Making nutritional changes that last is a challenge that many clients may struggle with. Without accountability and support, this can feel impossible. The Practice Better Food & Mood Journal offers your clients a variety of ways to access the support and accountability needed to make these changes.
The Food & Mood Journal is equipped with a food database that includes 600,000+ food and beverages, including 140,000+ restaurant items. The journal is a great tool to use with clients to increase their awareness, engagement, and help you gain insight into their nutrient intake and mood in relation to the foods they are eating.
You can choose to set personalized targets for your clients to help them with their goals. For example, you can set a daily water intake or nutrient consumption goal. Targets are a great way to keep track of a client’s progress as well as give them direction on what to aim for each day. Journal targets can also give clients self-accountability because they can observe their own progress towards achieving these set goals and targets.
Without ever leaving Practice Better, your clients can record their food, mood, and water intake.
Options for food tracking that you can provide to your clients include:
- Searching the food database for their specific food item
- Using a barcode scanner to scan packaged food or beverages
- Writing what they ate in their own words free form entries
- Uploading a photo of their meal
- Creating custom meals that can be saved and reused
By default, clients using the food database will be shown the nutritional information unless otherwise specified by you in your settings. This allows them to easily keep track of their nutrient targets as nutrient totals are added automatically. Clients entering Free Form entries can write what they ate in their own words. This generates an optional estimated nutritional breakdown based on the client’s description of the food they consumed.
For your clients’ convenience, foods they eat regularly or on rotation can easily be copied directly from previous days.
Hiding Nutrient Details
If you prefer not to show clients nutrient details, you can disable this on a client-by-client or account level. This would allow your clients to continue to enter their food information without them seeing any caloric or nutritional information while still keeping it visible to you in your Practitioner Portal.
Mood & Hunger Tracking
After clients input their food information, they can optionally record the location of their meal, the hunger levels before and after eating, and the client’s mood before and after eating. These added details are great for tracking symptoms, progress, and providing clients with more accurate feedback based on their mood entries.
To keep your clients motivated and engaged, you can post comments or use emojis on their journal entries. This is a great way to reinforce a good food choice or give them feedback on something they should change up. No more need to wait until your next session!
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