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Keeping a food journal is an important tool for a variety of reasons.

Most importantly it can help you narrow down certain foods which may exacerbate your symptoms of IBS, but it can also serve as a tool to aid in weight gain or loss, and also as a resource for your dietitian or doctor to help you make dietary changes such as with the FODMAP diet and other elimination diets. At the very least, it could even improve your health. You may look at your food journal and realize you're eating way too much junk food or just imbalanced meals.

Why don't most people keep a food journal? Mostly its because it's perceived to be a hassle. Good thing there's resources now that can make this a lot easier! I've broken them down into 3 categories:

1. Photo food journals

These are the simplest to keep up with and usually have a higher rate of consistency.

  • Meal logger is a phone app (android or iphone platform) that allows you to keep a food journal and it puts it into a neat little calendar that you can look back at the dates and see what you ate.You can even link up with your doctor or dietitian in the options menu. https://www.meallogger.com/
  • Diet snaps is similar but only available on the iphone. It has a neat "export" feature that lets you email your records to your doctor or dietitian. http://www.dietsnaps.com/
  • Digital camera- for those of us that haven't made the leap to smart phones

2. Data entry food journals

These are more detailed which may be what you're looking for, especially if you have a weight loss or gain goal

  • Myfitnesspal is by far the best data entry app in my opinion. You can use it on your phone or on the website. It tracks calories, fiber, macros, and micronutrients. It even has a notes section so you can keep track of symptoms. It can also track exercise. http://www.myfitnesspal.com/

3. Old school

Nothing wrong with pen and paper food and symptom journals if you like the old school approach.

I urge you to keep a food and symptom journal if you're looking for help with IBS. You yourself may start to see patterns and make changes, but at the very least, it is something that would be very helpful if you started working with a dietitian. It helps me out immensely when my clients stay consistent with their food journals. It makes it so much easier to help people.
 

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The problem with these apps is that they take for ever to write into.

Just try< mySymptoms Food Diary>, it is a really great app in many ways. It is quite advanced and beautiful. The problem is that it takes SO LONG TIME TO WRITE A DIARY IN AN APP.

I decided to do my own analyzing program. It goes really fast to write into, and it gives you back statistics. Give it a try here:

https://foodanalyzer.herokuapp.com/

/Johan
 
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