Why You Need a Dietitian on Your Team

By Maddie Lawson – Registered Dietitian and Nutritionist


If you’re struggling with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), you know how frustrating and disruptive it can be to your daily life. From bloating and gas to diarrhoea and constipation, IBS symptoms can make it challenging to go about your day-to-day activities with ease. In fact these symptoms are so common, and so debilitating that IBS was identified as the leading reason for sick leave, with an estimated 2.4 million days of work missed world wide. But did you know that seeing a registered Dietitian can be an effective way to manage your symptoms and find relief?

Here are five reasons why seeing a Dietitian can help you get your IBS under control.

  • Personalised approach: IBS affects everyone differently, and there is no one-size-fits-all solution. A registered Dietitian or an APD can work with you to develop a personalised IBS toolbox to help manage your symptoms, taking into account your unique dietary and medical needs, preferences, and lifestyle.
  • Identify YOUR trigger foods: Certain foods and eating patterns can trigger IBS symptoms. A Dietitian is trained in identifying food triggers and can assist help devise an individualised plan to help you build confidence in your food choices, reduce symptom severity and limit unnecessary restriction.
  • Provide education and support: IBS can be an overwhelming and complex condition, but a Dietitian can provide education and support to help you understand your condition and manage your symptoms. They can also help you navigate the confusing world of nutrition and ensure that you’re getting all the nutrients you need without flaring painful symptoms.
  • Low FODMAP meal planning: A Dietitian can recommend different meal plans, recipes and food products tailored to your specific needs and preferences to help make the transition to the Low FODMAP diet as seamless as possible. They can also help you incorporate healthy foods that are known to be beneficial for people with IBS, such as fibre-rich fruits and vegetables.
  • Monitor progress: Working with a Dietitian allows you to monitor your progress closely and make adjustments as needed. By tracking your symptoms and food intake, you can gain a better understanding of what works best for your body and adjust accordingly. This can include planning for any upcoming events or holidays, to ensure you feel confident in your body and food choices.
Overall, seeing a Dietitian can be a valuable tool in managing your IBS symptoms and finding relief. By developing a personalised plan, identifying trigger foods, and providing education and support, a dietitian can help you take control of your health and live your best life.


If you would like to find out more about how I can help you take control of your IBS, feel free to get in touch by calling the clinic on 97501552 or send me an email to reception@activehealth.com.au
If you are ready to get started check out my specially designs IBS program here.