Many people find it hard to eat a balanced diet and discover that writing a food diary is a useful way to keep them on track. Learn more about writing a food diary and improve your English skills as you complete the activities. There is also a food diary for you to download and fill in.
▶Task 1 - comprehension
▶Task 2 - vocabulary
▶Task 3 - listening
▶Task 4 - your turn
Task 3 - listening
Last week, my family and I filled out a food diary. We wanted to keep track of what we were eating and it’s so difficult to do that when you have a busy life. Each day, we made a note of what we ate and at the end of the week, we could see what we ate in a typical day.
Yesterday, for instance, for breakfast, I had two slices of toast with butter and jam and a cup of tea with milk and sugar. My husband, Adam, had 2 sausages, 1 fried egg, 2 slices of bacon, 2 slices of toast, a spoonful of baked beans and a cup of coffee. Kamal, our son, had a bowl of porridge and a banana.
We always have a morning snack because we get hungry at about 11 o’clock. Yesterday, I had a cup of tea –again, with milk and sugar – and two chocolate biscuits. Adam had a packet of crisps and a can of coke, and Kamal had a glass of water and a raw carrot.
For lunch, I had a ham salad, a glass of orange juice and a yoghurt. Adam had a burger with chips, a chocolate bar and a bottle of water. Kamal had his lunch at school – I gave him a ham sandwich, an apple, an orange, a yoghurt and a bottle of water.
In the evening, we ate dinner as a family and we all had roast chicken and vegetables. For dessert, I had a chocolate pudding and Kamal had fruit salad - Adam had both! Kamal and Adam had a glass of water, but I had one more cup of tea – with milk and sugar, of course!
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What advice would you give the family in Task 3 to help them eat better?
- If you, your children, family and friends write a food diary, tell us how you get on.