Hi there! My name is Lauren and I’m happy you found my website. I am a registered dietitian and food-lover based in London, Ontario. I blog about good food and digestive health issues (aka tummy troubles).
I am a Registered Dietitian (RD) and a member of the College of Dietitians of Ontario. I completed a Bachelors degree in nutrition at the University of Guelph in 2014, and a combined Masters of Public Health in Nutrition and dietetic internship at the University of Toronto in 2016. I also passed the Canadian Dietetics Registration Exam in 2016. I have a total of 6 years of nutrition post-secondary education, and have completed hundreds of hours of supervised dietetic practice during my internship. Now I have my own business where I offer nutrition counselling services to help individuals improve their health and wellbeing.
In January 2017 I presented a poster on the Role of Dietitians in IBS Management and the Low FODMAP Diet at the Canadian Nutrition Society Thematic Conference. Click here to read my recap of the conference and my poster presentation!
There is actually a big difference between a dietitian and a nutritionist in Ontario. I wrote a blog post to explain the differences. Always make sure to check a person’s credentials and education before taking any sort of health advice from them.
I was diagnosed with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) in 2014 and use the Low FODMAP Diet to manage my symptoms. Since I have completed the reintroduction phase of the diet and have identified my food intolerances, I now personally follow a modified low FODMAP diet. All of my recipes are safe for the elimination phase of the diet.
I started this blog to share recipes and information with others who experience any type of tummy troubles. When I was first diagnosed, I found it difficult and frustrating to find credible information and recipes. I don’t want anyone with digestive health issues to feel alone or hopeless. I hope to prove that you can still eat delicious foods when having food intolerances!
You do not have to be completely gluten-free on the low FODMAP diet unless you have celiac disease or a gluten sensitivity. For example, 1 small slice of white bread is low in fructans. However, I make sure all of my recipes are gluten-free because I know that individuals with many different digestive disorders read this blog, including celiac.
If you are interested in learning more about my personal experience with IBS and the low FODMAP diet, click here.
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If you have any questions, leave a comment on a blog post or recipe, or contact me via email or social media!
I know how hard it can be to change your diet and improve digestive symptoms. There are not enough dietitians out there who are knowledgeable in digestive health and the low FODMAP diet. In 2016 I started my own business so I could help others struggling with poor digestion or other nutrition issues.
I offer nutrition counselling & coaching sessions in person or remotely (via phone or Skype) to help you improve your health and wellbeing. Whether you just want to learn how to eat healthfully or manage a disorder such as IBS I can help! Contact me to set up a free 10-minute phone consultation, and you can ask me questions and learn more about my services.