A Food Diary

One of the most important factors in identifying potential food triggers is your own observation.  Keeping a food diary in which you note down everything you consume is a useful way of detecting whether there is any significant pattern of reaction to a particular food or foods.

Following are a few useful tips for keeping a food diary and an example of how to set one out.

  1. The diary should be designed to make it easy for you to fill in and refer to
  2. Get a new exercise book or blank diary and make this your food diary.  Label it clearly and make sure it is a good size so that you can carry it with you when you are out and about for the day
  3. If the diary is for a child, then make sure that the child’s day care teacher, nanny or babysitter also has a copy or knows how to fill it out
  4. Include any medication that is taken and creams / oils that are applied
  5. Review the diary on a regular basis.  Look back each day and add any additional information that may help
  6. Have a food index page at the back of the diary to note down the ingredients that are in a favorite dish or food that you eat regularly.  This will prevent the need to list down the ingredients each time the food is consumed
  7. Take the diary with you all the time and especially when you go to your GP or naturopath.  They will find it a very useful tool and will be able to help you identify trigger

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