Your general health is intimately connected with the foods and drinks you put into your body. Each person is unique in what food or drink can trigger feeling unhealthy and rundown. It is very easy to lose track of which foods and drinks can be wreaking havoc with your health. A great way to do some detective work about how your body responds to food is to keep a Food Diary.
What to Log on a Daily Basis
Getting specific is the best way to track your dietary intake. You will need to list each food separately and give the specific size, volume, weight, or number of items for each entry. The more detail you can log about the food you are eating, the better. For example, if you have a slice of cake, estimating its size, whether it is made from scratch or a box, and how much frosting it has, can be very important information.
Noting where you made or purchased your food can be important information. Some of the meals you will eat and log have many components. Be patient and commit to the process for as many days as you can. This effort can be part of changing how you feel every day.
Another important step in keeping your Food Diary is to log everything you drink in a day. Beverages can affect how you feel and trigger unwanted reactions in your body, just as much as food. You will list beverages in the same way.
You might not notice a reaction to specific foods or drinks in the first days of keeping your Food Diary. As you log each of your entries, you will become more aware of how you feel and will be able to more accurately associate some of the foods and drinks with your body’s reactions.
What to do with your Food Diary Information
Your Food Diary can be a log just for your own information or you can share it with your doctor or a nutritionist. You can make small changes to your diet on your own, such as switching from soda to water or cutting down on sugar intake. If you are considering making more radical adjustments, consulting with your doctor is the best course of action. He or she will have significant and personally relevant information from your Food Diary and will be able to work with you to create a food plan that will hopefully improve how you feel every day.