. Now that I have hit a plateau I think I will be starting it again. I love the look of this journal.
    I think I’m also going to use the idea of fellow blogger of using twitter on my weight loss blog! That way it helps me to stay accountable!

    Mary Rogers

    January 24, 2009

    I’ve been using Tweetwhatyoueat.com to track my food lately. But, Sometimes I get bored with something and try something else. I like the daily plate to keep up with it and I think they work with livestrong and they have an app for the ipod touch/iphone and I also like edibles too. and I know this is the only thing that really helps me to loose but how come I don’t see that?

    Erica

    January 25, 2009

    I agree with you Roni. If I’m not keeping a journal, I’m not eating right & I’m not losing. My journal, pen & point slide all live on my kitchen counter. I just use a notebook. I keep a tally of my water, fruits & veggies & milk, & I write down everything I eat with points. I also track my weight & workouts in the notebook. I wonder if I’ll have a notebook forever?!