Monday, May 14, 2012

Food Journal

Unconscious snacking is a habit that might lead to overeating and unnecessary weight gain. To help curb this, encourage kids to keep an inventory of their snacking in a food journal throughout the week.
Children should keep track of the types of foods they snack on and how much they eat in a single sitting, and then look up and track the nutritional information about their snacks. At the end of the week, review the journal with kids and discuss their observations. Examine whether students were surprised by their eating habits, and challenge them to create an alternative healthy snack menu for the next week. For the second week of food journaling, ask students to also keep track of their energy level as well. Continue to challenge students to track what they eat, as well as their energy levels and even the amount of/the different types of exercise they participate in each week.

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