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    Determining which foods trigger your allergy symptoms may take a little detective work, but by keeping a food diary, uncovering the offending food can be easy. All you have to do is record what you eat and when you get allergy symptoms and then look for common factors.

    Starting a Food Diary

    Print the following sample food diary and use it to record the foods you eat each day and when you eat them. (Don't forget to include snacks and beverages!) Record any allergy symptoms like itching, wheezing or gastrointestinal problems, as well as the time the symptoms begin. Share your food diary with your doctor or dietitian to help determine which foods may be triggering your symptoms.


    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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