Food Diary

food diaryA food diary is a record of everything you have eaten and the symptoms that followed. Food diary’s can be used for weight loss or to aid in the diagnosis in food allergies or intolerances. When being evaluated by a doctor or dietician for food allergies it can be difficult to remember every food that you have eaten that causes a reaction. If you keep a food diary it can help the doctor or dietician in ordering the best tests, make a correct diagnosis, and choose the best treatments. 

How do you use a food diary?

It is best to use a food diary for a minimum of two weeks recording everything you eat, how much you ate, what time you ate, and any symptoms experienced. This can be documented on a plain sheet of paper, a journal, online program, computer software, or smartphone apps.

Food diary example:

Below is an example food diary template and food entry:

 
Su
M
T
W
Th
F
S
March
17
March
18
March
19
March
20
March
21
March
22
March
23
Breakfast
9am
1 blueberry muffin
8 oz apple juice
Symptoms
9:30am
nausea
Lunch
12noon
grilled cheese on
wheat with
American cheese
Symptoms
no symptoms
Dinner
6pm
salad with
ranch dressing and
grilled chicken
Symptoms
6:30pm
diarrhea
Snack
11am carrot sticks
2pm popcorn
8pm lime jello
Symptoms
11am no symptoms
2:30pm stomach cramps
8pm no symptoms

View or print a blank food diary in PDF: Printable Oral Allergy Syndrome Food Diary

 

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