Photo Food Journal

by Fat Daddy, Esq. on March 1, 2010

In connection with my new outlook on food, I am trying to eat healthier and exercise more. Instead of getting a fast food salad I decided to go to the local grocery store and pick up ingredients to make my own salad at work. While I was making my lunch I had an epiphany, I could take pictures of my food with my iPhone and use it as a food journal. (A simple Google search later confirmed that many others without my prior knowledge had the same epiphany, so don’t think I am trying to claim some novel concept for myself.)

I have read countless articles about the need to keep a food journal and I have even tried to do so in the past with lackluster results. I had been searching the iTunes store for an app that I could use for a food journal but never found one I really liked. I almost always have my iPhone with me and it just takes a second to snap a photo, so I think this will be a good way to document my meals.

Here is lunch; a chicken, strawberry and walnut salad with Italian dressing, baby carrots and a red delicious apple:

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justfortuitous March 1, 2010 at 3:09 pm

Good luck with your healthy eating! I’m taking photos of my food too…it helps me keep track of what I’m eating and helps me see patterns that I don’t normally notice about my habits. =)


fatdaddyesq March 2, 2010 at 11:09 am

Thanks for the encouragement. I’m glad to see the idea has some merit and has worked for others already. Good luck with your efforts as well.


Hot Momma March 2, 2010 at 10:13 am

I’m liking the idea. Mind if I steal it for myself as well? But, at some point do we weed out the old pictures or just keep building a huge library of food pictures on the iphone?


fatdaddyesq March 2, 2010 at 11:01 am

I plan to download the pictures to a folder on my computer rather than keeping them stored on the phone. I am naming the pictures by date and meal.


Hot Momma March 3, 2010 at 10:55 am

I probably will have to have you do that for me since every time I plug the phone into my computer I lose everything and set it back to factory settings thereby causing much confusion and frustration to myself.

Save me, my techno hero.


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