If you have never tried journaling for gut healing, I want to challenge you to the idea today.

And I’m going to make it fun!

Journaling for Gut Healing – 6 Top Reasons

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Journaling my way through the gut-healing process was critical.

In fact, it was so critical that I believe it truly helped me fully heal to the point where I am no longer journaling on a daily basis.

There is no longer a desperate need for it; I now journal because I adore it (and the beautiful journals I get to brighten the experience even more).

Here are my top 6 reasons why I believe in journaling for gut healing

1. Patterns

By journaling, you will be able to better identify patterns.

If you’re doing an Elimination Diet, journaling the foods you’re eating and how you’re feeling can help you make correlations between food and mood, food and digestive symptoms, and food and other symptoms. 


I probably can’t emphasize this one enough, but if you don’t address every single last emotion, you might never fully heal.

Journaling can help us process and even release.

3. Quiets the mind

Once you’re able to transfer thoughts inside your own head somewhere else, your mind becomes quieter.

When your mind becomes quieter, you are better able to process (see #2).

4. Gratitude

Healing happens faster when we focus on the positive vs. negative.

When you think you might be headed downwards, you can always attempt to turn it around by listing out all the things you’re grateful for in your journal.

By doing this, you’ll see how much there is to be grateful for, when just minutes ago you might not have thought about them at all.

Gratitude breeds more gratitude.

5. Reflection

If you’re journaling daily and then keeping those journals year-upon-year, the journal itself acts as a life reflection.

You’ll be able to see where you were, compared to where you are now, and where you still might need to go on your healing journey.

6. Creativity

Some of you might not care about this one at all, but many will.

Finding a beautiful journal, getting some lovely pens or markers, and exploring life and healing in a creative way can be such an incredible tool for your journey.

How to Journal for Gut Healing

So you’ve been wanting to start journaling for gut healing, but the thought of it is overwhelming or you’ve used ones in the past with no success??

Let’s break that today!

How to journal for gut healing agutsygirl.com JOURNALS

7 Reasons Journaling Has Not Worked for You yet

Does any of these sound familiar?

  1. Your journal contained little boxes with breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks. BUT….without the context for helping you understand if it’s working or not.
  2. You’ve been focused on counting fat + calories. Remember: You’re NOT on a diet, you’re healing your gut. And you cannot have conflicting goals.
  3. You’ve just been given some basic prompts; spoiler alert: that’s boring.
  4. Your journal contained just one box for all medications and supplements. This is not realistic for the average person, much less the Gutsy woman.
  5. Minimalism with journaling is what you were doing, but honestly — you’re not there quite yet.
  6. You were writing down “exercise” without context about intensity and other factors.
  7. The journal was NOT specifically made for gut health and gut healing – it was simply a “wellness journal.” (btw – I love those journals, too, but they aren’t going to help you with your gut-specific goals).
7 reasons journaling has not worked for you yet agutsygirl.com

So, then, WHAT to do?

Here is EXACTLY how to journal for gut healing:

  1. Get my gut healing journaling SYSTEM that I created JUST for the gut healers!
  2. Flip to page 9 where you’ll find the full journaling key so you know exactly what to record and the symbols to help you do it with ease.
  3. Read the next several sample pages for exactly how to use the journal.
  4. And then, flip to page 30 and get started TODAY!

While the full journal is filled with so many other things (supplements + medication trackers, a year of tracking your gut health, gut healthy food list, doctor’s visit logs and notes, journaling prompts, + more) – what you NEED to start on the right track are the 4 steps from above.

It took me over a decade of approaching journaling for gut healing in all the WRONG ways to finally be able to create this for you.

If you want to see what that process was like (+ peek into HOW I was doing it wrong!), I’ve broken it down HERE.

Ready to unlock the system and finally be done with all the other journals that did not work? HERE you go!

p.s. If you JUST want something to get started today (includes my journaling key, 1 daily page, and 1 supplement tracker), then you can right HERE.

Your turn.

Do you journal for gut healing? Ever found the most beautiful journal? Where did you get it? I’d love to hear.

If you liked this post, you might also enjoy:

  1. The Elimination Diet
  2. Stop Making this One Food Journaling Mistake
  3. Gut Healing: ELEVATED


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  1. Thank you Sarah. I have been wanting a beautiful journal and just found it at Anthropology!! Great timing!!

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