About FODMAP Life & Colleen Francioli
Founder FODMAP Life, Certified Nutritional Consultant, Author, Digital Health & Wellness Marketing Professional
In 2013 I was fed up with feeling sick, bloated, distended and unwilling to go out or do the things I love. My IBS was affecting my work, exercising, my mood and my relationship with food. I had one too many close calls and the stress from IBS was too much to handle. Often times I didn’t know how my day would unravel. The feeling was that I had no control. That’s when I started researching natural ways to feel better – without big pharma drugs.
This website is meant to help others who have IBS, SIBO, Celiac Disease, or IBD (Crohn’s or Ulcerative Colitis), and autoimmune diseases like Hashimoto’s (a thyroid disease). The focus is the low-Fodmap Diet, as well as other natural ways to help care for the body and mind.
To reach me please fill out my Contact Form here.
Deep down I feel the cleaner the foods you eat, the better for your energy, mental strength and your health down the line. I am a no-partially hydrogenated, modified, processed type of eater. I eat lots of vegetables, fruit, grass-fed meat, wild caught fish, nuts and olive oil. Learning about what foods to eat (low-FODMAP, whole foods) or avoid (high-FODMAP, processed, or heavy in sugar) has changed my life!
Aside from having digestive trouble, I have also had an appendectomy (1999), a cholecystectomy (gall bladder removal 2005), a double back surgery in May 2013 and have had a thyroid condition since 2010 and was diagnosed in March 2014 with Hashimoto’s disease. So I have not had the best time with my health, however, I am very grateful for the health I do have. My family has been an incredible support during tough times.
Work with Me!
My Services include:
My Online Course for Sufferers of IBS
- Content Marketing Services – content strategy, creation, optimization, promotion, maintenance, reporting.
- Writing – content marketing calendar, social ads, social media policy, website copy, blogs, press releases, eBooks, script writing, marketing plans, newsletters, media kits.
- Recipe development, low-FODMAP menu planning for consumer and commercial use. I have written one cookbook and am currently writing a second due out by the publisher in December 2019.
- Primary Market Research – Surveys, focus groups, interviews, social observations, events with target customers.
- Secondary Market research – find existing online and offline data that can be applied to building out a strategy or assisting in intelligence for your specific project. Keyword research for SEO, assistance with experiments and field trials (like A/B testing of landing pages). Utilize geodemographic data, commercial market research reports, government census data. Industry trends, competitor data. Government agencies or trade association magazines and reports, reports or resources from educational institutions. Local newspapers, magazines, TV, radio.
My book, The Everything® Low-FODMAP Diet Cookbook is available now from these booksellers:
Along with recipes, The Everything® Low-FODMAP Diet Cookbook also includes a basic guide on the diet, as well as meal plans, snack ideas, low- and high-FODMAP lists, diet survival tips and additional health resources. All of the ingredients in the book were taken from foods that were tested and analyzed and later published by Monash University.
Publisher: Simon & Schuster. Publish Date: May 6, 2016
Since I have experienced so many health problems, finding new and better ways to care for my health and to help others has been a passion and life goal. Healthy foods, natural remedies, mediation, and exercise are what interest me the most and I definitely consider myself a food and wellness advocate and the FODMAP Life is part of my overall wellness journey.
Until back surgery, I used to be an avid runner and I didn’t worry about pain – I ran the Boston Marathon, completed a couple other half marathons, 5ks (best time 20:32 !), 10ks, placed first and second in a few trail runs and finished a couple sprint and super sprint triathlons. So nowadays I don’t really run at all. I walk, swim, practice yoga and Pilates. I have to be very careful of my back and if I can leave anyone with any advice – if it’s heavy, get help lifting it. If you run or do any strenuous workouts, make sure to stretch and give your body time to recover.
If you run several times per week, consider swapping in other exercises – especially those that focus on strengthening your core (by the way, running has been known to make IBS symptoms worse!). If your job requires you to sit all day, get up at least every 20-30 minutes and take a walk or stretch (I stand to work often). Don’t push yourself too hard and listen to your body!
The person in my family who was most supportive was my Mother. Rita was a Director of Nursing and helped thousands of patients and employees over the years, not excluding my family. If a family member was sick, close to death or in some sort of trouble, she was always there for them. She exercised, loved yoga and through the years imparted the best in eating habits for my Brother and I. I owe my LOVE for vegetables and fruit to her. My beautiful Mother died on July 25, 2014, at age 66. This website and all of FODMAP Life is dedicated to her loving, supportive, intelligent, happy and sweet soul. My goal is to keep up the momentum of her legacy and help others.
Please get social with me, like/follow on Facebook and Twitter and comment below my blog posts, enter our Giveaways on Facebook with FODMAP friendly brands or please contact me here at FODMAP Life’s parent company, BonCalme. Let’s get through this together.
Should you have a health issue that needs immediate attention, please consult with your doctor. When looking to get a proper diagnosis for any digestive disorder or auto-immune condition consider getting as many opinions as possible.
Colleen Francioli CNC.
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LEGAL DISCLAIMER: The information presented on this website has not been evaluated by the FDA and is not intended to take the place of your personal physician’s advice and is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Discuss this information with your own physician or healthcare provider to determine what is right for you. All information is intended for your general knowledge only and is not a substitute for medical advice or treatment for specific medical conditions. I can not and do not give medical advice and I do not recommend the self-management of health problems. Should you have any healthcare-related questions, call or see your physician or other healthcare providers promptly. You should never disregard medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read here.
Thank you for all your words of advice. I am a 66 yr. old female who have recently been diagnosed with IBS-C. I have suffered all of my life due to a tortuous colon. I love the Fod Map diet however it’s tricky with chronic constipation. My daughter is getting married in August and we are going to Italy in September. My Gastro doc has recommended Linzess for chronic constipation but my insurance denied the claim and now taking Amitiza and it’s been a nightmare. I am active in swimming, yoga, walking and a retired Mental a Health therapist. Thank you the blog and look forward to reading more good advice:)
Hi Mary Dean, you are welcome and I hope you feel better soon. Keep in touch and follow my blog, and subscribe to our newsletter OK? Best, Colleen
I am especially interested in following a low fodmap diet that works with the problems associated with a missing gallbladder. And, as a newcomer to the low fodmap style of eating, I worry about following the diet but layering fodmaps and trigger symptoms. I have IBS-d/c.
I would love it if you did El Pollo Loco
I love their beans but they are high Fodmap.
I have heard that if you cook the beans for a long time it lowers the Fodmaps. Is this true?
That’s correct but please refer to your Monash app to find which types of beans or legumes are low-FODMAP. For example- canned chickpeas are OK as long as you drain and then rinse them. Chickpeas, canned (1/4 cup) (1/2 cup moderate) *contains moderate amounts of Oligos-GOS. Limit intake.
“Because oligos dissolve in water, cooking and processing methods can affect the FODMAP content of legumes. For example, canned legumes or those that have been boiled and drained tend to be lower in FODMAPs as some oligos ‘leach’ out into the canning/cooking water and are removed when they are drained and rinsed.”
Can you tell me if El Pollo Loco marinated chicken is okay for IBS or is it low FODMAP? Thank you.
I can’t find any info on their site for ingredients so probably best to avoid.