A journal is a daily record. I have been successful with journals I use to record interesting thoughts while reading a book. My favorite journal is suggested in a book "Ageless Goddess". In the journal you write a brag, a gratitude and a desire. That's an easy, feel good kind of journal. But, what I need to journal is food. That not only means I am doing it on a daily basis, and I am doing it all day long, but I also need to break down the information into smaller specifics like the macros and calories. Why? My why is not only the release of excess body fat but also to rebuild an immune system that was compromised by diet. I didn't know any better and now I do want to know. My parents didn't know any better. They were marketed to by businesses, namely the meat and dairy that had business in mind NOT the health of the people. This massive marketing and processing of food by a number of other companies has compromised many digestive systems and created allergies and diseases for the masses. But there is hope. I am continuing a way of eating introduced to me in the book "Hot Belly Diet". They must have picked the title to interest people who like to diet. It is a diet but unlike any I have ever seen. It's easy to follow. The first half of the book explains that this diet is Ayurvedic medicine which is based on the premise "Let food be thy medicine." I have never felt better and had such an appreciation for nourishing my body with food. By changing my diet I have cured most of my food allergies. But I need to take it further in order to lose weight according to the results from my body fat test http://www.bodyfattest.com/ by the business Get Tanked. I got in a tank of warm water to determine my body fat ratio. She talked to me about the amount of calories I eat. No, I don't eat as many as she recommended. And after years and years of watching not only what I eat but how much I am eating, I'm at a loss for eating that much! So my first strategy was to decorate a journal so I would at least enjoy looking at it as it will be sitting out as a reminder in some prominent place. The second strategy is to just journal what I normally eat for awhile. I plan to analyze it on Sunday. Then I'll make a strategy for increasing my calories with healthy choices.
Yes, there is more than one journal. The one on the left is for food (artwork cut out from a Mary Engelbreit calendar). In hopes of helping others I adopted the theme "share". Many people have diabetes. Dr. Suhas G. Kshirsagar in "The Hot Belly Diet" has documentation that eating a plant based diet with meat added on occasion can cure this condition. It is a much different way of eating but in many ways it is more simple. You just can't fast food it! The additional journal on the right is for helping me to track my habits for other goals that I am working towards to see how the daily, weekly, monthly practice is working for me.