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Functional medicine is a patient-centered healthcare model that addresses the unique interactions among genetic, environmental, and lifestyle factors influencing both health and disease. To this end, IFM practitioners utilize a Diet, Nutrition, and Lifestyle Journal found in the IFM Toolkit to identify areas where patients might modify their behavior to achieve positive outcomes. By examining lifestyle choices related to diet and exercise, functional medicine practitioners are able to assess the body’s complex physiological processes and suggest ways to decrease chronic disease risk.
Each day, the patient is asked to track their food and drink intake, as well as their quantity and quality of sleep and relaxation, exercise and movement, stress, and relationships. The bottom section of the journal asks patients to assess their mental, emotional, and spiritual states for each day. In order to track these factors over different periods of time, the Diet, Nutrition, & Lifestyle Journal is available in three versions: one-day, three-day, and seven-day. Practitioners can use the information provided in the journal to create personalized recommendations specific to diet and lifestyle to help the patient change their habits for better health.
IFM members gain access to the Diet, Nutrition, & Lifestyle Journal in the IFM Toolkit, which is an exclusive benefit of IFM membership and contains over 450 valuable clinical resources, including patient handouts, treatment plans, assessment forms, and more. Non-IFM members may receive temporary toolkit access for the duration of selected courses, including Applying Functional Medicine in Clinical Practice (AFMCP) and Advanced Practice Modules (APMs). Access can be found inside the course.
As a member, how do I access the IFM Toolkit?
- Log in to the IFM Website and select “My Toolkit.”
- Note: If you do not see the mentioned links, check your membership status from the “My Certification & Membership” tab.