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Healthy and Happy Habits with Chloe McLeod

Posted by Tintin Sealey

We are so excited to be Australia’s first ever FODMAP friendly Ice cream! We chatted to dietician Chloe McLeod about her FODMAP story and why it is so important to keep on top of your diet when you are gluten, lactose, fructose or soy intolerant.

Burnbank-7For those who don’t know; What are FODMAPs?

FODMAPs are fermentable oligosaccharides, disaccharides, monosaccharides and polyols. These are compounds that either ferment or malabsorp in the gut, and result in symptoms of IBS.

How are IBS and FODMAPS’s correlated?

High FODMAP foods are some of the key triggers of IBS symptoms, due to the malabsorption or fermentation of the compounds. It is important to remember that it is all dose related, small portions of high fodmap foods may be well tolerated; it is only when more FODMAPs than an individual can tolerate are consumed that symptoms are triggered.

Tell us a little bit about your FODMAP Journey? How did it come about and why do you think it’s important for people living with intolerances to take action.

I’ve had food intolerances since I was a child, so have always had to pay attention to what I am eating, and one of the reasons I became a dietitian. It is important to take action and identify triggers, because it can have such a significant impact on quality of life; I honestly believe that most people don’t realise how good they can feel, until they feel better. Being able to play a role in helping people this way is incredibly satisfying - I feel so lucky to be able to assist individuals in this way!

Screen Shot 2018-01-05 at 9.25.53 AMName your ultimate FODMAP friendly dinner (dessert included 😉)

Ooh! Entree would have to be fresh oysters with a squeeze of lemon. Main course of grilled snapper with low FODMAP salad, and dessert of Coco-Frio Honey Macadamia Ice-cream, topped with blueberries and walnuts, then drizzled with caramel sauce - YUM!

What is the best way for someone following the low FODMAP diet to prepare for eating out or going on holiday?

Before a meal out, take time to check out the menu so you know what is on offer. If there is nothing that stands out that is suitable, or you’re happy to choose, give the restaurant a call and let them know your needs. This way they’ll have time to prep something different for you. If travelling, do the same with checking menus. Also, take portable low FODMAP snacks around with you - a small pack of low fodmap nuts in your handbag, and shop at local markets and prepare some meals at home.

What is your top healthy habit that you swear by?

Drink plenty of water

Finish this sentence: Ice Cream is best enjoyed when?

You want a delicious sweet treat!

What do you find most unique about the Cocofrio Ice Cream?

I love that the Cocofrio range of ice creams are all vegan, dairy free, soy free, gluten free and certified FODMAP Friendly - is awesome to have something that tastes so good available to recommend, that suits so many people!

As a registered dietician - what is the best piece of advice you can give to anyone who is beginning their FODMAP friendly journey?

Be kind to yourself - take the time to determine your triggers, but also know there will be times you accidentally ‘FODMAP yourself’. Knowing your triggers means much less risk of symptoms developing. And if they do, you’ll likely be better prepared.

Thank you so much for your words Chloe! Have a great week from the Cocofrio Team!

Ps. Want to win some free Cocofrio! Head to her page @thefodmapchallenge to learn more! Chloe’s Socials: Blog: http://www.chloemcleod.com/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thefodmapchallenge/ https://www.instagram.com/chloe_mcleod_dietitian/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/chloemcleoddietitian Twitter: https://twitter.com/chloe_mcleod