I do not, and no Shawn, I am not lazy. LoL. I used to though; religiously in fact. From about 2005-2008 I could tell you every single thing that I ate during that time period as it is all still written down. Once I realized that my dietary intake wasn’t fluctuating to any great degree I stopped writing it down and haven’t been the worse for it since. I think that keeping the journal was instrumental in developing (and sticking to) a personal nutrition plan for myself. I know what works for ‘ME,’ what ‘I’ can tolerate, and how it all plays into various training tactics of ‘MINE.’ I recommend (no matter what method af tracking) that everyone keep a food journal at least once in their life, to develope an understanding of their own dietary necessities. Its part of your own “Self-ology”, and what is more important than that. P.S. MyFitnessPal is a wonderful app and you can gain access to your clients profiles too.
I sometimes keep a food journal, mostly if I see a change in the way my clothes are fitting, lose energy, or any other noticeable physical sign that my diet may be out of whack. When I journal, I’m pretty strict about logging everything, because I want to find out where the deficiency is. Usually a couple weeks is all it takes to get back on track. It’s also a good way to evaluate some of the newer tools out there! A coworker of mine recommended MyFitnessPal (I use it on my Android phone) and it’s remarkably easy to use and very comprehensive in what foods are in the database. Within 2 days I recommended it to a client and she loves it!
I think it’s a very helpful tool to motivate and educate clients, and it’s a way for them to take ownership of the process of physical change.
I don’t personally keep a food journal because my personal goals are not food related, but many of my clients do. It’s a fact that a person who tracks their diet in writing is more conscious of the foods they eat and, therefore, more apt to avoid or at least recognize poor choices.
One of my favorite sites / apps for a food tracker = myfitnesspal.com