This was our second Low Carb Down Under conference and our third low carb/keto conference in total. We are definitely now addicted to going to low carb conferences. Being around like minded people is always exciting, getting to meet online friends in real life and all the learning that goes with these great conferences.
We were lucky enough to attend Low Carb Down Under Gold Coast 2018 this year and wanted to give you our top 10 take aways from this event.
Our top 10 takeaways from Low Carb Down Under Gold Coast 2018
Dan’s 5 takeaways
1. Low FODMAP diet
Nicole Moore – LCHF Challenges –LCHF Vegan, LCHF Irritable Bowel, LCHF Cant Drop Weight…
My takeaway from Nicole’s presentation was regarding irritable bowel syndrome and FODMAPS. According to Monash University “FODMAPs are a collection of short-chain carbohydrates (sugars) that aren’t absorbed properly in the gut, which can trigger symptoms in people with IBS”. FODMAPs are found naturally in many foods and food additives.
As part of the presentation Nicole explained the different types of foods that are classed as FODMAP’s. The keto FODMAP’s include onion, garlic, cabbage, broccoli, asparagus, brussel sprouts, mushrooms, blackberries, raspberries, soft cheese, cottage cheese, some nuts and sweeteners including sorbitol, xylitol, maltitol and mannitol.
This was a light bulb for me. I have had gut issues for as long as I can remember and despite trying a few different things never finding any relief. I had a particularly bad time with my gut last Christmas and was able to pin point an over indulgence in raspberries as the culprit. When Nicole highlighted raspberries as an issue, I knew immediately I was going to have to look at introducing a low FODMAP diet.
So, the next thing I will need to try is reducing my FODMAP’s. I am happy to skip most of the vegetables listed, but will miss some of the sweeteners and the cheeses.
2. Don’t be afraid
This takeaway was not directly related to a particular speaker, but related to my fear of talking to strangers in groups like this conference. Sometimes you have to step outside your comfort zone. We met some wonderful people at this conference including Aaron from Fat for Weight Loss, Lucy from Epiphany Weightloss, Jo from Wellness on Wellington, Kimberley from Breathe Move Relax and we even had Prof Stephen Phinney, the low carb god himself, from Virta Health, sit with us for lunch one day.
We also got to meet some people that had even made some of our recipes, which was super exciting. A shout out to Susan and Kath.