The low FODMAP diet is a fairy new approach used in the treatment of IBS. FODMAP stands for ‘Fermentable Oligo-saccharides, Di-saccharides, Mono-saccharides And Polyols’. Research has shown that the low FODMAP diet can significantly reduce gut symptoms associated with IBS in over 70% of people who try it, when supported by a Dietitian experienced in this approach. It is a 6-week elimination programme, followed by a series of food challenges (reintroductions) to see which foods are causing the symptoms. Before new foods are always being tested for their FODMAP content and Dietitians will keep up to date with the changes as research develops in this area, it’s important to see a Dietitian rather than ‘go it alone’. There is also a lot of conflicting information online about this diet, and it’s easy to get confused.
Doing the diet properly will give you the best results.
Because food intolerances do not involve the immune system, you cannot test them in the same way as food allergies. Whilst many people choose to pay for expensive food intolerance tests, companies offering intolerance testing involving blood tests for IgG, DNA, hair analysis, magnetics, kinesiology, are unreliable and have no sound evidence base to back their claims. They will often give you a long list of things to avoid, and provide no information about how to consume a healthy balanced diet whilst avoiding many of your staple foods. The only reliable way to test food intolerance is to try an elimination and reintroduction programme to see if symptoms disappear then reappear when you reintroduce them. Allergy UK has some excellent information about allergy and intolerance testing.
As a Dietitian experienced in using the low FODMAP approach, Annemarie has the right skills and professional training to help you. She is also able to help you assess other non-IBS symptoms and advise on elimination and reintroduction programmes to help identify food intolerance. If you suffer with food allergy(s), Annemarie can help you to manage your allergy(s), by working around them to ensure your diet is still balanced and you’re achieving your micronutrients.
The low FODMAP programme is provided as a ‘package’ of consultations, telephone and email support. You will have an initial appointment (1 hour) to go through the diet and get you started, and then an additional two 30-minute follow ups (at the start and towards the end of the reintroduction phase), plus two 15-minute phone calls and unlimited email support between the first and last consultation. The cost of the package is £200.