Every so often at Healthy Bytes, we provide you with various resources that could be of use to you during your nutrition counseling sessions. To date, we’ve shared sports nutrition, food allergies and intolerances, and eating disorders and body image issues resources, to name a few. Today we’re sharing information from our RDN friends on following a low FODMAP lifestyle, which can help individuals who are sensitive to Fermentable Oligosaccharides, Disaccharides, Monosaccharides and Polyols in their diets.
Low FODMAP Websites
Dietitian Robyn Kievit recommends Kate Scarlata, RDN, as an expert in all things low FODMAP. Scarlata specializes in the low FODMAP diet and digestive health conditions including IBS, Celiac disease, inflammatory bowel disease and small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO). Her website is a wealth of resources for both RDNs and your clients alike. Take a look at her 7-day low FODMAP starter kit and low FODMAP product guide, for starters. Elizabeth Ward, MS, RD, interviewed Scarlata; read her interview to learn more about counseling your clients who present with digestive disorders in “How to Beat Digestive Problems.”
Visit RD2RD.com for various low FODMAP resources and templates, including the How to Reintroduce FODMAP Foods Worksheet and the “One Hour Low FODMAP Meal Prep” guide. These materials were created by dietitians, for dietitians.
Catherine Shamburger Brown, CDM/CFPP, recommends dietitian E.A. Stewart’s website for low FODMAP recipes. Check out E.A.’s 15 Quick and Easy Low FODMAP Dinners and Spice It Up! 70+ Ways to Maximize Flavor on a Low FODMAP Diet.
Dietitian Diana Reid, The Global Dietitian, frequently counsels clients on the low FODMAP lifestyle; she is Monash and King’s College-trained in low FODMAP. A frequent traveler, Reid recently blogged about Travel Tips for the Low FODMAP Diet, and she recommends the following low FODMAP resources in general: FODMAP everyday (Reid is a contributor), Low FODMAP Recipes and Support Facebook group, dietitian Patsy Catsos’ website, and King’s College London Low FODMAP news and resources.
Low FODMAP Phone Apps
The Monash FODMAP app comes highly recommended by many, including dietitians Robyn Kievit and Elana Natker. Created by Monash University, the FODMAP Diet app provides “…easy access to recommendations about the foods you should eat – and those you should avoid – at every meal.” Elana points out that Monash researchers developed and coined the low FODMAP approach and they continue to invest in and conduct research on the subject. She says that when she discusses the app with RDNs familiar with low FODMAP, RDNs refer to the app as “…indispensable!” Monash University also offers an RDN training program on the topic of low FODMAPs for 25 CEUs.
Dietitian Leah Swanson suggests the free Cara app, a tool for tracking both food and symptoms, as an easy way to find out “what’s good for your tummy,” according to the app’s website. Users can also use the app to track digestion, mood, mediations, supplements, sleep and more.
Low FODMAP Handouts and Meal Plans
Dietitian Ashley Koff created her “A Better Menu: Low FODMAP” meal plan for your clients who request nutritious suggestions for low FODMAP breakfasts, lunches, dinners and snacks throughout the week. Ashley’s menu is for individuals who have been told to try a low FODMAP diet or are curious as to whether it will help improve digestive symptoms and issues.
What low FODMAP resources would you add to this list? Please comment below!
Disclosure: Elana Natker wishes to disclose that Monash University is one of her clients.
Note: The resources mentioned above serve only to give you general information and a general sense of understanding. Links from Healthy Bytes to third-party sites do not constitute an endorsement by Healthy Bytes of the parties or their products and services.