Food Diary In the Wild: easing Rachel's discomfort and bloating
Rachel was born with a twisted bowel that wasn’t diagnosed until she was 12. Despite being corrected with surgery, her troubles with discomfort and bloating after eating have never really gone away - so, with a food diary in tow, she took it on herself to try and find out the root cause of her digestive issues.
“My decision to buy the Food Diary Co diary was due to ongoing digestive problems and not feeling as though I could get to the root of what was causing it.
At the age of 11, I began to have issues with my stomach and my general ability to eat without discomfort or pain. After 18 months of investigations and procedures, I was found to have a twisted bowel (from birth) which was unfortunately never picked up in my younger years. This was then corrected with surgery, but my discomfort and bloating has never resolved.
In my later teenage years, I continued to go back-and-to to the GP requesting further testing for coeliac disease and intolerances. The tests were negative, so I took it upon myself to try and find out the cause of my digestive problems. I am still under a gastric consultant due to my past surgery which has been helpful; I have found that I have a “lazy bowel” so I do not tend to have symptoms until 2 – 3 days after I have eaten something that doesn’t agree with me.
The diary has allowed me to track my meals and snacks and given me a good insight into what does and doesn’t cause discomfort. It’s also been a great way of reminding myself what I have eaten, so I can put a note next to it with my symptoms. What I like about the diary is that it has sections which also allow you to comment on your mood and stress levels, which have also affected my bowel. My gastro consultant has also been helpful in teaching me about how hormones and anxiety will play a big role with digestive issues, so it is helpful to note these down.
Having the diary has given me a good insight and understanding of the food I eat and how it affects me. It is clear and easy to complete each day within a matter of minutes. I would advise anyone with ongoing digestive issues to give this diary a go, as I have found having evidence to show a health professional will help them to diagnose and treat your symptoms, whilst also helping yourself to manage your own health and wellbeing.”
We’re so grateful to Rachel for sharing her experience with us! Her story really does show how these diaries can be helpful not just for yourself, but for the medical practitioner you’re working with too. If you want to grab yours, you can click this link here and get started on your tracking journey!