What is The FODMAP Challenge?
The FODMAP Challenge is an online course to help you take control of your gut health, improve your symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome, and improve your quality of life.
The FODMAP Challenge was founded by Chloe McLeod, Accredited Practicing Dietitian.
We believe that everyone with IBS deserves to be able to determine their triggers. We believe no one should have to miss out on social events, feel uncomfortable in meetings or have to make urgent bathroom breaks (or any of the other frustrating occurrences that go along with many cases of IBS) because they don’t know what or how to avoid their triggers. And we believe everyone should have access to health professionals who specialise in the area. Being a 100% online program, geography, work hours, family or anything else that may stop you getting the help you need is avoided.
The FODMAP Challenge will help you control your IBS symptoms by:
- How to manage the elimination phase
- Education, knowledge and development of skills to determine which FODMAPs are your individual triggers
- Structured program designed by experienced Dietitians to make the process as easy as possible
- Learn about non-FODMAP triggers of IBS
- Resources to help you on your way, including:
- Meal plans
- Written and video instructions
- Label reading education
- Guidance with dining out
- Private Facebook support group
PLUS, you will receive ongoing support throughout the program from experienced Accredited Practicing Dietitian’s, along with the option to add on 1:1 sessions if you require extra support.
How The FODMAP Challenge works
Week 1-4 are the elimination stage, where trigger foods will be eliminated. As part of the program, we will help you with meals, recipes and snack ideas, so you don’t feel worried there is nothing left to eat! Most people find symptoms have reduced in 2-4 weeks.
Following this, triggers are determined by moving through food challenges with the following groups:
Because we know the reintroductory phase can be difficult, we offer an additional week to ensure this process starts as smoothly as possible, and so any questions you may have about reintroducing get answered. If you want further assistance with personalising this for you, please get in touch.
‘I had cut out gluten 7 years ago, and experienced a dramatic improvement in symptoms. However, not a compete improvement. I still experienced painful bloating and cramps all the time, even when I knew I hadn’t eaten gluten, so was sure there must be other foods which I could not tolerate. I had no idea where to start however, as the stomach aches and bloating appeared to be sporadic and at times completely random. At the end of the day, it’s really to your benefit to work out what your triggers are, and then after that, you never have to worry about it again! The meal plan contained super tasty meals, which are pretty easy to make, even for someone like me who is not great at cooking. My advice would be – take The FODMAP Challenge seriously, to the best of your ability, and if you slip up during the week, and muck up that week’s challenge – don’t stress, you can always make that challenge up in your own time’ – Alix P
‘I am so happy to say I haven’t had constant bad wind for at least two months. I can go out without fear or anxiety about a flare up. I can also go to bed with abs almost visible (and some days with a stomach that looks as good as it did in the morning!) instead of looking 5 months pregnant! The course was really good. It has all the resources you need, including meal plans (three types – one with different meals every meal, one with reoccurring meals for those who would rather cook a big batch or a plan your own option).’ – Amy Darcy, Eat Pray Workout
‘Chloe has been amazing through the whole process, so informative and caring and for this alone I would recommend her and The FODMAP Challenge 1000 times over. The challenge itself is well thought out from meal plans to informative blog posts and an online community which are all so important to helping you through the process. It can be a pretty daunting experience on your own but The FODMAP Challenge community makes it seem so achievable and really gives you invaluable tips and resources to make the process as informed and simple as possible. I highly reccomened this to anyone who has suffered any gut issues, IBS, etc. You really do learn so much about what is going on in your body. I loved how much this helped me and I was able to pin point food triggers that have made such a huge difference. Now I know what to avoid and how much I can and can’t have of certain foods. Not only that I was experiencing some symptoms that were not going away, I thought I’d been doing something wrong, Chloe was so genuine and helpful reassuring me and giving me some invaluable tips and suggestions and it turned out I had some other issues as well that I have been able to work on and continue to get better. Please if your gut is out of whack and you have been ignoring it and saying ‘ah thats just normal’, stop and do The FODMAP Challenge you will not regret it’. – Amy S
‘ Being vegetarian I was quite hesitant. However, the meals were wonderful and easily adapted to any other food intolerances/ restrictions that you might have. There were also plenty of vegetarian options that I could pick from. Or I could easily change any meat based meals to vegetarian, swapping out for lentils or tofu. All the meals were very easy to prep. Having a meal plan meant that I could plan for the week ahead, and do all of my shopping on the weekend. Meals rarely took me more than 30 minutes to prepare. I found this was a great opportunity to see what my trigger points were during the challenges. Knowing I could ask Chloe questions at any time and she’d get back to me really quickly was great.’ – Georgie B