How To (Correctly) Keep A Food Journal

Updated: Jan 17, 2020

There is an increasing awareness of food sensitivities and the range of symptoms they can cause.

Despite this knowledge, the path from suspecting a food sensitivity to identifying the food that is causing symptoms is not a straightforward one.

People have been debilitated for years with severe migraines, neuropathy, pain, panic attacks, joint pain, back problems and more - primarily due to what they were eating.

If you have symptoms, even those that are associated with a known condition - it is worth exploring the idea that some foods may make your symptoms worse.

Keep in mind that worsening symptoms can also be due to inflammation, toxin exposure, additional conditions, a hidden virus, a bacterial infection or a wide range of other factors.

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Food Sensitivities Can Be Serious

There will be many people telling you that if you don’t have a food allergy, you don’t have a problem. The absence of an antibody prevents the classification of an allergy - but without that classification, food sensitivities are still a cause for concern.

Food sensitivities can cause severe symptoms that can be life-altering. Much like a bacterial infection or an environmental toxin, if something is causing you significant symptoms, it is worth finding and eliminating.

Conventional Testing

The food allergy test most often employed by allergists is the skin prick test in order to evaluate a histamine response (a positive test would manifest in raised skin after the allergen is applied). This skin reaction is one type of allergy response, but it does not rule out severe sensitivities and some types of allergies.

The goal is to get you healthy, symptom-free, and to be able to use your food as efficient fuel for your body. Your best tool to identify a food sensitivity will be a specific kind of food journal.

Remember that a food journal should only be used if your symptoms have been checked out by a doctor to rule out any serious conditions.