Being a grown up and having to food shop sucks. It’s twice as confusing when you work from home and have to pre-think about what to eat for lunch. I used to love popping out and trying cool new places for lunch but being in the flat means I need to have a stocked fridge, ready for the hunger to strike. I’d noticed that Rich and I had fallen into the habit of rarely ever food shopping. We’d pick up bits that we needed as we decided we needed them but we’d put off a big weekly food shop, out of laziness really. Then what happens is the flat has no food and when it comes to breakfast and lunch I’d have to make something up using whatever I could find. It rarely ended well.

I thought I’d keep a week’s food diary, not really for health reasons but more so I could see where I was lacking and where I could swap in some new meal ideas and ingredients. Seeing it on paper makes it much easier for me to write a shopping list. I knew this would only work though if I kept it completely honest and didn’t try and eat better so it looks better in the diary.

So here it is! Showing the contents of your food diary is a bit like showing someone inside your underwear drawer (although you’re likely to just find granny M&S pants and cashmere socks in there). It was really interesting to see it all down in writing though, I’d highly recommend trying it. Here’s 10 things I learnt for my week long honest food diary.

I drink more than I tell the dentist //
You know when your dentist asks “how many units do you drink a week” and you’re like “ohh I rarely drink, only occasionally when I go out!”. To be fair, it was a busy week with lots of events BUT who knew I drank so much alcohol?! It’s not the end of the world as I know I have a balance and some weeks, especially when I’m at home I don’t have any. I’m glad I’ve found “my drink” though, Gin & Tonics are definitely one of the more clean drinks out of them all.

When the fridge is empty //
I end up collecting the most random things in the house and trying to make some kind of meal out of them. Rice cakes with humous and cucumber?! That’s just not enough nutrition for my liking.

Eating better when eating out  //
There are so many reasons why I get lazy when cooking at home so it means when I eat out I study the menu hard and pick the most delicious, (most the time) healthy dish so it means when I eat out I’m usually getting a lot more goodness than I am when at home.

I need some breakfast inspiration //
I’ve always hated breakfast and I usually either have avocado on toast or porridge with fruit and maple syrup. It’s so boring though and I really have to force feed myself. I want to find a breakfast that I love and want to eat. I also need to make my Birchir Muesli recipe more often!

I miss my juicer //
When I lived at home I had a juicer but somehow it didn’t make it’s way over to our flat (thanks Mum!). I used to find juice was a great “in the meantime” when I wasn’t quite ready for breakfast or wanted to delay lunch so I could make something interesting. Carrot, apple and celery is my favourite combo. I need a new juicer.

So I DO have a sweet tooth //
I’ve always insisted that I don’t have a sweet tooth and although I still stand by my “I’m more of a savoury person” fact, this diary shows me that I can rarely get through a day without some kind of chocolate, biscuit or sweet. It’s often something small, I’m not one to over indulge on chocolate but nonetheless it’s there. I’ve bought some dried fruit this week to see if that works as a substitute.

Tea does NOT have to equal two biscuits //
I’ve developed such a habit over the years of having two biscuits with my evening cup of tea. I actually think that if I took a sip of tea it would curb those cravings but I immediately dunk in a biscuit before I’ve even had a sip! I’m going to try and go biscuit free this week. I think if they’re just not in the flat, I won’t eat them!

Bring back the lunchtime pizza rolls! //
I used to eat these Pizza rolls for lunch and they’re so so good I don’t know why I stopped. They’re really easy to make, you can customise them however you like and it’s the perfect lunch for me. I’m bringing these back in a big way!

Hangry Habits // 
Being a hangry person means when hunger strikes there is no time for cooking, faffing or experimenting, I just need to eat! So to avoid eating whatever I see first I’m going to try and make soups or salads on Sunday to last the week. At least then it’s already made and all I have to is serve it up!

Bottles of Water //
Thanks to Evian who sent me a huge box of left over water from Wimbledon I have been drinking a whole load of water recently. I love Evian so that helps but I also think opening a new bottle made me more likely to finish it to prevent waste. I’m not going to be buying hundreds of bottles of water though, it’s terribly bad for the environment but maybe I’ll get a reusable bottle and try to drink one a day!

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64 Responses

  1. Avanti says:

    Super interesting! You have really inspired me to do much the same! I try to be aware of my eating habits and I think the worst thing I do is eat a whole load of unhealthy snacks in the afternoon. Mustchange that around.


  2. Monochrome Roses says:

    This is such an interesting post Lily! I might actually try keeping one of these food diaries to see if I’m really being as healthy as I think! x


  3. Inma says:

    I dread to think what would be in my honest food diary. I think I have an idea in my head that I am super healthy and that is definitely what I try to be, but I’m sure I would find worse things than expected!

    Inma x

  4. Astrid says:

    Wow your food diary looks so much healthier than mine! I’m def taking some notes, although I will have to substitute something on Monday as there is just not enough nutrition for me.

  5. Sophie says:

    I love this idea! Definitely going to start one myself this week!

    Sophie x | SophiesMakeupBlog

  6. Kelly White says:

    I would reccomend getting a bobble bottle! Their great 🙂

  7. That’s an interesting project ! I might do the same (and realize I only eat garbage ahah)

  8. Emma Inks says:

    I started using my fitness pal to log my food, it is so much easier to make changes when it is all written down and you can be honest with yourself.

    Emma Inks

  9. This was so interesting to read Lily!


  10. I know the tea and biscuit problem, somehow these things get linked and you find yourself eating them out of habit more than anything else.

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

  11. Lauren says:

    You actually eat pretty well compared to me haha. My meals are generally healthy but it’s the snacks that I can’t help! x


  12. Going to start my bullet journal in march because of my exams in two weeks. Your posts really helps 🙂

    Greets from Anni,


  13. Sophie Bird says:

    Lily, Why don’t you have a weekly online delivery. We have Ocado every Saturday morning. They are excellent and after your first order, subsequent orders are so quick and easy to make with their recommended order facility.

  14. Jodie says:

    I think I’d be horrified at what I ate over the course of a week if I did this, although I definitely can see how it helps you realise where you go wrong! x

    Jodie // Jodie Loue

  15. Emma Murray says:

    I log what I eat with an app and what I eat isn’t really the best haha I don’t drink any alcohol but I need to up my water! And also cut out processed foods.. I don’t eat too badly but can always be improved! Em xx


  16. Paige says:

    I write down what I eat everyday and it really helps me! Loved this post x


  17. Jenny says:

    “It’s twice as confusing when you work from home and have to pre-think about what to eat for lunch. I used to love popping out and trying cool new places for lunch”

    Um, try not working from home but also not being made of money. That means not only having to prethink about what to eat but also having to preplan and make something that is transportable and packing it the night before or early in the morning…

  18. Chloe says:

    It’s great!

  19. Excellent post Lily – it really helps to monitor your eating habits if you’re trying to be more mindful about what you’re eating/ drinking.

    You would love the Superfood Salad & Happiness Pasta recipes in Jamie Oliver’s latest book. Let me know if you’d like me to send them to you X

    Emma | HarmonyBlaze.co.uk

  20. Fran says:

    we only shop for veggies, fruits and eggs each week in the farmer’s market, since we stocked the pantry months ago and is still going. As with chicken and fish (we’re not really eating pork or beef anymore..), when they’re in sale, we buy a lot and then freeze them 🙂 But yeah, it’s been a struggle to figure out what to buy, and don’t get me started with a weekly menu!
    Luckily for years I’ve been preparing lunches to pack for the next day, even when I was in uni and living with my parents, at least I have that habit…

  21. Katie Goodall (thedailybeaut) says:

    I think this is such a good idea! I tend to do things like this when I’ve forced myself back on the diet bandwagon, but I might just have to start doing this more often. I never tend to do big shops anymore as it’s just a pain to walk to the supermarket! So I’m often lacking in basic things to make the bits and bobs that I do have in, into a meal.

    Lovely post!

    Katie Goodall | thedailybeaut | beautdaily.blogspot.com

  22. Lucy Alex says:

    I definitely need to start doing this! I’m so bad for snacking on bits and bobs I find in the fridge and not actually making anything wholesome and nutritious.

    Lucy x


  23. Very interesting post I think I might give this a go 🙂 x

  24. Wow a food journal takes a lot of dedication! I’ve wanted to try one but don’t have the patience


  25. I’ve recently started paying a lot more attention to what I eat. I’ve got a Fitbit so like to enter everything into the app. I was shocked at how much I was snacking between meals! Over the last month or so I’ve managed to ween myself off of snacks, and if I really want one I try to only have one per day. So far I’ve noticed that I actually didn’t need to snack, I think it was more eating out of boredom x

    Rebecca | http://rawrrbeccabeauty.blogspot.co.uk/

  26. Lisa Santos says:

    pizza rolls sound very, very nice!


  27. The Beauty Scanner says:

    I love what you have taken away from doing this. I need to do this but I know that there would be way too many mini chaddars and not enough kale or greens in my food diary! i’m loving these new lifestyle posts lily!

    Shiana xo

  28. luceellen says:

    This is a really good idea! I need to do this for my self, thanks for the great post!

    luce | http://luceellen.co.uk xxx

  29. Muselil says:

    I also think of myself as a savoury person, but I never buy these things to keep at home, so I end up eating a piece of chocolate, and one piece is enough for me. But my problem is that I don’t drink enough water during the day and too much coffee, and my breakfast is nothing huge because I have to leave home really early in the morning and can’t be bothered (even though I know this is really bad, I’m just not hungry that early in the morning).

  30. Dixin says:

    Really good post once again!!! 💘 Loving your quality posts! Only getting better 🙂

  31. grace says:

    I’ve been keeping a food and exercise journal for the last month and it has been the best thing I’ve done! I didn’t think it would make a lot of difference but it’s really helped me cut out the mindless snacking and also budget better for my weekly shop.

    Grace | eat, write + explore x

  32. I am WAY too scared to document what I eat in a week. I’ve tried it before, and I end up with a horribly inaccurate record, because I talk myself out of eating something because I have to write it down. Never worked for me. I’m impressed you kept it up!!

    Whitney | http://www.imaginarybookclub.com

  33. Alk A says:

    I always get breakfast idea from instagram! 🙂


  34. Helen Louise says:

    I dread to think what I would reveal if I kept a food diary :’) I’m an absolute biscuit fiend, especially with a cup of tea, so I’ve had to ban myself from keeping any at home or at work because I will just devour a whole packet in a matter of days. I’m definitely going to try out your pizza rolls!

  35. Susan says:

    Great post. G&T is my fav drink, too.
    I happen to love grocery shopping & cooking at home.

  36. I love this post, it was such an interesting read. I’d hate to do this for myself though, there’d be so much chocolate on, haha x


  37. I need to start writing down what I eat, I really think it will help me plan my means for the week so this is a very good idea.

    Me and my boyfriend do the same with avoiding the big shop but it’s so much more expensive so I really need to stop just popping into the shop.

    This post is getting me motivated 😀

    Hannah x

  38. Love Tia says:

    i really want to try and make more interesting breakfasts as i always either have porridge or cereal which does get boring!


  39. Oh man, I eat like a monster so I would probably be too embarrassed to keep a food journal, but it’s good to become more aware of what your eating, and when!
    Breakfast can be hard to plan, I sometimes make breakfast smoothies with oats, almond milk, banana, strawberries, and kale. It tastes really good, and it’s very filling
    Blue Jazzmin

  40. Aimee Barnes says:

    i would love to try this! I’m terrified of seeing how badly I eat written down though ahaha!


  41. The Sunday Mode says:

    I found this really interesting, but I agree that sharing what you eat in a week would feel oddly daunting! I’m not a breakfast fan either but one thing that’s really converted me is Acai bowls topped with granola, they’re so good.


  42. Lu Suito says:

    This is such a good idea, I should start doing it.

    lu | Coco & Louis

  43. Ellenor says:

    Such an honest account. I going to give this test a go next week! 🙂


  44. daisycandle says:

    This is really interesting, i have tried to keep a food diary so many times but I end up not logging all my meals due to beig busy at work and forgetting important food I eat :/ will definitely attempt it again though 😀


  45. Alice says:

    This was really interesting to read. Food diaries and me have a mixed relationship as I have spent a lot of time being forced to write them – sometimes I find that they can make you feel really bad about yourself and I don’t think its a healthy habit to have for longer than a week!

    That said, the way you have approached this is inspiring. Using it as a springboard to make healthier decisions is a brilliant way to work. I would advise people not to get tooooo into writing down what they consume though, remember to live too!

    Whiskey Jars Blog xx

  46. Nazlıgül says:

    Wow. I think I’ll never be such person who can put herself into a diet but I’m putting weight though. I might need one as well!


    Nazlıgül | on my own way

  47. nueyork says:

    This is definitely a good exercise to do, especially for someone like me who isn’t that accountable for what they eat. It would really be eye opening!


  48. This is such a great idea! I started documenting this on an app just because I was curious as to what I put in my body and I’ve found I really struggle with eating, not because I don’t like it, just because I always seem to make the same thing week in and week out and I’m so bored, but don’t have a clue how to spice up my meals, whether it be breakfast, lunch or dinner! but mainly dinner! The pizza rolls sound delicious! I may have to give this a go you know!

  49. Lauren S says:

    I definitely think I should give this a go as I always get bored with meals especially at dinner, end up eating the same and feeling dissatisfied!

    Lauren x
    Britton Loves | Lifestyle Beauty Wellbeing

  50. This is such a good thing to do. I’m definitely going to try it. I’m a student and find it so hard to stay on top of the food shopping and the temptation to go out for dinner is always so high, but it’s such a waste of money I should be spending on my rent!

    Love this!

    Em | beautyandbullshitt x

  51. lanidicat says:

    I have been doing a food diary since the start of the year and it’s been an eye opener at times! I am so pleased to work in an office sometimes so I don’t have the fridge calling me constantly though… 😉

    LANI / https://lanidicat.wordpress.com/

  52. Nimra Imran says:

    This post has been such an eyeopener and something I definitely want to try out! thank you for a lovely post! x


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  54. Mia says:

    I got a nutribullet for Christmas and its been an amazing addition to our kitchen. I’m not a breakfast eater normally but now I make a juice or smoothie with it mid-morning and it tides me over til dinner even sometimes. Highly recommend as an easy way to get your nutrients without much fuss. 🙂

  55. abbie says:

    This post has made me rethink my whole life! I see what you mean… this is something I need to do so I can eat a little better. Thanks lilly! I just want to say that I find your videos so soothing. your voice could send me to sleep (in a good way not a “your really boring way”) you are very relaxing and I love your makeup get ready with me’s!


  56. Anamaria says:

    I have a feeling that I’m always thinking about food hahah and not a day passes that I didn’t have something sweet, oh well 😉

  57. lavinya royes says:

    omg food shopping really does suck! keeping a food diary is a good idea! – x

    Lavinya Royes – Fashion & Lifestyle Blog

  58. I’ve used the MyFitnessPal app off-and-on since 2011 to keep track of food I eat in a day and I always found it helped me decide if I’m eating something because I was bored or if I was actually hungry. It also encourages me to make healthier choices throughout the day!

    Meal prep has been something I’ve been doing more lately too and it helps me eat more nutritious dinners when I get home from work in the evenings and just want to eat dinner ASAP.

  59. catherine ♡ says:

    This is so interesting! I used to keep a food diary and sometimes you don’t realise how badly/well you’ve been eating until you see it all written down! x

  60. Ash says:

    I was going to give that idea a try this week… buuuuut it was my birthday yesterday, so cake and chocolate happened. Next week will be better. Yup.


  61. Mehar Singh says:

    This is such an awesome post!!


  62. Candice Farr says:

    Try the Brita bottle. I love mine. The bottle itself is BPA free and you get the filter in there so the water you are drinking is a good quality. Also, as you know how much is in there (600ml) it’s really easy to make sure you’re drinking at least the recommended intake of water every day. I aim to have at least 4 full bottles. 😉💦X

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