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Lauren Leisk, Founder, Fodilicious

 I have suffered from IBS from a young age where I found that the root cause of my flare  ups was due to my diet. I had a very busy lifestyle, working long hours and finding it challenging to prepare my own meals each day or for the full week. I ate a lot of ready – made meals as an easy alternative. However the products available were mass produced, processed and full of additives and preservatives and did not suit my dietary requirements. I found it very frustrating that there were no convenient freshly prepared meal options using premium ingredients.

I have always been very passionate about researching IBS, looking for ways to alleviate my symptoms and network with other sufferers to share best practice. Finally, I discovered the low FODMAP diet, which eliminates all trigger foods which can set off IBS symptoms. My mum also suffers from IBS, and together we decided to prepare recipes substituting normal ingredients for low FODMAP alternatives – the results have been fantastic!

 With our Chefs & Dietician our aim at Fodilicious is to convert our low FODMAP, gluten free and dairy free home-made recipes into freshly prepared, fodiliciously flavoursome freshly prepared meal options with no additives or preservatives using the finest fresh local Scottish ingredients to help IBS sufferers, and those who are gluten & dairy intolerant and for anyone who wants to live a better quality healthy lifestyle to improve overall health & wellbeing. We want to raise awareness about IBS and low FODMAP, stop people suffering in silence, and make a difference in the UK ‘free from’ food market.

Ian Henderson, Development Chef

With over 15 years of valuable experience in the hospitality and catering industry, Ian is our Development Chef at Fodilicious! Previously held positions with well known Edinburgh restaurants and hotels such as The Scotsman Hotel, Scotch Malt Whiskey Society, Tigerlily as well as opening  Twenty Princes Street. Ian also spent a year in Spain working for a prestigious banqueting venue.

With a passion for health and wellbeing, Ian is now studying for a masters degree in Public Health Nutrition at Queen Margaret University. Ian has a keen interest in food for special dietary needs, and enjoys the challenge of creating and developing delicious ‘free from’ options, especially low FODMAP and vegan, that can appeal to everyone!

Vikki Fleming, Chef

Meet Vikki, our talented chef at Fodilicious! After studying for 3 years, Vikki successfully graduated with an exceptional Grade A in HNC Professional Cookery at West Lothian College.

Throughout her studies, Vikki worked at West Lothian’s top rated fine dining restaurant on Tripadvisor – The Terrace Restaurant – on a weekly basis where she learned how to cater for those with food intolerances!

Vikki has also completed work experience with Macdonald Hotels, and has a passion to prepare fresh, hand cooked products with local Scottish produce!

Lesley Reid Fodilicious Dietician

Lesley Reid, Dietitian

Lesley Reid a freelance dietitian who is an IBS, Low FODMAP and IBD expert.  She has over 17 years of dietetic experience in the NHS, freelance and corporate nutrition.  Lesley has completed The Kings College London accredited training in the Low FODMAP diet and has recently completed The Inflammatory bowel disease: evidence-based dietary management training. Lesley has also approved all the Fodilicious recipes and ingredients as Low FODMAP, Gluten free and dairy free.

Lesley has worked with caterers and restaurants advising on the Low FODMAP diet and has worked with the only restaurant in the UK to implement a full Low FODMAP/ Dairy free menu.

Lesley has frequently appeared in the Media bringing attention to nutrition, diet and IBS.

Lesley has regularly presented at The Allergy and Free From Show highlighting the benefits and advances in the Low FODMAP diet.

With supporting clients with the low FODMAP diet Lesley is delighted to be working with Fodilicious to support them to raise the profile of the low FODMAP diet and their products.

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