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Food diary to manage symptoms

It's often recommended that Crohn's or UC suffers keep a food diary to see how they feel when they've eaten certain foods. It is thought that this can help to identify triggering foods. Have you kept a food diary to help manage your symptoms? If so, have you found it to be helpful? Are there drawbacks? I would love to hear your experiences!

  1. Hi ! Thanks for asking this question. I think food diaries can be very important to figuring out flares, but I don't tend to use them because I find myself getting a little obsessive about them. It falls under the same calorie counting issues I have had in the past for me, so I keep away from that and instead try to keep my diet quite similar and then add in a change every so often. If the change works well, then I keep it as part of my diet and then try out a new change later. This way I'm still being careful about how I alter my diet, but I'm not writing everything down to the point of feeling overly obsessed with that I eat. -Eshani (IBD Team Member)

    1. I've been keeping a food diary.. but I admit it's hard for me to interpret. I'll be feeling fine, I'm doing gluten free & dairy free for now.. and I'm reintroducing minor additions here & there. But I'm getting sick again, and can't tell if it was something I ate 12 hours earlier, or 6 hours earlier, etc. I don't understand how to discern the offending foods? Or should I be waiting several days between food reintroductions??
      It's really minor reintroductions, like a few apple slices, half a scrambled egg.. please advise.

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