Today, we welcome health coach, Catherine Bales, of Seeds of Growth to present our first guest post on the Nourish'd Journal. Catherine has presented an number of intimate and interactive workshops at the Nourish'd Kitchen over November. Catherine's next workshop will relate to the many aspects of our lives that can affect our overall wellness and wellbeing. Tickets are $10 and are available here.

Those who attend the workshop will receive a food diary - a gift from Catherine and the team at Nourish'd.

In today's post, Catherine explains how having a food diary can help bring awareness to your eating and daily lifestyle habits.

If you experience certain signs and symptoms from foods, a food diary can be a useful reference to track possible food allergens or sensitivities. In a journal or notebook, try noting how you feel both physically and emotionally before, during, and after meals and beverages. 

Keep a food diary for a minimum of one week up to three weeks. You will begin to make clear connections between physical symptoms, emotions and food, and as a result, modify and adapt your eating accordingly. 

Here are some tips to get you started:

Emotional Symptoms:

  • anxious
  • depressed
  • restless
  • irritable
  • agitated
  • energised
  • happy
  • interested
  • calm

Physical Symptoms:  

  • headache
  • nausea
  • fatigue
  • insomnia
  • shakiness
  • high energy
  • focus
  • strength
  • bright eyes
  • alertness

Have fun with the process!