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How To Keep A Diabetic Log

There are several different methods you can use to keep track of your dietary intake. A diet log is one of the easiest, and some helpful hints follow along with a sample page to help you begin your own. As you go along, you can look back and see your progress as you bring your disease under control. It is important to note here that diet is only part of a true diabetes control plan, so the log suggested here provides a place to record all aspects of your method.

If you test your blood sugar regularly, you will need to note the reading and time. If you have a bad reading, write down how you feel physically; this can help you notice early warning signs your body may give. Likewise if you are insulin dependent, note the time and dosage of each injection. Make sure you accurately record the time of each meal as well as precisely what you eat, and any exercise you take through the day. Exercise does not have to be hard or gym-based; any activity such as brisk walking (shopping or taking the kids for a walk) or even vigorous housecleaning can apply.

Commit to tracking yourself for a month, and take your log with you to all doctor appointments. Your log can be a valuable tool in helping to determine future treatment. This format provides a place to keep all pertinent information, so keep it close at hand. As you progress through the day, you can adjust your food choices and add medication or exercise to help keep your sugar levels stable. Make sure you are getting adequate servings of each food group by totaling your servings at the midpoint and bottom of the page.

Donít be discouraged if you miss an entry or two, but do try to implement a habit of meticulous record keeping. It will have an enormously positive impact on both your treatment and your daily health. Once you have managed to keep your log for a month, you can re-evaluate. Another month of logging is a wise plan to ensure your good eating habits have been firmly entrenched, then if you have stabilized your condition you may wish to move to a more informal style of record keeping. You may come to enjoy seeing the correlation between your diet and your health, however, and many people keep a food journal long after the initial need has passed.

You will see below that there are places to enter the details of each meal such as the number of exchanges of each type of food (carbs, meats, vegetables, fruits, dairy and fats) as well as any activity and dosage amounts of medication. You should also enter the times that you get up, eat, test your sugar, and go to bed.

Diabetic Diet Log

 

TIME

TEST #

CARB

MEAT

VEG

FRUIT

DAIRY

FAT

ACTIV

 DOSE  

  AM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MEAL  ONE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2  HRS LATER

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MEAL TWO

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2 HRS LATER

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MEAL THREE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2 HRS LATER

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NOON TOTAL

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MEAL FOUR

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2 HRS LATER

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MEAL FIVE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2 HRS LATER

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MEAL SIX

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2 HRS LATER

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SNACK (OPT)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DAILY TOTAL

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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