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Many people begin the new year with a resolve to improve their health. This improvement often starts with changing what they eat.

A food diary can be a useful tool in this process. It can help you understand your eating habits and patterns, and help you identify the foods — good and not-so-good — you eat on a regular basis. Research shows that for people interested in losing weight, keeping a journal can be a very effective tool to help change behavior. In one weight loss study of nearly 1,700 participants, those who kept daily food records lost twice as much weight as those who kept no records. 

What should you include in a food diary?

Most experts agree that the secret to successful food journaling is accuracy and consistency. So, what should you record? A basic food diary should include the following:

  • What are you eating? Write down the specific food and beverage consumed and how it is prepared (baked, broiled, fried, etc.). Include any sauces, condiments, dressings, or to...

April 26, 2015

Chipotle, the long-time Millennial favorite, has done it again. And again. And again. The beloved Mexican chain recently announced that it will start delivering (yes, I said delivering) the delicious burritos and bowls that you would otherwise have to wait on a line that probably extends around the circumference of the restaurant for. This was enough to bring us instant-gratification loving Millennials to our knees. Then, Chipotle outdid itself for the foodie generation of America.

This week, Chipotle announced that it has removed all genetically modified organism ingredients from the food it serves in its restaurants (Forbes). The change was the result of Chipotle’s pledge in 2013 to become completely GMO free. Chipotle CEO told the New York Times that the move is “another step toward the visions we have of changing the way people think about and eat fast food.” However, it also seems to be a clear attempt to win over Millennials (like they haven’t already…). The campaign to share the...

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