First of all, what is a lifestyle diary and who might use one?

A lifestyle diary is a way for you to keep track of your body, diet and general health. It’s a handy way of recording and monitoring patterns and behaviours to get an overall picture of your health and wellbeing. Your diary can help you take control of your life and make positive changes. How you use it will depend on your specific needs. You may use your diary to help you meet certain health goals or someone with an illness or injury, may use a diary to record symptoms and changes. Monitoring your health is a simple but important habit that helps you manage any medical issues which may arise and avoid any future problems. A diary is a fantastic way to do so. 

Keeping a diary can help you track how medication, quality of sleep and your lifestyle can be affecting your wellbeing day to day, making it easier for you to discover triggers that may be leading to your symptoms. You can discover the root cause of certain problems; lets use weight loss as an example. Record what you eat every day, then after some time review your diary. Writing down what you eat increases your awareness of how much/what you actually consume. Your next step will be to plan; You will have noticed patterns and habits you wish to change. Maintaining your diary on a daily basis will help you stay in control and reach your goals.

Many people make use of a diary for a variety of health and lifestyle reasons. It can be as detailed or as simple as you like depending on why you’re using it. If you have a certain goal in mind, for example to increase your fitness level, you can use your diary to record what activity you do and record details of your diet. You can jot down certain foods and vitamins that will benefit your fitness journey and exercise routines you’ve found and enjoy. Someone who has an illness may use theirs to record any symptoms or changes they experience, their appointment times and results of tests. This is a handy tool for your doctor too. If you are experiencing changes, it gives them a clear and detailed record of your health and will make it easier to pinpoint certain issues.

So, a diary is important because you can’t change or improve things if you’re not keeping track of them. Keeping a record of your food intake and health changes will help you understand the reason behind many factors, allowing you to make changes and stick to them. A diary used to track an illness or injury can be a great way to see improvements and recovery.