Maybe your energy isn’t where you need it to be? Maybe you’re completely confused about choosing the right diet plan to lose the pesky pounds that won’t go away? Or maybe, like me, you’ve suffered from innumerable bouts of bloating, perhaps alternating constipation and diarrhea and you wonder if there’s a connection to food.
Of course, always seek medical help for any issues with gastrointestinal symptoms, but when you walk out of the doctor’s office with no help, it doesn’t mean you have to live in discomfort.
Many people find success using a food log or food journal to make connections between what they’re eating, their energy level, hunger, and any associated symptoms.
Just find a spot that makes the most sense, and write down what you eat throughout the day along with how you’re feeling before and after.
Some options on how to do it:
- Write in your planner. This way you don’t have to use another notebook or journal. Simply record what you ate, when, and how you feel at the end of the day (or anytime you notice a symptom, jot down the time)
- Add to your online calendar: Google calendar works for some! Just add it at the time you ate and then later, at the end of the day, add notes about how you felt.
- Use an app that makes recording food easy. I use one called Loseit but needed the paid version to add notes. When I was going through a lot of issues with bloating, being able to record notes about when I was experiencing my symptoms helped me track some of the trigger foods.
- Find a pretty notebook that you’ll want to write in. Even better, get some smooth pretty gel pens. They make everything more fun!
- Set a timer to check in with your body. It’s easy to forget how we felt yesterday 2 hours after eating, but having this info will help you be a better detective for yourself.
Eating the way that’s best for you is a key factor in your health and well-being! Remember: little experiments and detective work can lead to big wins in understanding what foods fuel you to be your most energized self.