Completed FOD 101: Education Phase
Are ready to Begin FOD 102: The Elimination Diet
Can feel confident in your knowledge about the FODMAPs Diet
Gone are days and nights of gas and bloating. The hours spent in the bathroom are now just minutes.
You can plan meals without fearing that you’ll set off another episode of GI symptoms
There are no more trips to the nurse's office or days sick at home
You and your child know what foods are safe to eat, which foods they have to avoid, and which ones are OK in small amounts
You don’t have to worry about whether they can eat at a restaurant or what they’ll have at that friend’s birthday party
Betsy Hjelmgren, MS, RDN, CSP, LDN
Founder, Feed to Succeed
Instructor & Course Designer, Flourishing With FODMAPs
As a Registered Dietitian and pediatric nutrition expert with 21 years of combined clinical and practical experience, I've developed an 8- to 12-week online Flourishing with FODMAPs course that will help you take control of your child's digestive health. Over the past 10 years, I've helped hundreds of families manage their child's IBS symptoms through an age-appropriate, low-FODMAPs diet.
Watch the first video to see how the Low-FODMAPs Diet can help you and your child take control of IBS.
Should my child participate too?
This is for your child’s health. I’ve found that children age 11 and up can actively participate in the course with a parent, and will be more invested and motivated if they watch the course videos themselves. Understanding the low FODMAPs diet, IBS, and how the body works digestively leads to greater buy-in. And this knowledge is the beginning of taking back control of IBS. Parents still need to take the primary active role, by watching the course videos, talking about them with your child, planning and preparing meals, grocery shopping, providing accountability, and support. Older teenagers may take the course independently, but also benefit from the support and accountability a parent can provide, particularly with making sure healthy, low FODMAP foods are accessible.
Can we really do this as a self-study program?
Yes. This course is designed and equipped to provide everything you need from information, to printable materials, to recipes - to complete the low FODMAPs diet, Challenges, and Flourishing phase on your own. I have incorporated years of questions, caveats, and unique situations into supplementary videos to provide far more in-depth information and support than would be available meeting individually with a dietitian for a handful of sessions. Additionally, you will have access to return to the videos and review them if you need a refresher.
What if I need more support?
I know this diet can feel overwhelming and be hard to stick with, especially for kids. So if you want extra, personal support I'm here for you! If you would like personal coaching, please contact us firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at (847)724-8015.
Will I have access to the videos after I’ve completed the course?
Yes! After you complete the course, you’ll have unlimited access to this course for as long as it’s in existence. You can continue to access the materials and lessons if you ever need to refresh yourself.
How much time will this take each day?
Each day, you’ll need to take a little extra time for meal planning and for tracking your child’s eating and symptoms. For most families, this takes an extra 30-60 minutes throughout the day.
Is my child too young for a Low-FODMAPs diet? Too old?
Is my child too young for a Low-FODMAPs diet? Too old? I’ve worked with children as young as 2 years old on a low FODMAPs diet. No age is too old. This can help anyone with food-sensitive IBS, which is ~70-80% of people diagnosed with IBS.
What if it doesn’t work? What if I don’t like the program?
The low FODMAPs diet doesn’t work for everyone. Studies have shown that 70-80% of people with IBS will feel better with a low FODMAPs diet, but that leaves 20-30% of people for whom it is not effective. The good news is that once you complete the diet and the food challenges, if it hasn’t worked for you, you still have gained knowledge and information! You will have then discovered that you are part of the 20-30% of people who’s IBS is not due to food sensitivities. That’s super valuable information to have, because you can stop worrying about what you eat since it doesn’t make a difference, enjoy the foods you prefer, and pursue other approaches to treating IBS, which can include management of stress and anxiety, acupuncture, relaxation, and more.
Do I still need to see a doctor if I complete the program?
We highly recommend working with your doctor as you work through the program. As you share your journey through the program and how it’s benefiting you, your doctor can support your progress and answer any medical questions. Working with a doctor is essential if you need ongoing medical treatment, such as prescription medicine. However, many people find that once they understand their IBS and food sensitivities, they are often able to manage their IBS and GI symptoms, and need less medical support.
My doctor has said that the low fodmaps diet doesn’t work….?
The low FODMAPs diet has been shown to work for 70-80% of people with IBS. For 20-30% of people, it may not effectively control IBS. If your doctor’s experience is that the low FODMAPs diet does not work, it is likely that he or she has not worked with patients or other health professionals that have followed the low FODMAPs diet correctly. There is a lot of misinformation available on the internet, and there are also people who “sort-of” follow a lower FODMAPs diet, but don’t get adequate relief because they haven’t given themselves an opportunity to fully commit long enough to see results.
"If I didn't see Betsy, I'd never have gotten the reset I needed."
-MG, 17-year-old IBS patient
"My son missed 20 days of school. Once we got started on the low-FODMAPs diet, he finished the school year without any more absences!"
-RT, mom to 11-year-old IBS patient
"Every meal was stressful."
-TC, mom to 6-year-old IBS patient