Some ADAPT participants may be asked to complete a food record. If you have received an email about completing a food record, please review the instructions below.
Understanding what you eat is one of the most important parts of the study. You have been asked to complete a 3-day food record on the days specified in the email you received. We suggest that you please review the instructions below before you start recording your meals. Reviewing the instructions will help us gather the most detailed and accurate information on what you are eating. We thank you very much for your time and dedication to the ADAPT Study!
Please write down everything you eat and drink each day from midnight to midnight. Please do not alter your eating habits.
We understand that you may already use another way, such as an app, to track your diet and/or exercise. For the purpose of this study, to ensure all participants are reporting their diet consistently, we ask that for the 3 days specified in the email you received, you please use the electronic food record created for this study. At the end of the study, we will welcome your feedback on this tool.
All eating occasions should be recorded. This should be done during or shortly after each eating occasion. This includes meals, snacks, coffee, breaks, food eaten on the go, and dietary supplements.
Indicate if the food was raw or cooked. If cooked, was it baked, broiled, fried, steamed, boiled, or microwaved.
For meats, indicate if fat was trimmed; for chicken, indicate if skin was removed.
List brand names and any special version of the product, such as low sodium, low fat, or light. Whenever possible, please provide recipes or nutrition labels. There will be a place to upload these. If your recipe is online, you can provide a link. If your recipe is written down or in a book, you can take a picture and upload the picture.
Don’t forget these commonly forgotten foods:
Beverages, including water, alcoholic beverages, coffee, and tea
Additions to beverages: sugar, artificial sweeteners, creamer
Additions to foods: sauces, salt, pepper, sugar/sweeteners
Hard candies, mints, gum
Foods eaten in the car or on public transportation
Foods eaten at work or school functions
Tips for a successful 3-day diet record:
If you can, keep your food record questionnaire open on your smart phone
Keep receipts from food purchased away from home to help you remember (coffee runs, happy hour) if you cannot record an eating occasion right away
Use a bottle with ounces marked on the side for easy recording of fluids
Portion out foods like pasta, soup, or cereal with a measuring cup to make food amounts easier to record
Suggested guidelines for recording portion sizes:
When you record a portion size, please specify if portion refers to cooked or uncooked
Use ounces or dimensions (ie. 4” x 2” x ½” or 3” diameter) for:
Meat (indicate cut—tenderloin, chuck, etc)
Fish (indicate type—sole, salmon, etc)
Chicken (indicate piece—breast, thigh, etc)
Cheese (indicate type and brand)
Pizza, pie (ie. 1/6th of 8” diameter)
Cake, brownies, pastries
Specify how many and whether small, medium, or large (ideally, provide dimensions if possible) for:
Fresh, whole fruit
Note: For round items such as rolls, biscuits, and whole fruit, it can be helpful to estimate in relation to the size of a fist if you are unable to measure the exact dimensions.
Tips for estimating portion sizes:
1 oz of cheese=4 dice or 1 domino
1 tsp of butter= 1 die
3 oz meat/poultry/fish=1 deck of cards
2 tbsp peanut butter= 1 ping pong ball
1 oz chocolate=pack of dental floss
1 cup= baseball or size of fist
Use measuring cups for:
Pasta, rice, noodles, potatoes, beans
Cooked or raw vegetables; sliced or canned fruit
Ice cream, yogurt, sour cream, pudding, Jello
Use teaspoons or tablespoons for:
Butter, margarine, oil (don’t forget to record what is used in cooking)
Sauces, gravy, salad dressing
Jelly, peanut butter, syrup, creamer, sugar
Ketchup, mustard, mayonnaise
What about mixed dishes?
Mixed dishes can be listed with all ingredients in the same text entry box—please remember, if you have a recipe, you can upload it to save time! If you upload a recipe, you can use the text box for that meal item to indicate if you made any substitutions or alterations to the recipe. Also, please be sure to note how many servings the recipe makes (the food record will prompt you to record this) and how many servings you ate (this is prompted, as well).
Below is an example:
Note: If you made the salad dressing at home, we would ask you to specify how. For example, 1/3 cup Kirkland aged balsamic vinegar, 1/3 cup Filippo Berio virgin olive oil, dash of salt, dash of pepper
How do I record a homemade recipe, if I don’t have a link or picture of the recipe to upload?
Below is an example:
If you ate ¼ of the recipe, you would report eating 2 cups. If you ate ½ of the recipe, you would reporting eating 4 cups.
How do I record if I have eaten out?
For any chain or fast food restaurants, record the name of the restaurant where prompted. You will then be provided with a text box to record the item you ordered, size, and any additions or substitutions.
For conventional restaurants, include the description of the food and any additions (ie. sauces, gravies, condiments).
Restaurant name: Jan’s Diner (Boston, MA)
Below is an example:
Below is a list of common foods, along with a list of details that you will want to remember to record (if they apply)