In our December 2016/January 2017 issue, writer David Spero, RN, describes the connection between pain and food. “Science has proven that food can cause pain and diet change can heal it,” he reports.
How do you decide which foods are hurting you? There are several ways. Most of them involve paying more attention to your body and to what you eat.
Keeping a log of your food and your pain gives you crucial information. Without a written or electronic log, it’s hard to notice and remember the food eaten and the pain experienced later. To explore pain/food connections, you should record two things: your pain level at various times and what you eat. Write down everything you eat and the time and date you ate it. Record your pain levels several times a day.
Look for connections. With or without a log, you might notice that certain foods tend to make your pain worse. For example, you might decide to try stopping grains, nightshades, or dairy. Or you might suspect a particular food and stop eating it for a few weeks. Note the results so you don’t forget.
Here’s a printable food log you can download to help you keep track of foods and how they affect your pain.