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Food diary help

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Moanyoldboot Tue 19-Nov-13 10:20:56

Just gt back from gp's who says we need to keep a food diary for ds showing what he eats, when he has a poo and when he complains of tummy ache. Have had a quick google to see if I could find any templates but they all seem to be for dieters, does anyone have any links?

Also I forgot to ask how detailed it was supposed to be, do you think I need to list ingredients in say spag Bol, or just write spag Bol?

Thanks for any help

Jiltedjohnsjulie Tue 19-Nov-13 11:12:38

I'd just write it in a notepad, one that's easy to carry around with you. So something like this.

7am ready brek with banana

10am a pear and a cup of milk

12pm tuna mayo & cucumber sandwich, cherry toms, carrot sticks & yoghurt.

3pm water and oatcakes with nut butter

5pm fish pie, broccolli and jelly with custard.

If you put in too much detail it will be hard for the other person to read. Try to keep to a page a day and write any notes for that day at the bottom.

Moanyoldboot Tue 19-Nov-13 11:44:00

Thank you, he's at school (5) so I just want to make it easy for them.

He can only have school dinners (no packed lunches allowed),and obv can't write it in himself and he never remembers what he ate by the end of the day.

melonribena Tue 19-Nov-13 12:43:32

Speak to the school. I am sure his teacher, a TA, the cook or a midday supervisor could write it down for you!

MaisyMoo123 Tue 19-Nov-13 22:39:14

Hi Moany. We are having to keep a food diary for ds due to severe eczema and suspected food allergy. We're just using a notebook and writing in each meal - minimum detail but am recording ingredients for some home cooked meals when it might not be obvious. I've also added a column to record what's happening with his skin each day so we can monitor any changes alongside what he's eating - that might be an idea for you too but with tummy issues? My ds is 4 and has hot school meals too which does make it a bit trickier but the meal provider puts menus online so as long as he can vaguely tell me what he's eaten I can go on website and check what he's actually been eating!

Good luck. It feels like a mission to start with but soon becomes part of your routine.

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