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Monash University Low FODMAP Diet App User Guide

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Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a common gut disorder affecting 1 in 7 adults. Researcher at Monash University have developed a diet therapy to treat IBS. This diet is based on restricting the …

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a common gut disorder affecting 1 in 7 adults. Researcher at Monash University have developed a diet therapy to treat IBS. This diet is based on restricting the dietary intake of certain short chain carbohydrates (named FODMAPs). ‘The Monash University Low FODMAP Diet app’ includes the largest FODMAP database and provides up-to-date information on the dietary management of gastrointestinal symptoms associated with IBS. Use this app in conjunction with advice from your health professional.


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  • 1. Medicine, Nursing and Health SciencesThe Monash UniversityLow FODMAP diet User Guide
  • 2. 1. Welcome Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a common gut disorder affecting 1 in 7 adults. Researcher at Monash University have developed a diet therapy to treat IBS. This diet is based on restricting the dietary intake of certain short chain carbohydrates (named FODMAPs). ‘The Monash University Low FODMAP Diet app’ includes the largest FODMAP database and provides up-to-date information on the dietary management of gastrointestinal symptoms associated with IBS. Use this app in conjunction with advice from your health professional. Monash University Low FODMAP diet – User Guide December 2012 2
  • 3. 2. Low FODMAP Diet The ‘About’ section features the very popular Monash University Low FODMAP diet booklet. Click on the arrow to access general information about IBS and the Low FODMAP diet. Monash University Low FODMAP diet – User Guide December 2012 3
  • 4. 3. What are FODMAPs Inside the Monash University Low FODMAP booklet is the ‘Contents’ page. Click on each chapter and scroll through the information. Chapters include information about IBS, FODMAPs and how they trigger IBS symptoms, who can malabsorb them, the Low FODMAP diet for vegetarians, and information about sourcing low FODMAP foods and maintaining a balanced diet while following the Monash University Low FODMAP diet. Monash University Low FODMAP diet – User Guide December 2012 4
  • 5. 4. Food Guide The Food Guide section lists 8 major food categories. Monash University currently has the largest FODMAP database in the world and over 350 foods with over 700 different serving sizes are included. In three easy clicks you can access any food from any category . The categories are: • Beverages • Cereals/cereal products • Condiments • Dairy • Fruit • Meat, Fish, Eggs • Pulses, Tofu, Nuts • Vegetables Monash University Low FODMAP diet – User Guide December 2012 5
  • 6. 5. My Filters Start examining the food lists by filtering foods according to your own FODMAP sensitivity. You can find the ‘My Filters’ button in the top right corner of any page in the Food Guide. Slide the ‘Enable Filtering;’ bar to ‘ON’, then drag the filter bars for each type of FODMAP across, as necessary. You can click on the ‘About FODMAPs’ or ‘About Traffic Light System’ buttons for further information. Click ‘Done’ and your food guide is ready to go! Units of measurement can also be altered. You can do this from the ‘Food Guide’ menu page by clicking ‘Settings’ . Monash University Low FODMAP diet – User Guide December 2012 6
  • 7. 6. Fruit The ‘Food Guide’ uses a ‘Traffic Light System‘ for a quick and easy reference. • ‘green light’ indicates the food is low in FODMAPs and should be well tolerated • orange light ‘ indicates foods that contain moderate amounts of FODMAPs, and intake should be limited • red light indicates a high level of a particular FODMAP, and intake should be avoided. If you have filtered foods according to your personal sensitivities, foods to avoid will be shaded out. Monash University Low FODMAP diet – User Guide December 2012 7
  • 8. 7. Cherries Select the individual foods for a detailed breakdown of the different types of FODMAPs present. A traffic light rating for each type of FODMAP is given for a standard serving size. A smaller serving size may change the overall rating from red or orange to green. Food can be added to your ‘Shopping’ list by clicking the arrow in the top right-hand corner of the screen. Scroll to the bottom to add personal notes relating your own experiences with the selected food. Monash University Low FODMAP diet – User Guide December 2012 8
  • 9. 8. Recipes Eating a Low FODMAP diet is easy. The Recipe section contains over 79 Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and Snack ideas that are all Low FODMAP. Select the recipe image for a detailed recipe description and step by step instructions. All recipes included can be used to follow the ‘1 week Low FODMAP diet challenge’. Monash University Low FODMAP diet – User Guide December 2012 9
  • 10. 9. 1 Week Challenge You can monitor your diet and improvement in symptoms using the ‘1 week Challenge ‘feature. Select ‘Start the 1 Week Challenge’ on the home page and fill in the diary each day for a week. Select the recipe or food items you have eaten each day and remember to record your symptoms using the ‘Journal’ button in the top right corner. Monash University Low FODMAP diet – User Guide December 2012 10
  • 11. 10. Editing Journal Record your gastrointestinal symptoms ‘daily’ during the ‘1 Week Challenge’. You can record your symptoms in the journal by sliding each bar across according to the severity of your symptoms for each day. Press ‘Done’ and your journal entry for that day will be saved automatically. At the end of the week you will receive a certificate of completion and a graph of your symptoms and a copy of your food diary. You can discuss your results with your health professional. Monash University Low FODMAP diet – User Guide December 2012 11
  • 12. Please click on the following link to purchase a copy of the Monash University Low FODMAP dietApp for iPhone.All proceeds received by Monash University from the sale of this App will go directly towards fundingmore researchhttps://itunes.apple.com/au/app/monash-university-low-fodmap/id586149216?mt=8&uo=4http://www.med.monash.edu/cecs/gastro/index.htmlContact InformationAdministration:Brianna McFarlaneT: +61 3 9903 0526E: brianna.mcfarlane@monash.edu Monash University Low FODMAP diet – User Guide December 2012 12

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