By now, we hope that you’ve read through our pretty detailed “How to use Your root Cause Tracker App” and have played around with it a bit. Customizing your Root Cause Tracker takes a little setting up in the beginning and you may have a few questions. In this post, we’ll address the most common customizing question…Category Item or Symptom?
In the Root Cause Tracker app, there are two main sections…the Category Section and the Symptom Section. These two sections are the backbone of the app and without the information you post or input every day in these two sections, the app can’t do it’s job of trying to connect the dots to find the causes of your health issues.
As you already know, the app is highly customizable. This is one of the app’s greatest features. You can literally track exactly what you want to track, how you want to track it, when you want to track it. The fact is, there is only one YOU and you do things, eat things, think things, experience things completely and uniquely, unlike anyone else on the planet.
Knowing this, Root Cause Tracker let’s you tailor the app for your life. We think that’s pretty cool!
What You Can Customize
You can customize literally ‘almost’ anything in the Category or Symptom sections. The biggest question we get, however, is what do you do when something feels like it could be both a Category Item and a Symptom?
Great question! Let’s see if we can clarify this situation so you can get more out of the app and customizing it for yourself is super simple.
In the Category section, you have the following three levels:
- Main Category (e.g., Food)
- Sub-Category (e.g., Fruit
- Item (what you actually log) (e.g., Banana)
In the Symptom section you only have two levels:
- Main Symptom category (e.g., Right Calf)
- Actual Symptom you’re experiencing (e.g., Cramps)
Because the Category Items we will log, for the most part, are pretty standardized, like bananas, sleep, cell phone use, etc., it’s much easier to create lists of Categories, Sub-categories and the Items themselves.
When it comes to Symptoms, however, this is a different story. Each of us experiences very unique physical, mental and emotional symptoms we consider ‘not normal’ when it comes to our own health.
Add to that that each of us, also, has a unique sense of well-being and definitions for what we consider healthy.
For the most part, we consider ourselves healthy when we:
• Have plenty of energy to do the things we want to do every day (without caffeine)
• Don’t experience pain in our bodies (aside from maybe working out too hard one day and feeling muscle soreness the next day)
• Have a sense of mental clarity in regard to our work and play
• Feel a sense of peace and happiness in our hearts
• Have the ability to go about our day with purpose, hope and anticipation for all the good life has to offer.
When one or more of these aspects of life is off, i.e., not at the level we expect for ourselves, we have two choices:
- Fix whatever’s off, or
- Change the expectations
Most people I know will choose #1, and since you’ve downloaded the app or are doing some research about it, you have no doubt chosen #1.
However, we all know people who just put up with their health symptoms because they don’t know what to do about them, have tried seeing one or more doctors and ended up at a dead end or end up resorting to pharmaceuticals in order to get through their days.
But choosing the second option isn’t healthy for you, your family or the planet and I don’t think people generally like feeling unhealthy.
Category Item or Symptom?
Figuring out whether something you want to track is a Category Item or a Symptom is pretty easy. Simply ask yourself this question…
“Is the thing I want to track something I choose or it is a thing that seems to be effected by or caused by something else?
If you choose it, it’s a Category Item.
If it’s something that seems to be effected by or caused by something else, it’s a Symptom.
Here’s an example: Sleep.
Some of us choose to go to bed at 11 pm and get up at 7 am in order to get eight hours of sleep. IF you’re one of the lucky people who sleep well, hurray…you are blessed. In this scenario, Sleep is a Category Item. You are choosing to sleep eight hours and taking the steps necessary to make it happen.
However, if you can’t fall asleep or wake up in the middle of the night and can’t fall back asleep, this is NOT something most of us would choose, so in this case, it’s a Symptom.
When a thing is both a Category Item and a Symptom
Let’s revisit to the example of ‘sleep’.
In the examples above, it’s easy to see that Sleep is both a Category Item AND a Symptom and you’ll find that we’ve already taken this into consideration and added some pretty common items in both sections.
Now, it’s up to you to customize your Root Cause Tracker app to fit YOUR lifestyle. We hope you now you have a better sense of how to customize the Root Cause Tracker in order to make it your own. If you have any questions at all, please reach out to us…we’re more than happy to clarify or help in any way.
In health and healing…