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  1. Stormy Dormy says

    I think keeping a food diary is only a bad thing if you allow it to be. If your health-related goals aren’t in fact healthy at all, then keeping a food diary will just re-affirm your negative goals. I think as long as keeping a food diary doesn’t have a negative impact on your everyday life and as long as achieving your health related goals will actually make you healthier, then it’s a great way to keep yourself focussed and motivated.

    • LauraJ says

      That’s the problem I had before. I was keeping a diary, with food goals that weren’t healthy. I think it really depends how you choose to look at it. I try to see my food diary as a helpful guide, and not a book that dictates what I eat.

  2. Melina Elisa says

    I have had a few food tracking apps, and they usually made me extremely upset, and so I stopped using them. I completely get how simple it can be to spiral downward. I’m sorry to hear about this sad chapter in your life. I am happy to hear about the fact that you were able to flip this around and actually make it work for you! While I don’t think I’m ever going to make it work for me, I can see how this can be a great tool! Great post Laura xxx

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  3. whatismaria says

    You look beautiful in these photos! I understand that some people keep a food diary or track their macros/calories online to reach their fitness goals, whether that’s slimming down, building muscle or just staying healthy, but similarly to your story, tracking what I ate used to be an obsession for me, and a way of eating as little as possible. Nowadays, I will track on occasion (maybe once a month) to make sure I’m eating ENOUGH, but I’ve found that simply listening to my body is the most sustainable approach. Thank you for sharing your inspiring story, and I am so glad you hear that you’ve managed to find a happier place with your nutrition! Xx

    • LauraJ says

      Thank you Maria!! Yes, I find nowadays I’m more concerned that I’m eating enough, rather than trying to avoid food. I never write down my calories because I already know that will make me become fixated on how many I eat a day.
      I’m glad as well, that you got out of that obsession. Life is so much nicer when you can just eat without counting! xxx

  4. Beyoutiful says

    These are great tips and I always used to keep a food diary on the myfitnesspal app and it really helped. Gotta go back to doing that again. You look great girl <3

    • LauraJ says

      Thank you lovely! I’m pretty sure I’ve used the myfitnesspal app before. If I had more phone space, I would consider downloading again lol. x

  5. lifeofangela says

    I’ve been open to the idea of a food diary, but as a somewhat impulsive snacker, I feel like I’d always forget something. I can see how it would be helpful, but it could definitely tip into more dangerous territory if you let it control you too much. Everything is definitely about balance 🙂

    • LauraJ says

      I’ve learnt that it depends how you view it. When I was trying to be really thin and eat as little as possible, the food diary was dangerous, because it kind of encouraged me. I do get what you mean. I think if you have a diary, you have to constantly keep up with it to remain truthful. 🙂

  6. StyledbyMcKenz says

    I went through something similar early in my teens. This post meant a lot to me to read and reminded me of how much happier and healthier I am now! Thanks so much for sharing your story!

    • LauraJ says

      Thank you for reading! I think it’s easy to forget how far you have come. Even when I was writing this, I suddenly started remembering things I had forgotten, like the amount of food measuring. Glad you are much happier and healthier now. 🙂

  7. Megala says

    I think keeping a food diary will definitely work wonders for some, but I do not like to keep one for myself. It makes me feel demotivated particularly when I don’t do what I’m supposed to do.

    • LauraJ says

      I don’t think they are for everyone and I understand your point. I always write my food down after, otherwise I am the same. I will try to live up to everything I said I would eat.

  8. K.M. Sutton says

    I relate to this SO much. As a competitive figure skater, food journals were promoted and for me, it just helped to hide and enforce my ED more easily then if I wasn’t obsessing about writing down everything I ate.
    I completely understand the merits of keeping one, but I think much like anything it is all about balance. Skipping a day documenting, and/or having a cheat meal, are all okay. Thanks for sharing beauty and sending you s much love! <3

    • LauraJ says

      Wow, apologies if you have said before, but I didn’t know you were a competitive figure skater! I would love to know more about it. As a child, I can’t remember what film it was, but it made me want to be one. I can’t even ice-skate though lol.
      I’m glad you got past your ED. Do you mind me asking if that was during your skating days or after? I’m pretty sure I was going through one, but it was never officially diagnosed. I just became obsessed with my diet and exercise. x

  9. thelonelyauthorblog says

    Great advice. Another good post. Thank you for sharing your experiences with a food diary. I don’t think it is for everyone. But if used properly, there can be some great benefits. Hope all is well. Have a good one.

    • LauraJ says

      Thank you for reading Andrew! For me, just realising that the diary is not about weight-loss has helped. Before it was used as a way to control myself from eating, and now it’s about actually eating well and ensuring I’m having good nutrition etc.

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