How can you work out the specific foods that are the problem without compromising nutritional intake?
Is it possible you have a food intolerance?
Have you been diagnosed with IBS, or experiencing bloating, escess wind, gas, abdominal discomfort, constipation or diarrhoea?
Is it a food allergy or an intolerance?
The entire gut stomach and bowel symptoms, reflux, mouth ulcers, nausea?
The nervous system headaches, migraines, mood disturbances, fatigue, sleep issues?
Skin eczema, hives, itchy skin?
Airways sinus issues, hay fever, asthma?
How I help you manage food allergies and intolerances
By differentiating between a food allergy and a food intolerance. Allergy testing done under the guidance of an allergist can only determine an immune response reaction (IgE-mediated allergy) and therefore negative allergy tests may not necessarily mean there is no food allergy present. I can determine whether a food allergy might exist through elimination dietary trials and determine you or your child’s allergenic threshold with food challenges.
I use the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital (RPAH) elimination diet and challenge protocol and can guide you through the process. It is not advisable to attempt this diet without dietetic supervision due to the complexity of the diet and challenge process. I can help you work out which is the best version of the diet for you, which challenges need to be done, and ensure there are no nutrient deficiencies during food restriction.
If you or your child have a diagnosed food allergy, then I can ensure their diet is nutritionally adequate and can provide you strategies on avoiding allergens to limit the risk of accidental exposure.
If you want to find out if the RPAH is the right option for you, take the first step and contact me for a free initial consultation.
Food intolerance is one of my special interests and I can help people with
Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
Natural food chemical sensitivity (salicylates, amines, glutamate).
I can help you to work out the specific foods that are the problem and show you how to remove them from your diet without compromising your nutritional intake.
Eliminating whole food groups from your diet is unnecessary and can also be dangerous.
By correctly identifying the problem foods, your diet will be less restrictive, easier to follow and your symptoms may fully resolve.
Contrary to information on many websites, there are no scientifically reliable tests for diagnosing food intolerance. Read this document from the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health to see which allergy tests are considered unreliable and therefore a waste of money.
Read document from the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health
If you have received a positive fructose malabsorption breath test, it is important to understand that this is not a diagnosis. You need to undergo the low FODMAP trial, followed by food challenges, to determine if fructose and/or other other FODMAPs are the trigger for your symptoms.If you have received a negative test result, it is still important to seek help from an accredited dietitian, as it may be the other FODMAPs (fructans, galacto-oligosaccarides, lactose and/or sugar polyols) that are causing your symptoms.
Anna Oliver is a Qualified Dietitian passionately committed to helping people with eating disorders.