My name is Kacy Grossman, and today we will be talking about food diaries. Food diaries are a great tool to help you take an honest look at what, how much and what types of foods you are eating. It's best to keep an open, non-judgmental mind when you're entering into this process. Food diaries are a helpful tool when communicating with your registered dietitian or doctor about your eating patterns. It can help you identify areas of the day when you're not eating enough food, areas of the day when you're eating too much food maybe. It can also help you identify food groups that are lacking from your diet, such as fruits, vegetables, maybe too many carbohydrates not enough protein throughout the day. It's important to be realistic when thinking about the method of keeping a food diary that you will use. Maybe you'll use your phone if you have your phone on you constantly throughout the day, or maybe you prefer writing these things down with a pen and paper, and then you can choose some sort of notebook that's most realistic for you, something that can fit in your purse or your briefcase. In addition to just writing the food in your food diary, you may want to consider writing the time that you ate the food, where you ate the food,`any emotions you felt before or after eating the food and how full you were after the meal. This will also help you communicate with your dietitian or doctor and yourself about what's working for you and what's not working for you and where you can make some changes. Maybe it's not all about changing up your entire eating pattern, maybe it's about changing up if you pack your lunch or how often you're eating out, where you're eating, how distracted you are when you're eating. Your food diary can tell you all of that information.