So, lucky you all get two today...but sadly it is the last two of this series. It has been really quite fun for me to document this with you.
If you are thinking of starting a new diet plan for yourself or your children, or you are working through figuring out some food allergies (eczema) through journaling, may I suggest photos! Something I have personally found is that photos are easier to interpret than written food journals. Our brains process the pictures instantly, where reading entries can take time and the information may not process correctly. I find, in my practice, it is easier to look through someones photo food journal and I can quickly analyze it. I visualize it so much better than reading "salad, italian dressing, chicken soup." I don't know what you consider a portion size for those. It sounds good, but is it a kale salad, is it a creamy chicken soup, is it too much dressing, etc...? Visualizing helps us all work together efficiently to make more long lasting changes.
This same concept can be applied to our children. If you are worried they are not getting enough nutrition, or are starting down a path to change their eating habits, try photo journaling your progress. Sometimes seeing it a couple of days later or as a series is very helpful to deduct common habits, or flaws. This can help pinpoint common foods that may be the cause of inflammatory conditions in children. Anyone who has dealt with things like eczema knows that trial and error can be a long and arduous process. By taking photos, you can flip through and SEE the common thread, or at least see common foods that may be linked to outbreaks.
I am thinking of starting a Facebook page for those who are interested in chronicling their photo diet journaling, either for themselves, or their children. This would be a closed group where we can encourage each other, and give constructive criticism to help everyone develop a positive experience in changing their own and their family's eating habits. Anyone interested?