The Food Diary in the Wild: helping Eleanor's early on-set Crohn's Disease

When her doctors believed Eleanor had early onset Crohn’s Disease, she turned to the brilliant Insta community for support and advice. And there, she found our food diary…

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“I first came across the Food Diary Company whilst clicking through a myriad of Instagram pages and began reading about those who suffer from tummy problems like IBS, Crohn’s and Colitis, etc on @thefooddiaryco and how they were tracking their symptoms. I was reading all this, from my bed, a place I’d spent several long months suffering with what the doctors believed was early onset Crohn’s Disease.

What I found particularly useful was the monthly round-up where you could log your good or bad days and for me this helped me see a pattern in my moods and stress levels.

So, there I was reading all about the Food Diary Company and for someone who loves keeping diaries, I thought I’d give it a go! The great thing about the diary is the added extras for monitoring symptoms, stress and exercise. What I found particularly useful was the monthly round-up where you could log your good or bad days and for me this helped me see a pattern in my moods and stress levels. Recording what I ate confirmed my thoughts on what was making my tummy feel at ease and what was aggravating it.

In summary the diary gives a really good overall view of my lifestyle and how every aspect of my lifestyle was interlinked (food, sleep, exercise, stress, mood). I now understand thanks to the diary helping me monitor my habits what I need to be doing.

I would recommend this diary to anyone wanting a clearer picture of their eating and living habits, especially those dealing with issues like Crohn’s, Colitis, IBS, Diabetes etc, where diet control is so important. We all live such busy lives these days and can easily forget what we did when, so keeping a diary like this is a great recording tool and makes you sit still and reflect each day, which is definitely a good thing.”

-Eleanor, Scotland (@Perthshire_living)


As always, a HUGE thanks to Eleanor for sharing her story with us on the blog.

We love, love, love the Instagram community who speak openly about their experiences with IBS, IBD, Crohn’s Disease, Coeliac, chronic illnesses and more - so if you’re feeling like you’re the only one in the world struggling with these issues, we promise you you’re not! Come join us on the ‘gram and meet all these excellent folks!