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The Low FODMAP Diet Seminar Series in Brisbane, June 3, 2017 | Low FODMAP Diet by FODMAP Life

The Low FODMAP Diet Seminar Series – Take Two in Brisbane!

Joanna Baker, APD, AN, RN of Everyday Nutrition spoke at the first installment of the Low FODMAP Diet Seminar Series which was held in Sydney on May 20th.  After speaking with her, I was happy to hear it was a success!  If I lived in Australia, I wouldn’t miss it for the world.  And if you live in or near Brisbane, you have the chance this coming June 3rd to attend.  There’s a great range of speakers, so you’ll get great professional and personal tips, advice, education, and best of all, meet other people who have Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) – and again know that you’re not alone dear friend!

Below you will find some feedback I received from Joanna, plus more information about the event plus a link to buy tickets.  If you go, please tag @fodmaplife in your social posts as well as FODMAP Friendly, FODMAPPED, and the other wonderful sponsors.

Colleen: Can you tell me what you enjoyed the most from Professor Weltmann’s presentation?

Joanna: “Professor Weltmann was great! He gave a really easy to understand explanation of IBS, what it is and how it is diagnosed.”

Colleen:  What do you feel attendees liked the best about The Low FODMAP Diet Seminar Series in Sydney?

Joanna: “People seemed to find it informative with comments about how professionally it was presented, how the backgrounds information and explanations were a good foundation. The second half was more practical with tips and info around how to adapt meals and recipes, what lifestyle aspects influence IBS and people commented that they had some practical info that they could take away and actually use in their day to day life.”

Colleen: Can you share more feedback from the attendees?

Joanna: “A few people said it was great to have a range of experts from different backgrounds e.g. dietitian, gastro, nurse, neuroscientists etc as this gave a comprehensive presentation.  Of course, the goody bags and the door prize went down well too!”

Big thanks to Joanna for sharing her insight on the series!  To buy tickets for the Brisbane seminar, please click here.

Session 1: Navigating the Low FODMAP Diet


People who have Irritable Bowel Syndrome and are interested in learning more about the low FODMAP diet.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is a frustrating condition that causes substantial pain and suffering. While medications aren’t very effective at managing IBS symptoms, the low FODMAP diet can provide symptom relief in up to 70% of people with IBS. FODMAP Friendly, in combination with a range of IBS and FODMAP experts, is running seminars to help people with IBS learn how to navigate the low FODMAP diet so that they too can feel the benefits. You’ll learn about how IBS affects your body, what FODMAPs are and why they matter, and how the low FODMAP diet works. We’ll also teach you about practical strategies and resources that make a low FODMAP diet easier so that you can overcome the challenges and quickly get back to feeling normal.




How Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) affects your body, Professor Martin Weltman, Gastroenterologist & Hepatologist.

In this session, you’ll learn about the basics of IBS, including the symptoms and physiology, from specialist gastroenterologists. They will also explain what’s necessary to get an accurate diagnosis of IBS. You’ll also discover why it’s important to get your IBS under control and why you should consider following a low FODMAP diet to manage your IBS.

Basics of the low FODMAP diet, Joanna Baker, Accredited Practicing Dietitian, Accredited Nutritionist, Registered Nurse, Everyday Nutrition, FODMAP Friendly.

In this session, Joanna will explain what FODMAPS are, why they matter to someone who has IBS and how you can know whether a low FODMAP diet is a right approach for you. You’ll also learn about how the low FODMAP diet works, where you find FODMAPs, and the foods you can still eat on a low FODMAP diet.

Strategies for a successful low FODMAP diet, Dr. Glenda Bishop, Registered Nutritionist and Neuroscientist, A Less Irritable Life.

In this session, Glenda will explain the practical aspects of a low FODMAP diet and the tools and strategies that will make it easier to follow. This will include useful resources, reading labels, and finding foods that you can eat with confidence. You’ll also learn about adjusting recipes substituting ingredients, meal planning and eating out safely on a low FODMAP diet.

Testing foods for FODMAPs, Shaynie Ashkenazi, Associate Nutritionist, FODMAP Friendly.

In this session, Shaynie will explain why it’s important that foods are tested for FODMAPs, how FODMAP Friendly makes sure that their testing procedures meet the highest standards, and how you can use the FODMAP Friendly app to make the low FODMAP diet easier to follow. You’ll also discover the wide range of FODMAP Friendly foods that you can use at home.

How a low FODMAP diet has helped my IBS, Alana Scott, A Little Bit Yummy.

In this session, Alana will tell you about her personal experience with IBS, including how she was diagnosed, how she got started on the low FODMAP diet and how her life has improved as a result. She will also share how she dealt with the challenges of a low FODMAP diet and the ways that she’s been able to make her food choices feel more normal.

Q&A session

This final session will give you a chance to ask questions of any of the speakers. We want you to leave with the best understanding of the low FODMAP diet as possible so that you can eat with confidence and get your IBS under control.

Event sponsors include:

FODMAPPED, Coles, Alpine Breads, Simply Wize, Kez’s Kitchen and Lewis & Son.

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“Be Good to Yourself and Your Gut!” ~ Colleen Francioli


FODMAP Friendly is a world leader in assisting people with Irritable Bowel Syndrome in managing their symptoms with the low FODMAP diet. We are based in Melbourne, Australia, but assist people worldwide with simple and practical tools that can be used by dietitians, nutritionists, the food industry and the general public. These tools help make daily life simple and enjoyable while on a low FODMAP diet.

FODMAP Friendly are also an educational resource organization providing educational opportunities, seminars and workshops for dietitians, nurses and allied health care providers to assist them in learning about and navigating the low FODMAP diet. They work with recipe bloggers, food manufacturers, and chefs to develop delicious recipes and meals suitable for a low FODMAP diet.

You can find out more information about FODMAP Friendly and the certification program here.