Elaine McGowan

Ms. Elaine McGowan

Consultant Dietician & Nutritionist




Dietetics & Nutrition


Nutrition and Dietetics


M.Sc., Dip.Dietetics, B.Sc. Human Nutrition, M.I.N.D.I Consultant Dietitian, Clinical Nutritionist Sports Nutritionist

Educational Details

Elaine graduated from Trinity College with a B.Sc., (Hons) in Human Nutrition and Dietetics. She gained wide experience working as clinical nutritionist in several hospitals prior to establishing her first private dietetic clinic in 1992, in Limerick.

Private Practice Experience

Having established her first private dietetic clinic in Bon Secour Hospital Limerick at Barringtons in 1992, the practice has further expanded to clinics in Ennis and both Dublin North and South. Elaine has gained vast experience specialising in providing private individual dietetic consultations for her clients in her clinics for the past 17 years. In recent years, her main areas of interest are weight management, obesity, diabetes, heart disease and nutrition and gastro-enterology. Elaine is an active member of the INDI

GI Specialist Dietitian

Elaine has had a special interest in functional gut disorders particularly Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and has been treating patients in her clinics with IBS for over 20 years. Most of these patients are referred from Gastroenterologists or GPs, but you may also self refer.

Her interest in functional gut disorders led her to Melbourne in Australia the hub of research in the area. Monash University in Melbourne has carried out extensive research in this area and Dr Sue Shepherd and her research team have developed the low FODMAP diet which is a most effective dietary treatment for functional gut disorder particularly Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). Elaine’s decided to further expand her knowledge base in this area. In May 2011 in King’s College London she completed the professional and executive development short course on ‘The Low FODMAP Diet in Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders’. Elaine has been implementing the low FODMAP diet in clinical practice and finds it a most effective treatment for functional gut disorder particularly IBS.

The Low FODMAP's Diet

Fermentable, Oligo- saccharides, Di- saccharides, Mono-saccharides and Polyols (FODMAPs) are short chain carbohydrates that are poorly absorbed in the small intestine. The major FODMAPs are fructose, fructans, galactans, polyols and lactose. These are a group of short-chain carbohydrates that are poorly absorbed. In people with gastrointestinal symptoms, a diet high in FODMAPs can cause diarrhoea and/or constipation, bloating, wind, nausea and abdominal pain. Ingestion of foods high in FODMAPs leads to alterations in fluid content and bacterial fermentation in the colon triggering functional gut symptoms in susceptible individuals. Removing foods high in FODMAPs from the diet is effective in improving symptoms of people with functional gut disorders like IBS.

Dietetic and Nutrition Consultancy

Elaine has provided dietetic consultancy to a wide range of industries including private hospitals, hotels and catering companies. She has designed, piloted, implemented and co-ordinated workplace wellbeing programmes for several prominent companies and large international corporations.

Sports Nutrition Experience

In 1992 Elaine completed the British Dietetic Association's Sports Dietitian course with accreditation. In 1996 Elaine received her Masters in Sports Nutrition from the University of Limerick. Elaine worked for the Olympic Council of Ireland for the 1992 and 1996 Olympic Games. For the 2000 Olympic Games Elaine worked for the Sailing and Rowing Squads. She has a wealth of experience working with sports people from a variety of sports, both individual and team, from club level to international standard. With her expertise in this area Elaine was very involved for many years in setting up the nutrition component of the National Athlete Player Support Network. Other prestige clients include the Irish National Rugby Squad and the National Training and Coaching Centre Limerick.

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