With a wealth of information on the internet, if you have the time and dedication, it is possible to follow the Low FODMAP Diet successfully by yourself. However, it involves more than just following a food chart or instruction sheet, and most people find it complex and confusing. Here are 10 good reasons why it is recommended that you seek the advice of a dieititan experienced in the Low FODMAP Diet:
- The Low FODMAP Diet can be confusing and stressful to do on your own with seemingly random lists of banned foods. A dietitian will guide you along with the Low FODMAP Diet journey as smoothly and easily as possible. Rather than starting a completely new way of eating, a dietitian can show you how to adapt your current diet with as little disruption as possible.
- Many people don’t realise that it is not a diet for life, but should only be followed strictly for a period of a few weeks, followed by reintroduction of FODMAP foods to identify the foods causing your problems. A dietitian will ensure than you have an understanding of the basic principles of the low FODMAP Diet, and can answer all of your questions to help you to understand what is going on in your body and how FODMAPs are affecting it.
- A dietitian will ensure variety and that you are getting enough nutrients
- There are thousands of possible resources to use:websites, blogs, apps, books,
Facebook support groups…..some are more reliable with FODMAP information than others. A dietitian can ensure that you have the best quality and up to date information.
- A dietitian is experienced at adapting the Low FODMAP Diet to specific dietary needs e.g. vegan, vegetarian, children, elderly, PCOS, diabetes, athletes etc.
- An experienced FODMAP dietitian will have lots of tips and tricks to help you
follow the diet in real life. e.g suitable things to buy in Starbucks, Pret a Manger, Sainsbury’s etc.
- The information we have on FODMAPs is constantly evolving as research is still being carried out and published. Dietitians can interpret all of the new information and let you know how you can apply it to your diet.
- A dietitian can identify tweaks that may need to be made to the Low FODMAP Diet as there may be other dietary triggers to your symptoms.
- If problems arise during the Low FODMAP Diet e.g. going from diarrhoea to a bit constipated, a dietitian can help you deal with these issues quickly and effectively.
- A dietitian will ensure that for the long term, you have the knowledge of your
specific problem foods so that you can have as wide and as varied a diet as possible, so that you have more control of your IBS and your life, rather than IBS controlling you.
You GP can refer you to a dietitian on the NHS. Alternatively you can find private practice dieticians on the via the British Dietetics Association’s Freelance Dietitians