If you often feel unwell or ‘not quite right’ after you have eaten a meal, this could be caused by an adverse reaction to certain foods. Many people have food intolerances or allergies that they are unaware of. Possible symptoms could include anything from coughing or breathing problems, dizziness or eczema or even migraines; to stomach pain or diahorrea, bloating and vomiting. Other conditions such as irritable bowel syndrome may also be responsible for these symptoms, however, if you have been unable to identify any other cause, it is worth paying closer attention to what you are eating.
If this sounds familiar to you, keeping a food and symptom-tracking diary could be of great benefit.
Why Should You Use a Diary?
Many people have no idea of the huge impact that food has on our health and well-being overall, from energy levels and movement co-ordination, to mood. Keeping track of what you are eating, together with how you feel shortly after eating, has the capacity to reveal health effects that you were previously unaware of.
Allergy specialists agree that keeping a food and symptoms diary is the best way to identify and manage allergies.
An accurate and detailed food and symptoms diary will help your doctor or dietitian to make a more accurate diagnosis or faster referral to a specialist if necessary. Tracking can also help ensure that you receive the most appropriate treatment. You should record everything that you ingest and how you feel from day to day. Record any digestion issues you may notice, such as bloating, wind, stomach pain, diarrhoea, vomiting and so on. It is also very important to make a note of all medication and supplements you are taking, together with any mood changes or feelings of stress. Food allergies or intolerances can also manifest as low mood or lack of concentration – another reason why tracking potential food triggers could prove useful.
Tips for Keeping a Food and Symptoms Diary
- Consistency is the key. It is very important to record each meal and symptoms at the right time
- Don’t forget to record your fluids, make note of the type (tea, coffee, alcohol, juice) and any added sugar
- Be as detailed and accurate as possible. Make sure you record all the ingredients, remember about nibbles, sweets, or even licking the mixing bowl
- Be honest. Record your food even if it wasn’t the healthiest choice
- Keep your food diary with you and make a note of everything you eat throughout the day
- Keep extra notes – everything you want to tell your doctor about
AlliApp – The Best Way to Track Your Health
AlliApp was developed with leading doctors to allow users to establish a health history and to record the right information before and while a reaction occurs.
You might wonder why you should bother with a tracking app as opposed to traditional hand-written food diaries. Apart from not having to carry a notebook and pen around, which can be quite cumbersome, an allergy-tracking app is downloaded onto your phone, so is always readily available to you. As well as inputting and photographing your meals, AlliApp features an inbuilt option allowing you to record your doctors’ appointments and outcomes of any allergy testing. It also allows you to record your mood, thus providing the opportunity to notice any patterns between mood and ingestion of certain foods.
- Trusted and recommended by doctors and nurses
- Record and collect crucial information around your allergies and health with ease
- Detects what is likely to be causing allergic reactions and symptoms
- Enables your doctor to make better-informed tests and diagnosis’
- Identify allergy patterns and treat them in real-time
- Helps to reduce your allergy symptoms without compromising nutrition and quality of life
- Track symptoms, food and medications with ease
- Use the “Allergy Finder” to identify which foods are most likely to be causing your allergies
- Add photos of symptoms and rate their severity
- Input daily meals via text, photo or Tesco product barcode
- Analyse your diary with graphical charts by week or month
AlliApp is free to download and use.
For 7 days you can try AlliApp Premium for free and really put the fight against allergies back in your hands.
Benefits of AlliApp Premium include:
- See when air pollution is unsafe with local air pollution tracking
- Add mood, appointments and your notes and test results to create a personalised health diary
- Receive medication and appointment reminders
- Backdate meals, moods, symptoms and medication for better analysis
- Share Health Reports with health experts to better talk over links
- Create and manage unlimited family profiles within the same app
We offer two options for AlliApp Premium subscription:
- Pay as you go – £9.99/month
- Annual payment – £6.99/month (billed £83.99 yearly)
Limited offer: one-off annual payment has been discounted to £69.99
AlliApp Premium has successfully been involved in an NHS clinical trial and is approved by a leading NHS allergist. For more information please visit www.alliapp.com