Tracking food to find triggers

Part of controlling gastritis is tracking symptoms and figuring out what triggers them. This can help you find out what you want to avoid.

There are times when I feel as though symptoms just randomly appear. This can be frustrating, so I began tracking the food and symptoms.

This process is going to take a while. It would be best if you tracked long enough to be able to find patterns. Sticking with it requires discipline.

How to Track Triggers

There are multiple ways to do this. You can do it manually or with one of the many available apps. Manually tracking will require more effort, but it would allow you to feel more control while figuring this out.

I have never manually tracked my symptoms, but I envision it would be done in a spreadsheet. You can list the foods you eat in the first column and the symptoms in the top row.

Every time you eat something put it on the spreadsheet. When you feel a symptom, put an one in the cell of the symptom and what you ate that day. Keep raising the number every time you experience the symptom.

You can see which foods caused the most symptoms at the end of each week. After doing this for many weeks, you can see if a pattern starts to show.

An app analyzes your food triggers. All you need to do is track what food you eat and what symptoms you have done the day.

With my schedule, I find apps more manageable, and after a few days, it will just tell me what has triggered the symptoms I have experienced.

The longer you track, the more accurate the triggers get. It is important to remember that this is a process. It is not an easy answer to eliminate this one food, and you will feel better.

Remember, I am writing about my own experience. These foods work for me. Please consult your doctor about what food you can and can’t eat. Here is my list of good and bad foods that my doctor gave me. Consult your doctor about your needs.

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