Today I want to teach you how to start a Gut Healing Bullet Journal.
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What is a Bullet Journal?
The traditional Bullet Journal is a rapid way for logging information. According to them,
Note-taking and traditional journaling take time; the more complex the entry, the more effort is expended. The more effort expended, the more of a chore it becomes, the more likely you’ll underutilize or abandon your journal. Rapid Logging is the solution. Rapid Logging is the language in which the Bullet Journal is written. It consists of four components: topics, page numbers, short sentences, and bullets.
Why Start a Gut Healing Bullet Journal?
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- Help track your Elimination Diet
- Make correlations between food and mood
- Have a way to simply record your day-to-day without feeling overwhelmed by sitting down for 10+ minutes to journal
- Learn new things about yourself
- Learn new things (in general)
- Have easy-to-find information for doctor’s appointments
- Realize quickly what does/does not work
How to Start a Gut Healing Bullet Journal
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- Get a journal with as many or little pages as you’d like. The first one I had was 158 pages (which lasted about 3 months). My new one is 240 pages. Your journal doesn’t need to be anything fancy. In fact, I’m liking my second one more than the first. You can buy a journal bound however you’d like, but I like mine spiral bound, so I can easily keep the journal open all day long without having to use a bookmark.
- The very first thing you should do when you get your journal is number all pages. Place the numbers on the lower right or left-hand corner of each page.
- Page 1 will be your Index, so write “Index” at the top of the page.
- Decide all the various pieces you want to make up your Gut Healing Bullet Journal. Between my old one and new one, some of my pieces include: Key (non-negotiable), Bristol Stool Chart, supplements, reintroduction + questionable, journaling pages, variations of my AIP Bread recipe, Low-FODMAP + SCD master food lists and monthly calendar overviews. (Note: I don’t have a page just for medications because I only take one medication, and so I simply denote that via the Key.)
- The next page (or in my case 3rd page) should be your Key. My Key is fairly extensive because I like to be detailed in my notes and entry points (so I can easily find things). This is my current Key. You’ll notice that some of them are from the standard Bullet Journal, but many are unique for a Gut Healing Bullet Journal:
- – statement
- . task to complete
- x task completed
- ! inspiration signifier
- M medicine
- S supplement
- w workout + steps
- H HCL and/or ACV
- * important, find quickly
- B beverage
- F food
- G symptoms
- BM bowl movement
- (arrow) explore – needs further research
- R reintroduction
- D diary entry
- SL sleep
- N new thing added
- CD cycle days
- P play, no stress, all joy
- The next several pages should be dedicated to the various pieces you wrote down in step #4. So for me, page 4 is the ‘Bristol Stool Chart.’ Page 5 are ‘Supplements.’ Page 6 is ‘Reintroduction + Questionable.’
- Continue on until your standard/static pages are complete.
- Begin your official journaling pages. Mine start on page 11. At the top of the page, it says, “SCD + FODMAP + NO ANTIBIOTIC” then Monday, May 23, 2016, followed by my day of Gut Healing Bullet Journaling.
- Make note that not all of the standard/static pages need to be placed before your journal. If it makes sense, place some of them at the end of the journal. For example, my Low-FODMAP + SCD master food lists and monthly calendar overviews don’t begin until page 227 of this current journal.
Some Bonus Things for Your Gut Healing Bullet Journal
You will likely not have the time to watch this whole video, but check out all the creativity that Boho Berry has in her Bullet Journal.
No, this is not a Gut Healing Bullet Journal and our journal content would and will look very different, but the points are these:
- Creativity rocks. After watching the video, I got out my colored pencils and started coloring on the cover of my journal. In fact, coloring is #14 on this list, and adhering to stressing less ultimately affects gut healing (in a huge way).
- Evolve. I have only been doing this since February, and already my journals have evolved. As you heal (or have a setback), the way you go about this might change. That’s okay. In fact, that’s encouraged.
- New ideas, tailored for you. Boho Berry has some cool ideas (i.e. her ‘Habit Tracker,’ which is something I was trying to figure out a way for doing). Is there anything you can take and tailor to gut healing?
If I’ve said it once, I need to say it again. Gut healing is about more than food. In fact, I have learned that it might be 80% “other” + 20% food when it comes to real, long-lasting and true healing.
Dig deeper on your own gut healing journey to learn more, explore and get the most out of your own gut healing.
You will heal. I will help.