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LIVE WELL PODCAST | EP #23 - Using symptom journaling to crack the code on your health issues with Laura Mulkerne


Laura Mulkerne, creator of The Food Diary, is here to talk to us about symptom journaling as a tool to better understand and manage chronic illness.

After being diagnosed with IBS and a tentative Celiac diagnosis, Laura used a food diary to discover her personal triggers and get well again, going from being scared to eat anything to feeling empowered and confident with her food choices.

Laura created the Food Diary to help others like herself manage their diet and health better.


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Show Notes:

  • 0:00 Intro

  • 0:41 Introducing Laura Mulkerne creator of The Food Diary

  • 1:20 Laura’s personal health journey with chronic IBS, celiac and fatigue

    • The difficulty of trying to figure it all out on her own and not having a supportive health care team

  • 5:00 The turning point: Finding a practitioner who asked the right questions

  • 6:00 The challenges of getting a diagnosis of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

    • What to do next?

  • 8:40 How symptom journaling helped Laura take control of her health once and for all

  • 17:10 How symptom journaling can give you control, insight and empowerment as you connect inward to the cues of your body

  • 19:46 Disclaimer: for some people who have had disordered eating or a strained relationship to food, keeping a journal or tracking food can be triggering. If this is the case for you, be mindful and find a way of tuning in that works for you.

  • 27:05 How Laura feels now - “Not even remotely the same person I was a few years ago” and how she uses symptom journaling from time to time to troubleshoot her health issues

  • 37:00 Outro

You can find Laura at The Food Diary and on Instagram.

Want to start right now? Instantly download your free Food & Symptom Journal to start cracking the code on your health issues today! This is a great and necessary first step into strengthening the connection between what we put into our bodies and how we feel. Our diet can affect us is so many different ways. This tool is here for you to take back your power, and find your own way to better health. So many answers are available to you if you just know where to look. I’m going to make it easy for you to use one of the top tools for helping you feel better faster!

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