IBS and Food Intolerances


There is no one-size-fits-all treatment for people with food intolerances or Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), so for this reason we allocate up to an hour with each patient. We will also work with your doctor to ensure the best possible outcome.

Louise specialises in IBS, functional gut disorders, coeliac disease & anti-inflammatory nutrition, with many of her clients achieving life-changing results. She also has a special interest in the link between the food we eat, our gut bacteria & chronic medical conditions. She is well known for always treating people with compassion & empathy. 

Coffs Coast Nutrition now sells low FODMAP sauces (certified by Monash University). These are not available elsewhere in northern NSW or on the Coffs Coast.   

Louise & Melinda provide evidence-based advice regarding:


* Functional gut disorders

* FODMAP sensitivity

* Anti-inflammatory nutrition

* Gut bacteria & dysbiosis

* Pre-biotic foods & probiotics

* Small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO)

* Lactose intolerance

* Coeliac disease / gluten-free

* Sensitivity to salicylates, amines, glutamates & food additives

* Reflux / GORD

* Diverticular disease

* Ulcerative colitis & Crohn's disease

What is IBS?

This is a functional gastrointestinal disorder that is known to affect approximately one in seven adults. Symptoms can be extremely debilitating, however many people have great difficulty finding someone who takes their situation seriously. Symptoms may include: abdominal pain, bloating, wind, diarrhoea, constipation, nausea &/or reflux.

Low FODMAP diet:

Studies indicate that up to 75% of people with IBS can be helped by following a low FODMAP diet – if carried out under the guidance of an experienced Accredited Practising Dietitian (as recommended by Monash University & the researchers & Dietitians who developed the low FODMAP diet).   

FODMAPs are a group of dietary sugars that can be poorly absorbed in the small intestine, & fermented by bacteria to produce gastrointestinal symptoms in some people. 

Unfortunately there is a lot of misinformation about the low FODMAP diet on the internet & amongst the general public, which can mean that people may follow a diet that is either unnecessarily restrictive or which reduces the wrong foods. In this situation, the problem foods may not be identified & symptoms may not resolve. We have seen many people who were given a handout on the low FODMAP diet by a well-meaning person, or who obtained information via the internet but did not achieve resolution of their symptoms due to making some simple errors. In addition, people may be unaware that the way a food is cooked or processed may affect the FODMAP content. After seeing our dietitians, however, we have been able to work together with our clients to isolate the problem & achieve an excellent outcome.  

The baseline low FODMAP diet should be trialled for 2-6 weeks, followed by review with your Dietitian, who will then provide advice regarding specific food "challenges". This is essential in order to understand which types of foods (& how much), to reintroduce into your diet.  

It is absolutely crucial to see a Dietitian  who specialises in IBS on a daily basis, & not just a Dietitian or Nutritionist who sees people with IBS a few times a week.  Louise is Coffs Harbour's most experienced Dietitian & Nutritionist specialising in IBS. She has had great results with the low FODMAP diet & has found that the best outcomes are obtained when people see her for an initial nutrition consultation, followed by regular review. This provides the opportunity to look into all the lifestyle & environmental factors that come into play & ensure a nutritionally balanced diet with as much variety as possible.  

RPAH Elimination Diet / Failsafe Diet:

Allergies & food intolerances are very different. Allergies involve reactions to the unique protein components of a specific food & can be detected via blood tests, whereas food intolerances involve reactions to specific chemicals that are common to many different foods.

Natural chemicals that are present in many healthy foods, as well as the artificial chemicals used in food additives, can be a problem for people with food sensitivities. The substances most likely to upset food-sensitive individuals are salicylates, amines & glutamate.

Attempting to eliminate foods or food chemicals one at a time can often produce misleading results. The only accurate method for determining food intolerances to natural & added food chemicals is via the RPAH Elimination Diet / Failsafe Diet which is generally carried out for a 2-6 week period, followed by specific food “challenges” to identify which chemicals are responsible for producing symptoms. Skin tests & blood tests are not an accurate method of detecting food intolerances.

This is a restrictive diet, & anyone following it will benefit from carrying out the diet & subsequent “challenges” under the support & guidance of an Accredited Practising Dietitian with experience in the area. 

Some symptoms that may be attributed to food intolerances:

  • Stomach / bowel irritation
  • Headaches / migraine
  • Fatigue / aches / pains
  • Mouth ulcers
  • Sinus congestion
  • Hives
  • Eczema / itchy rashes
  • Nappy rash in babies
  • Irritable behaviour
  • ADHD

Are you worried that your diet may be lacking in valuable nutrients while you or your family are following the low FODMAP diet or the Elimination Diet? Why not ask about our computerised dietary analysis!

  • Also available via email, if preferred.
  • Our computerised nutrition assessment will determine your intake of over 20 different vitamins & minerals as well as your intake of fat (saturated, monounsaturated, polyunsaturated), protein, carbohydrate, sugars, starches, fibre, sodium & calories/kJ. This information will then be compared to your recommended intake.
  • You simply need to supply a 3 day food diary & provide details of your age, height, weight & usual activity levels. We will use this information to analyse your diet & prepare a report detailing whether your diet meets your actual requirements, & provide guidance on easy changes that can be made to improve nutritional adequacy. To access our food diary template, simply click on "Services" then scroll down to "Nutrition Assessment" tab. At the bottom of the page you will find our Food Diary template. You can also send us additional information on your medical history, weight history, diet and activity levels, as any other information that you feel may be helpful. We then use this information to assess your requirements and ensure that we provide the best possible advice for your situation.

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10 Reasons to choose Coffs Coast Nutrition

1. Personalised advice tailored to YOU.

2. Heaps of support & motivation.

3. Nutrition advice: in person / phone / email.

4. Health & wellness programs.  

5. Experts in IBS & the low FODMAP diet.

6. Nutrition therapy for medical conditions.

7. Sports nutrition for optimal performance. 

8. Fitness training for all fitness levels.

9. Private studio gym. 

10. Medicare & health fund rebates.