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Food Allergy Management: Why Food Journals Work

Tracking your diet can be a useful tool for food allergy management.

More Than Just a Weight-Management Tool

Traditionally, many have often used food diaries to track food intake to achieve weight loss or health goals. Although, let's face it, the shame and potential browbeating because you did indeed have a slice of cake could be too much to bear. However, by writing down what you eat, you can notice patterns in your diet and determine which foods to avoid as well as when and why you often eat them. Similarly, food diaries or journals can be useful for folks managing food allergies. Instead of the journal being a tool to help you avoid calorie-laden foods, it becomes a tool for getting answers.

Your Food Allergies, Food Journal, and You

In your food journal, you typically want to include information about what you ate, the time you ate it, and symptoms you experience afterwards. This information can help you and your allergist recognize patterns in your diet. Together you can determine if there is a relationship between your symptoms and the triggering food by being keeping track of your diet and symptoms, as well as if there needs to be an adjustment in your current treatment plan. Furthermore, food journals are used to determine whether food is the culprit for your symptoms or if it could be a food intolerance or sensitivity instead of a food allergy. Read more about the difference between food allergies, sensitivities, and intolerances from Harvard Medical School.

Managing Reactions

It is important to note that you should always administer epinephrine for anaphylaxis or severe reactions, which is the first-line treatment for anaphylaxis according to ACAAI and seek medical care. For symptoms that are not severe, if your allergist determines that your symptoms are indeed related to a food allergy, the prevention of a future reaction is your motivation to carefully track not just the food but the symptoms and circumstances of when the food was consumed through your food journal. With the Alerje Lifestyle Mobile App, you can keep track of your meals daily and avoid future reactions with the daily food diary, available for iPhone and Android.

Your Food Allergy Management Tool

Writing down everything you eat can be a difficult task to commit to daily, but being consistent helps you and your allergist team see patterns so that you can build a strategy to avoid these allergens in the future. Make Every Moment Count with the daily food diary in the Alerje Lifestyle app, as well as Alerje’s upcoming solutions to manage food allergies. Food diaries and journals are more than just a weight-management tool, they can be your ever-present partner on your food allergy management team.

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