Ever gain five pounds and really have no idea what could have caused it? You've been eating as you normally do and getting your regular walks in. Except maybe you forgot to account for those pieces of birthday cake at the office, the sampling around the table at a recent dinner with friends, or the missed exercise due to a stretch of bad weather. It's easy to forget, or ignore, the little things that can quickly add up to bigger problems.
So how do you keep a handle on your health care habits? Since having someone follow you around with a video camera all day is probably not an option (unless you have your own reality TV show), keeping a written diary or log of things like food, exercise, and blood sugar test results is the next best way to get an accurate picture of your healthcare habits.
Making daily entries in a health journal, or log, raises your awareness of the choices you make that impact your diabetes. Plus, studies have shown that using tracking tools such as diaries and logs can help you achieve your health goals at a much higher success rate!
Here are some tracking tools to help you gain more control of your diabetes life!
Food Diary ( .pdf)
Exercise Diary ( .pdf)
Blood Glucose Log ( .pdf)
Dual Food & Exercise Tracker ( .pdf)
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