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    It may take a little detective work to figure out which foods trigger your allergy symptoms. But one thing that can help is to keep a food diary. All you have to do is record what you eat and when you get allergy symptoms. Then look for patterns.

    How to Get Started

    Print this sample food diary, and use it to record what you eat each day and when you eat it. Don't forget to include snacks and drinks. Record any allergy symptoms like itching, wheezing, or tummy troubles. Note what time the symptoms begin. Share the diary with your doctor or dietitian to help figure out the cause of your problems.



    Food Diary, Week of __________________


    SUN MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT SYMPTOMS

    BREAKFAST

    Time: _____

    . . . . . . . Time: _____

    SNACK

    Time: _____

    . . . . . . . Time: _____

    LUNCH

    Time: _____

    . . . . . . . Time: _____

    SNACK

    Time: _____

    . . . . . . . Time: _____

    DINNER

    Time: _____

    . . . . . . . Time: _____

    SNACK

    Time: _____

    . . . . . . . Time: _____


    Example:


    SUN MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT SYMPTOMS

    BREAKFAST

    Time: 7 a.m.
    2 eggs, bacon, toast & butter, orange juice . . . . . . Time: _____

    SNACK

    Time: 10 a.m.

    Candy bar, water . . . . . . Time: 11 a.m.

    Stomachcramps, diarrhea


    WebMD Medical Reference

    Reviewed by Maryann Tomovich Jacobsen, MS, RD on August 17, 2015
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