by Jordan Maerin
Why Keep a Journal?
Naturopaths, homeopaths and health practitioners often rely on self-reporting to determine the progress a client is making under their care, though they may also use laboratory testing intermittently or for certain conditions. Self-reporting is an inexact method for determining subtle changes in health, so keeping a health journal is vital for charting which of your efforts are helping you achieve your goals.
Imagine that you're a health practitioner interviewing a new client. You ask them how they feel in general and what their specific health concerns are. If you are not thorough with your questions and do not write down every answer meticulously, then the next visit by the same client will give you little information regarding how their health may have changed. It is common for clients to report feeling "okay" and reporting no general change in their health, while at the same time reporting positive progress when asked the same specific, meticulous questions they were asked during the last visit.
How To Keep a Journal
Begin your journal as if you are a health practitioner giving yourself an intake questionnaire. Use the questions below as a starting point, and then remove those that don't apply and add your own as they pertain to your specific health concerns and goals. Ask yourself the same specific questions every time you check in, every two to three weeks or so. Once you determine what is working for you and what isn't, you can continue to develop more positive habits and more confidently experiment with new practices and strategies.
First, record the date and time, and what kinds of changes you've made to your routine or health regimen since the last check in. Then answer some or all of these questions as thoroughly as you can:
By following any dietary or health program,
you are prescribing for yourself, which is your right.