Tips and Tricks
The more diary entries you provide, the better the chance the analysis tool has of revealing suspect foods. Therefore you should aim to record what you eat and drink as often as possible.
Additionally, recording the ingredients is key – as it’s typically individual ingredients that cause symptoms. Therefore you should aim to record as many ingredients of a meal as possible.
For best results, don’t record the same symptom too often – try to record it only once per day. Record only the first onset of a symptom rather than repeatedly doing so throughout day as its intensity changes.
This may at first sound strange, but you can also record when you feel good using a reaction event. For example, create a symptom called ‘feel good’ and then record a value from 0-10 as usual. This means that you can analyse your food diary for positive reactions too!
When you create a new event and tap on the search bar, a list of favourites is displayed for that particular event type (i.e. breakfast, lunch, …). This list shows the items/meals most often recorded in your food diary for the specific event type, giving you a shortcut to entering common items/meals simply by looking through the list and selected the required item/meal, without entering anything in the search bar.
Ingredients, Meals & Drinks
Ingredients are recorded as items in mySymptoms. If an ingredient you require doesn’t already exist in the app, then simply add it (please see the user manual).
mySymptoms lets you create a meal (that can be used repeatedly) simply by adding items (ingredients) to that meal.
mySymptoms now provides a category for drinks – so simply create drinks using the Organizer.
Search Filters (iOS only)
When searching for a specific item or meal using the search bar, the results shown below can be filtered using the filter bar shown at the top of the table. Select ‘All’ / ‘Meals’ / ‘Items’ as required.
Different food types (iOS only)
To store different types of the same food simply create variants by editing the item in the Organizer and then ‘Create Variant’– e.g. Bread (white), Bread (wholegrain), etc.