Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)


IBS & FODMAP Dietitian

A happy life starts with a healthy gut.
Restore your gut health and feel better within 4 weeks.

Are you sick of feeling bloated, sluggish and uncomfortable?

Do you feel embarrassed about having excess wind and looking pregnant all the time?

Are you limiting social outings because you are worried about making the toilet runs?

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You are not alone and you DON’T have to put up with it.

Here at SDC, we understand that living with IBS is frustrating. Our founder, Charlyn Ooi, is Perth’s Leading FODMAP Dietitian and she is on a mission is to help IBS sufferers live symptom-free with our evidence-based FODMAP Focus Program.

What Causes of IBS?

Irritable bowel syndrome is one of the most common gastrointestinal conditions in Australia, affecting 20% of the population. The exact causes of IBS is still unknown but some of the triggers include:

  • Food intolerance
  • Low fibre diet
  • Anxiety and stress
  • Infection e.g. following an episode of gastroenteritis

How is IBS diagnosed?

IBS is diagnosed by your doctor based on reported symptoms using the ROME criteria. If you are experiencing any of the IBS symptoms described above on a regular basis, it is important that you speak to your doctor. Do not ignore these symptoms and most importantly, do not self-diagnose as it could be something more serious.

Some common gastrointestinal disorder causes symptoms that are similar to IBS. Your GP will ask you a range of questions to identify ‘red flags’ and rule out other medical conditions such as bowel cancer, coeliac disease, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, endometriosis or ovarian cancer. 

How Can IBS be managed?

IBS is a long-term condition and there is no cure for it. Fortunately, research has shown that IBS can be successfully managed through dietary and lifestyle modifications. Dietary interventions implemented and supervised by a dietitian can help you to minimise IBS symptoms and prevent flare ups. Dietary modifications may include a low FODMAP Diet or simply manipulating the types of fibre and fluid in your diet; your dietitian will work with you to determine which intervention is right for you. 

What is the Low FODMAP Diet Plan?

Research has shown that the low FODMAP diet plan can improve symptom control in 80% of IBS sufferers. FODMAP is an acronym that stands for Fermentable Oligosacchardies Disaccarides Monosaccharides, and Polyols. FODMAP is a group of short-chain carbohydrates and sugar alcohols naturally found in food or added to food. 

For some individuals, these carbohydrates are poorly absorbed in the small intestines, drawing water into the gut, resulting in diarrhoea. For others, these poorly absorbed carbohydrates travel to the large intestines where they are fermented by bacteria, producing gas and leading to bloating and abdominal pain. It can also cause bowel movements to slow down, thus causing constipation.

Tolerance of FODMAPs varies between different individuals. For this reason, it is important that you see an experienced dietitian trained in the low FODMAP diet to help you identify your triggers. 

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We can HELP you no matter which stage you are at

Are you confused about the low FODMAP diet and not sure where to start?

Have you tried to do the low FODMAP diet on your own but still struggling with symptoms?

Have you been on a low FODMAP diet for more than 8 weeks and unsure about how reintroduce food?

How Can We Help You?

Charlyn is a Monash University FODMAP Certified Dietitian (a.k.a. gut-health geek) and she specialises in helping clients with gut issues such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome. She understands that having IBS is frustrating and the debilitating symptoms can impact on your day-to-day life. She is passionate about helping you understand your food triggers and designing a tailored FODMAP diet for you so you don’t have to live with those awful symptoms.

Our FODMAP Focus Program

Our evidence-based FODMAP Focus Program is specifically developed by our gut-health dietitian, Charlyn Ooi, to help you restore your gut to help you feel better in less than 4 weeks (in fact, most of our patients feel between within a week!). We will guide you through each phase of the low FODMAP diet in detail and provide thorough support to help you feel better in no time. No questions will be left unanswered.

Elimination Phase

The Elimination Phase is an important step of the FODMAP Focus Program and it goes for 3 to 4 weeks. You should expect your symptoms to significantly reduce during this phase.

Challenge Phase

This is often the most confusing and challenging phase for the majority of people navigating the low FODMAP diet on their own. We understand what it feels like so we have designed a clearly defined, easy to implement FODMAP challenge protocol that will enable you to identify your trigger foods over 8 weeks. We will provide close guidance and support to help you undertake the challenges successfully.

Maintenance Phase

After completing the FODMAP challenges, our dietitian will help you put the pieces of the puzzle together and customise a dietary management plan that takes into consideration your individual intolerances and nutrition needs. We will show you what your personal modified low FODMAP diet looks like and offer practical tips on managing your IBS long-term.

What to expect:

  • 5 x one-on-one consultations (clinic or video consults)
  • Email support between consultations
  • Meal and snack ideas plus meal guides
  • Evidence-based research translated into simple language
  • Practical, everyday strategies and resources to help you on this journey

Our FODMAP Focus Program is the COMPLETE package and we will hold your hand throughout the whole process. You will not be left alone to follow yet another diet plan and figure out things on your own. We will provide you with all the tools, knowledge and skills required to help you on this journey to improving your gut health, nourish your body and improve your energy levels.

We understand that our program package may not be suitable for everyone. At SDC, we do not provide a one-size-fits-all approach and your dietitian will discuss if the program is suitable for you at your initial consult. You also have the option of paying per consult if you do not wish to proceed with the package.

Phone/Video Consultations

Our mission is to help as many IBS sufferers as possible and we don’t want you to miss out just because you live far away. We have clients from all around Australia, particularly from rural and remote regions. We offer telephone or video consults via Skype or Zoom if you are unable to attend our clinic.

Want to join us on the FODMAP Program?

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Charlyn Ooi

IBS & FODMAP Dietitian

Accredited Practising Dietitian (DAA)

Credentialled Diabetes Educator (ADEA)

Monash Certified FODMAP Dietitian

Paediatric & Neonatal Dietitian

Charlyn is the Founder and Principal Dietitian of Specialist Dietitian Consultancy. She has over 10 years of clinical experience as a dietitian and has extensive knowledge in IBS and the low FODMAP Diet. Charlyn is a Monash University FODMAP Certified Dietitian, Accredited Practising Dietitian, Paediatric Dietitian and Credentialled Diabetes Educator.

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Case Study

Megan is a 42 year old female who has been suffering from IBS for about 8 years. She was referred by her GP for IBS management as her symptoms became worse over the last 6 months since she started a new job as a corporate lawyer within a high stress environment. She suffered from diarrhoea, bloating and tummy cramps almost daily. This was impacting on her job performance and she was sick of feeling lousy. Megan complained of brain fog and felt sluggish all the time.

How we helped Megan:

Through our FODMAP Focus Program, Megan started to feel better within 5 days. After being on the low FODMAP diet for 3 weeks, we guided her through the FODMAP challenge protocol using a systematic approach over the next 8 weeks and identified that lactose and fructans (garlic, onion, bread and pasta) were major triggers for her IBS symptoms. Together with Megan, we designed a modified low FODMAP diet that also incorporated strategies for weight loss as she was keen to lose a few kilos. We met with Megan for her follow up 3 months later and she was managing really well on the dietary plan and her bowel habits returned to normal. She reported an increased energy level, better mood and was able to perform better at work with a clearer mind. Megan was pleased that she is able to enjoy life again without those awkward toilet runs when she is out with her friends.

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