Having a food/mood journal can help bring awareness to your eating and daily lifestyle habits. If you experience certain signs and symptoms from foods, a food diary can be a useful reference to track possible food allergens or sensitivities. Keeping a food/mood journal can also bring into perspective unhealthy eating habits or schedules. For example, did you skip breakfast and then crave sweets later in the day?
Try noting how you feel both physically and emotionally before, during and after meals and beverages.
Here are tips to get you started:
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If you happen to miss recording certain meals or foods – don’t stress. You can always pick up from where you left off. Once you begin to make clear connections between physical symptoms, emotions and food – you may find that you no longer need to record everything you eat. Use this helpful tool at your convenience.
Keep a food / mood journal for one week. Then, review your notes. What patterns did you find? How could you make positive changes?