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Whether You're Eating the Right Breakfast

Logging your appetite throughout the day can help you identify what foods fill you up, and which ones leave you hungry again in an hour or two (it's different for everyone), says Armul. "I ask clients to rank their hunger levels," she says. "If they're starving every day by lunchtime, then maybe their breakfast isn't effective." (Perhaps try making one of these 10 Protein-Packed Yogurt Bowls That Will Jump Start Your Morning.)

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Your Personal Food-Mood Connection

Some people turn to food when they're frustrated, says Lawrence, while others feel they "deserve" an indulgence after accomplishing something tough. Writing down your emotions when you log your food keeps emotional eating in the front of your mind, which can help curb binging or mindless munching. Writing can also help replace that emotion-driven indulgence. "If you feel like eating but you've just had a meal, write down your feelings instead," says Lawrence. Did you know that certain foods can actually boost your mood, too?

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Why You've Been Feeling Lightheaded

People don't always think to log water in a food journal, but the information is really crucial, says Lawrence. (Are you drinking enough water? Do you have any of the Five Signs of Dehydration? And no, the color of your pee isn't the only factor.) If you see that you're not drinking enough throughout the day, it could help explain symptoms like constipation and dizziness, which are both associated with dehydration.

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How to Boost Your Workouts

Armul has her clients log very specific notes about their workouts, including the intensity, the duration, what they ate before and after, and how they felt before, during, and after their sweat sessions. "If you find that you're consistently feeling pooped halfway through your workouts, you can tweak your afternoon snacks to help boost your energy," she says. It's especially important to log nutrition while you're training for an event, she adds, so you'll know the best fuel for your body on race day.

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What's Causing Your Digestion Issues

If you keep a log of your symptoms (bloating, cramping) along with your food journal, it'll be easier to see associations between what you eat and how you feel, as well as any possible food allergies, says Priya Lawrence, M.S., R.D.N., co-founder of Tried and True Nutrition. "If someone comes to me with IBS concerns or constipation, I immediately look for food allergies," she says. Keeping notes can help you make more precise connections because you'll know not just what symptoms you had, but when. And if you do any sort of elimination diet, it's crucial to keep a good food and symptom diary.

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