UPDATE: I originally posted this in Feb 2014 and since then I left King’s one and a half years later to travel the world for a year. You can read all about our journey of ‘Around the world in 80 low FODMAP dishes‘ in our dedicated section: ‘Travelling on a low FODMAP diet‘
While I worked at King’s I was fortunate enough to lead on the only research study completed in the UK looking at the long term effects of a low FODMAP diet and the reintroduction phase on symptoms of IBS an nutritional adequacy. I recently wrote an article linked here about this important research project which discusses how to follow a modified low FODMAP diet for long term symptom relief.
It’s been a few months since my last blog post and I have been very busy with my food poverty and dementia work. Firstly, as my alter ego; the Chairman of East London Food Access @ELFA_Ltd , a social enterprise based in Hackney East London who provide affordable access to fruit and vegetables to those on low incomes. Food poverty is gradually pushing its way up the political agenda and our tiny organisation is right in the thick of providing one solution to chronic food poverty and is researching our effectiveness with University College London!
I have also been busy putting finishing touches to an innovative piece of software I have designed to help carers identify, find solutions and create a care plan to overcome mealtime eating problems in people living with dementia. The resource is called The Dementia Mealtime Assessment Tool (The DMAT) and more information can be found on The DMAT website.
More on this another time this blog is not the appropriate place, however…..
I also have a fantastic announcement I would like to share which will bring a whole new element to the blog. I have been offered a research position at Kings College London (KCL) working in the Diet & Gastrointestinal Health research group. This is a very exciting opportunity and King’s is somewhere I have always wanted to work.
The team at KCL have already published some fantastic research on the FODMAP diet. They are at the forefront of research looking into its long term safety and the interactions of the diet with your gut bacteria. KCL are a centre of excellence for research and also work with the Monash University in Australia researching FODMAP restriction.
I am going to continue the blog while working at King’s so it will come as no surprise that it might take on a slightly more research focused theme. Hopefully I can help provide some useful insight into the growing evidence around this remarkable nutritional intervention for Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS).
Personally I cannot wait to start; it’s a new career for me in the academic world of research after 5 years working in the NHS as a dietitian. I finished my masters in clinical research in October 2013 so to get my first research role on a topic I am really interested in amazing. I am going to miss some things about my old job role, especially the learning disability team in Hackney whom I work closely with and the patients I see in that role.
It’s great to get the interaction with people from the blog and on twitter along with the interaction I will get with all dietitians being trained in the FODMAP approach in my new role. Look out for some new developments with the King’s FODMAP team soon!
Anyway wish me luck, I have just started this week! See you back online soon.
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We are currently travelling around the world and plan to bring you‘Around The World In 80 Low FODMAP Dishes’ – a collection of the best low FODMAP foods and recipes as we travel the globe. See more on our low FODMAP diet travel section.
Good news! The first ever book dedicated to reintroducing FODMAPs is now available to purchase on Amazon Kindle. The book is titled ‘Re-challenging and Reintroducing FODMAPs – A self-help guide to the entire reintroduction phase of the low FODMAP diet’. Click on the logo for more details.
More information on Reintroducing FODMAPs here.
Low FODMAP recipes here.