UPDATED 2017: I originally posted this in Feb 2014 and I left King’s College London at the end of 2016 to travel the world for a year. You can read all about my journey travelling around the world on a modified FODMAP diet in the dedicated Travel section on our FODMAP blog. Right now I am working at University College London Hospital as a Specialist Gastroenterology Dietitian.
While I worked at King’s College London I was fortunate enough to lead on the only research study completed in the UK which studied the long term effects of a low FODMAP diet. This involved following people up a year after they had completed the FODMAP reintroduction phase and assessing their symptoms of IBS, food related quality of life and nutritional adequacy.
The abstract for this important study is available here and I also wrote an article (linked here) about this important research project. The article discusses the findings of the research and the importance of following a modified FODMAP diet for long term symptom relief.
The original article follows now….
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 enhance mealtime eating abilities and improve the mealtime environment for 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 and reintroduction.
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 on the low FODMAP diet 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.
Good news! The first ever book dedicated to reintroducing FODMAPs is now available to purchase on Amazon. 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.
We recently travelled around the world and blogged about following a modified FODMAP diet. See more on our FODMAP blog Travel section.