Food Diary - What is a Food Diary & Food Diary Download

Download a free food diary
Download a free food diary

A food diary is similar to a blood test diary. It allows you to note down your food and activity - incredibly useful for the newly diagnosed, children and those who want to keep an eye of their food or carbohydrates.

Transition periods

Many diabetics sometimes go through small transition periods when eating right seems to go off the rails and so can blood sugar levels and it can be hard to figure out why.

By taking the time to slow down, write things down for a week or two, and just focusing back on your diabetes, maybe by using a diary, you’re much more likely to get yourself back on track as you can see what you're eating.

Paper diaries

Paper diaries seem a bit ‘back to basics’ but they can really work wonders. However, you can also keep your diary on your computer.

Choose from a PDF version (for printing) or Excel version (for editing or using on your PC) of your food diary in either A3 and A4 size.

Those who do a lot of tests tend to rely on either downloading the blood glucose machine's data ahead of their doctors’ appointment, or just log in to a rolling spreadsheet in our own heads.

There’s nothing wrong with either of these, but if you’re going though a bad patch, do consider that a little bit of back to basics can really bring your control back.

Look for a food diary that suits you

If you think the diary you have is hard to use, then look around and see if another supplier does a diary you like better.

You might have to change blood test machine in order to access supplies of diaries, but if it means you end up using and getting the benefits of the diary, then maybe it’s worth going through the change.

You could even make up your own.

You end up looking at your results much more often than your care team, so stick with whatever works for you.

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You should live by the golden rule. " I have Diabetes it DOESN'T have me"
Posted by ybrinky, warrington on Saturday, February 18, 2012
The more and more I read - the more and more confused I get. Just been diagnosed with Type 2 - have to wait until April to see Dietician. Just also printed off sheet to show what I've been eating etc - how on earth do you know exactly what carbs etc are in all the products?? From one well confused person
Posted by suebb, Vale of Glamorgan on Friday, February 03, 2012
I really cannot let my life revolve around carb counting and the rest. The GPs refuse to give out testing strips so can only afford to test occasionally. Try my best to eat good diet and have cut out all sweeties except for the occassional treat. So diabetes may shorten my life if I don't let it run my present life! Well, my mom in a home at 99 and who would want that life.
Posted by keithfrom Bath, United Kingdom on Thursday, December 22, 2011
I have been T2D since 2002 have used Herbal & health food store remedies to control my diabetes, doing great! no problems with Neuropathy, Heart and my glucose levels are good my HbA1c level was 7, 1 month ago. If it helps anyone out there. I take Gymnema, Cinnamon, Alpha Lipoic Acid, Omega 3, Flax Seed and occasionally a tylenol if I get a headache. No other medical conditions yet. *Was not able to take Rx meds they all gave me a side effect** diarrhea was the #1 problem. Good luck everyone and take care.DDR
Posted by DDR, Arizona on Tuesday, August 09, 2011
Oh for goodness sake, this makes me angry. What Dr is going to give Type 2 diabteics enough BS sticks to test 3 times for every meal? I doubt they would give them to me to test 3 times for every meal, minimum ten a day, as a T1 diabetic. As for writing down the fat, protein, etc for every food stuff - when would I get a life outside diabetes? Believe me I do not eat/sleep/drink diabetes, I am certain with this would become neurotic and drive my friends mad. This is the problem with people trying to make a name for themselves in diabetes care nowadays. They have to add more and more to diet diaries etc just to make themselves seem different. Next they will have us calculating Zinc, Vit C, Vit D etc etc. I wonder if the person who invented this went on the same nutrition course I did, where they made you calculate all this for a week. Most people who gain good BS control record carbo contents, if they want to lose weight, look at the calories. Don't we have enough to do with that, BS tests, tablets and injections - we don't need turning into dieticians. Unless the maker of this complex system can give me a research base that would prove all of this is absolutely necessary, or is it just their personal hobby horse? Or just something else to beat diabetics over the head with - there is already enough of the blame game where diabetes is concerned without picking on every food group they eat. I have lived a long, long time counting carbs and keeping the healthy eating rules, as stated for every other member of the community. I do know of a good book I found in Waterstones that has photographs of food quantities and gives the carb/calorie value for what you see. I do not want to be accused of trying to sell something but the book is called Carbs and Cals I find this much easier, and the meal more a social event, than when trying to weigh foods and then sit calculating for hours before I even eat.
Posted by diabetes51, West Midlands on Friday, June 24, 2011
My son Ricardo was diagnosed type 1 after a DKA on 26.8.2006. His body still produces insulin after five years. He is now told he is a complex diabetic and has frequent hypo and hospital admission. Anyone else still producing insulin after five years?
Posted by Pauline Benavides, London on Saturday, May 14, 2011
It's true diabetes is not a nice thing to have. Maybe at first when you're younger when you don't pay attention to your diet and sweeties etc and your blood sugars are soaring but when you've had it ten or fifteen years the doctors/diabetic specialists dont give two flying hoots. You're just a name and a number and they muck around with your medication all the time 'cause we all know what they're trying to do, they're trying to get you on to the cheapest insulin or tablets going so they can waste their money on something else. I am apalled at my recent visits and non-existent aftercare. They should be ashamed at their level of primary aftercare given to diabetic patients who have had the condition ten or fifteen years they just automatically assume that you know what you are doing which I learnt you should never assume 'cause assuming makes an ass out of you and me!!! It's high time they got in the perth/crieff area a diabetic liaison nurse/specialist that is on a patient's one to one level; someone who is diabetic and knows what a pain in the arse of a condition it really is. I am totally ruined physically/financially now because of mine. I have more and more complications and their never ending leg ulcers/laser eye treatment/breathing problems/weight issues/heart conditions/depression issues/and the people at the dvla driving department never listen or read any information that you give them -yet if you were a drink driver you get your licence back after a year, no problems at all!!! This country is a total mess and its fat cat bankers/doctors that's making off it all and they have no feelings at all for people, like myself, what used to be a working class guy which brings me to my next rant. I drove for a whole year and covered 45,000 miles up and down to Edinburgh/London and never once had a hypo whilst driving and then one day on a very hot summer's day I took a hypo in somebody else's car and the next thing I knew my driving licence was being revoked. Hello?! When the paramedics came, what side of the car was I sitting in? I thank you and I have never driven an automatic huh. I think it's high time people listen to the real person inside the diabetic. We have feelings too you know. Yours Most Angry And Annoyed At This Horrid Diabetic Life xx Gary-Scott Mclean xx
Posted by GARY-SCOTT MCLEAN , Crieff near Perth on Wednesday, April 27, 2011
I invented a diary on Excel for Hannah (she is 5). I am no expert but I am used to how mine looks now so I find looking at the downloadable 1 strange. I have mine set out into sections for each meal/snack, with a space for writing the glucose reading and no of units. Then list the foods below that and a space at the side for writing notes (I write things like - gave her x amount of carbs so insulin given = x amount, but she only ate x amount) (she is 5 after all!). I hoped doing this would help me to identify trends in what causes hypo's etc (but it still makes no sense!). With my document I add rows to show additional readings/what I did to resolve hypo's etc. It helps me to explain to the docs what happened on such a date if they are not happy with a certain set of readings etc but most of all it is for me - something to look back on and to show Hannah.
Posted by HannahL's_mum, West Yorkshire on Tuesday, April 26, 2011
The diaries look pretty facile to me.
Posted by Andy, London on Tuesday, April 26, 2011
I am type 2 diabetes, I'm on weight loss tablets from drs, I hardly exercise as I have heart problems and I'm over weight. I need help with food as I'm overeating and I cannot stop.
Posted by christine hall, Nottingham on Tuesday, April 26, 2011
I don't know much about brittle diabetes, but I had very poor control until I got an insulin pump a couple of years ago. When I got the pump, I wrote everything down as a cross reference in case there were problems. Keeping a record of insulin doses, carb intake and blood readings helped me to understand a hell of a lot more. without being rude to the LRI, it may be worth speaking to another clinic.
Posted by mark perry, Loughborough on Tuesday, April 26, 2011
I can't see the point of the PDF or A3 versions and where does the nutritional content come from?
Posted by Patrick Cockell, Kent on Tuesday, April 26, 2011
I'm sorry. I don't know how to use any of these dairies. I must sound stupid.
Posted by shymandy66, Dundee, Scotland on Wednesday, April 13, 2011
I have brittle diabetes and find it very hard to control. Is there anything that could help and how about more information about it and how to cope with it and maybe a blood meter and record book that could help. I now am getting the problems with diabetes due to this problem. The doctors just keep saying you must be messing about with your meds 'til they seen I was not. Was still not much help as I am not able to take human insulin as it causes problems with my heart. So yes great fun to control.
Posted by Graham Pilkington, Leicester on Tuesday, April 12, 2011
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