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A December to Remember my Food Journal

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I’ve decided to bring back my food journal this month for a few reasons…

  1. I want a bit of accountability through the holiday season. I found it way too easy to slip into old habits over Thanksgiving.
  2. I’m training for an event in January and keeping a food journal always helps me focus a little more on the quality of my food.
  3. This may be borderline TMI but I’ve been having tummy troubles for some time and I want a better record of what I’m eating so I can possibly bring it to the doctor if things don’t clear up on their own.

I’m not tracking anything in particular (like calories or carbs), which is why I won’t be using an app like MyFitnessPal. I don’t want to feel any pressure getting serving sizes exactly right or having a specific calorie goal. I’ve been eating intuitively for some time and I want to keep it that way.

So my plan is to simply jot down what I’m eating. Easy, right? I’m not starting a new official challenge or anything but if you are up for it, join me! It’s is a great way to cruise through the rest of the year and fight off those pesky might-as-well-wait-until-the-new-year-to-eat-better feelings.

Go on, admit it. You’ve done that. I know I have!

Anyway, here’s today’s…

  • 5:45 a.m. Giant pear. I got them from Costco and they are the size of a baby’s head.
  • 7:00 a.m. Post-workout protein shake – Right now I’m using Nature’s Bounty Protein for simplicity. It was on sale at a local store buy one get one free.
  • 10 a.m. Bowl of homemade turkey soup I made after Thanksgiving
  • Noon Leftover turkey sandwich on light English muffin with gouda, greens, and homemade cranberry sauce and another bowl of turkey soup
  • 3 p.m. Dried apricots and cashews — watched my portions on this one. It’s easy for me to go overboard.
  • 5 p.m. Raw green beans while making dinner.
  • 6 p.m. The last of the Thanksgiving leftovers made into a crustless turkey pot pie with a side of green beans and a small piece of crusty bread.


I was going to post how I made it on GreenLiteBites but I got lazy.


I’m sad to see the leftovers go. Now I have to figure out what the heck to cook for dinner.

I’m off to bed. If I go now I’ll actually get 8 hours. That hasn’t happened in years!

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There are 8 comments so far.

    Sabrina Alexandra

    December 1, 2014

    I really need to start food journaling again, even if it’s just in a 3 ring notebook. Too many question marks and concerns when it comes to my health. Almost ashamed to admit that it likely starts with food.

    Karen P

    December 1, 2014

    Food journals really helped me nail down a few foods that had to go.. like nuts being connected to my migraine headaches. Glad you are tracking. It can be very helpful.

    Joy @

    December 2, 2014

    I didn’t track for a week around Thanksgiving and now I’m happy to be back to it. I am using My Fitness Pal and I really wish they would give the option of JUST tracking without having a target calorie number. Because when I eat the target number–especially on a day I don’t exercise and “earn” more calories–I feel terrible. It just isn’t enough food. So I try to ignore it when it tells me I’ve gone “over” my calories. I should write them a suggestion because I do love doing it online.


      December 2, 2014

      I TOTALLY agree! I’m going to share this with them.

      Joy @

      December 2, 2014

      You probably have some clout with them! Yeah, I SAY I’m not restricting my calories, I’m focusing on eating mindfully and getting the best nutrition I can. But when you get not-so-subtle-messages from the app you’re using, it’s hard to ignore!


    December 5, 2014

    I have had terrible tummy trouble & finally went to a natural medicine dr. She suggested I give up gluten & it was like night and day. Just a thought. It is not difficult either. It has resulted in me eating less processed foods and that isn’t a bad thing.


    December 5, 2014

    I just have to say that your crustless turkey pot pie looks delicious, wish I had leftovers!


      December 5, 2014

      Thanks! It came out great! And the perfect way to finish the leftovers off.