The Simple Beauty Of A 24-Hour Food Recall

Shout out to Martin MacDonald and the staff of Mac-Nutrition UNI for introducing me to this handy little tool. While they may not have been the ones to create it, I’ve been using it a lot for many of my client consultations. A 24-hour food recall won’t help every client (I’ve been hard-pressed to find anything that serves everyone equally) but it can be helpful if you’re trying to make some small changes for possibly big results in your diet.

This is also the first blog of it’s kind I’ve ever written. What I mean by that, is that I want you to interact with me regarding your responses. You can comment below this article if you’d like, comment on Facebook or Instagram where it will be posted, or you can email me directly at [email protected]

On the day I’m writing this, my diet has been abnormal. I figured this would be as good a day as any to post my own 24-hour recall so that you can put yourself in my shoes and do some investigative work. Much like being able to offer great relationship advice to a friend and not always being aware of your own misgivings in your relationships, you might find that by looking at my day of eating (as uncharacteristic as it is), that you could give me some tips if I wanted to lose weight.

For the record, I’m not trying to lose any weight (have you seen me lately? I need every damn calorie I can get!) However, what I’d like you to do is “assume” that weight loss, any amount of weight loss is my goal.

Assume as well that I am, as of now, unwilling to change my dietary style. So, we can pretend that I eat this way every day and I just want to drop some pounds without making a 180 degree dietary turn.

Intentionally, I will be posting quantities of the foods I ate with some margin of error and I won’t be giving you much detail when it comes to actual serving size or where the food came from.


2 cups coffee black

2 eggs

4 slices of bacon

2 thick cuts of turkey breast


1 Vanilla pudding


4 pieces of fried chicken (breast (2), leg, wing)

1 buttermilk biscuit


Baja Fish Taco Bowl (cod, radishes, slaw, Mexican mayo, cilantro, cucumber, avocado, black beans)

After Dinner


1 piece dark chocolate

And there you have it. One weekend day of eating that does not fit my norm but I consumed it. Now, what would you change about my day if I told you I wanted to eat basically the same way (style of eating) BUT I also want to drop some pounds?

Bonus Points if you can send me your 24-hour recall and offer the same suggestions for yourself.

Dieting doesn’t have to be difficult and you can still eat basically the same way you like (with some degree of compromise).