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Group education on the low-FODMAP diet

Hui tōpū o te whiringa kai FODMAP ā raro

The low-FODMAP diet is a short-term eating plan where you avoid foods that are high in FODMAPs. This is to see if your irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) symptoms improve. Following a low-FODMAP diet improves symptoms for three out of four people with IBS.

Following a low-FODMAP diet can be tricky, especially if you don't have the right information and support. Group education on the low-FODMAP diet aims to help you to follow the diet. The sessions also aim to help you find out which foods are triggering your IBS symptoms.

Ask your GP or practice nurse if you're eligible for group education on the low-FODMAP diet. If you are eligible, your GP, practice nurse or specialist will refer you.

Village Health (who is running the education sessions) will contact you and enrol you in the next available education session.

Session details

The educations sessions are held in the afternoon or evening at Village Health, 30 Lincoln Road, Spreydon. There are usually eight to 12 people in a session. A dietitian who is an expert on the low-FODMAP diet facilitates the sessions.

At the initial 90‑minute session you will learn how to follow the low-FODMAP diet. You will get written information about low- and high-FODMAP foods, a shopping guide, meal plan and recipes.

If your IBS symptoms go away or improve after six weeks on a low-FODMAP diet, you will be invited to attend a 60‑minute follow-up session. In this session you will learn how to reintroduce FODMAP foods. This will help to work out which FODMAPs you tolerate, and which trigger your symptoms.

The Canterbury DHB subsidises the education sessions, but there is a cost to attend. The initial session is $30, and the follow-up session is $20.

Written by HealthInfo clinical advisers. Page created May 2019. Last updated September 2019.

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