How To Make a Food Journal That Will Help You Heal
Learning how to make a food journal is pretty simple.
Has your doctor recommended you start a food journal, or maybe you want to try it on your own?
You can easily keep a food journal and take it with you everywhere you go.
This is the best first step you can take once you start experiencing any chronic GI distress.
This is such a crucial first step that can take you a long way on healing your gut.
Where Do I Begin?
Make sure you have a purpose for this journal.
What is it that you are trying to discover?
for the sake of this post, we want to determine IBS trigger foods and how they effect your symptoms.
We will explore what foods/drinks are causing your symptoms by keeping track of your diet through a journal.
Do NOT Change Your Diet…Yet
Changing your diet prior to keeping a journal kind of defeats the purpose.
We want to know what foods and beverages that CURRENTLY exist in your diet cause symptoms and IBS flares.
So hold off on this step until AFTER you’ve figured out IBS trigger foods.
Once we’ve determined any triggers, we can create a custom diet that will cater to our needs.
Just be sure the changes you make still get you all the necessary nutrients your body needs, consulting a doctor should be done prior to making any changes.
What Information Do We Need?
For each entry each day, be sure to include what you have consumed, when you consumed it and how much of it you consumed.
You can split this us into meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks), or however makes the most sense to you.
So remember, WHAT, WHEN and HOW MUCH.
Sometimes, the time of day and the amount of a food or drink can effect you differently.
For example, if I work out a half an hour after eating, I usually get IBS cramps.
For my own body, I know that I need to wait at least an hour, but a little longer is better.
Also, some foods you may be able to tolerate in smaller amounts, but not larger.
Moderation is key, but wait to make any changes until you’ve made connections and found patterns in your journal.
Journaling Made Easy
Health Journal: Discover Food Intolerances and Allergies: (A Food Diary that Tracks your Triggers and Symptoms)
This is the best health journal I’ve found and it works perfectly for IBS.
This journal allows you to track foods, beverages, medications, sleep and even exercise each day.
You can take the journal with you to work or school.
It’s nice to have all of this information kept in one place and keep you organized.
You won’t need to know how to make a food journal with this super simple set up.
IBS Journal Sheets Make Life Simple
IBS Tracker Pages
These IBS tracker sheets are customized just for us!
They can be added to an existing planner, binder or folder.
Everything is simplified and easy to keep track of.
This is easy to carry around with you day to day, as you only need to bring a single sheet.
If this needs to be turned into a doctor it’s nice to turn in these sheets vs. an expensive journal you paid a lot of money for.