Here we go, we are now at letter D! I’m getting through at a decent pace but I still see a lot of blank letters when I get further down my list. So any suggestions more than welcome.
D for Diary
I think the only time I have ever used a diary was at school, maybe used is a strong word I never saw much benefit from it at the time. Now at the age of 31 I find myself owning my own diary, paid for by myself it wasn’t even a gift.
The intention is to record my daily activities and what I eat and drink inside it. This is in the hope that when I experience bad painful days I can look back and find a pattern and therefore a trigger.
What would be the benefits?
In regard to keeping track of what I eat, the benefits could be:
- Finding trigger foods – Some foods can trigger certain conditions in people, I have recently worked with a guy who had to stop eating strawberries because it triggered his gout. I may find a pattern between foods I have eaten and days when the pain has been more intense.
- Variety of food – It is always said a good diet includes a wide variety of different foods so we are getting the range of vitamins and minerals we need.
- Weight control – Of course weight control is important when joints are suffering. By keeping track of what food I have eaten and actually being able to see it in black and white, it may make it easier to maintain a healthy weight.
Benefits of recording drinks:
- Hydration – Staying hydrated is vitally important, it helps the blood flow round the body to our joints and organs. As we know plenty of water is key, I may even find on some nights when my ankle is sore that I haven’t consumed enough water.
- Caffeine – It may be worth keeping track of caffeinated drinks such as coffee, tea and fizzy drinks. These could also increase acid levels in the body leading to inflammation.
Benefits of recording exercise:
- Overdoing it / not doing enough – Sometimes when I am having a good day, pretty much pain free I can be guilty of overdoing it. Recording my activities could be a way of seeing when I have pushed too hard, it could also show when I haven’t done enough, which may cause a lot of stiffness during the day.
- Trigger activities – There may be a certain activity that shows a pattern of causing a negative effect, the other hand it could show a positive effect.
I do feel as though recording this information in a diary on a daily basis could show up some interesting trends and correlations.
There is also the benefit of finding trigger foods, drinks or activities. As well as helping weight control and ensuring we get a variety of different foods.
What do you think about keeping a record? Any thoughts more than welcome, just comment below!