Use a Food Diary to Track Allergy Triggers

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.

Stomach cramps, diarrhea