I want to share with you a story written from the heart by one of my clients. One of the best things about my job is helping people to a better quality of life, this client is managing her long time digestive issues and as a bonus has dropped a dress size and looks and feels better than she did twenty years ago!!
"I’ve always been reasonably fit and healthy, eaten organic veg and followed government eating guidelines. Nonetheless I was always carrying a bit more weight than I wanted to – probably due to my love of pints!
Over two years ago I started feeling unwell, with stomach pain like a stomach bug / gastroenteritis, many symptoms went away eventually but the stomach pains never did.
After 6 months (and lots of trips to the doctors, with no success with a whole host of medicines and scans) I went to see Julie. We talked about my diet – what foods might be triggering or exacerbating the problem, and how I could improve my health generally. As well as being hugely informative, it was also nice to have some support and feel that I could – at last - do something proactive to help myself.
The first couple of weeks were tough – I didn’t know how I was going to manage without some of the foods I relied on (and some of which I had proactively chosen to eat because I had been taught they were good for me). I definitely went through a major carb detox. But Julie gave me strategies to cope and was on hand for my questions (and whinging!).
After a couple of weeks I was able to introduce some new foods (and lager – sorry Julie). But, what surprised me most was that I didn’t have the cravings that I had initially had. It was actually becoming easier to make positive choices.
After a month or so I found that I felt much healthier. I felt stronger inside and less bloated – like ‘Pilates for the insides’. And I was starting to change shape – a bonus!
After a couple of months I had dropped a dress size (and lost 4 kilos). Remember that this this was not my main objective and I was eating as much as I wanted to. The pains were harder to deal with, however.
Two years on, I am still following my diet. I feel so healthy that I can’t imagine ever going back. I have maintained my weight (which is just as well as I couldn’t afford to replace my clothes again!). More importantly, my pains have faded and I rarely experience them now. I believe that the improvement in my gut health has allowed my body to deal with the stomach problems I incurred.
What are my top tips?
Plan ahead – make sure you have good choices ready; make lunch in the morning – don’t wait until your only choice is to grab a sandwich.
Adopt Julie’s pragmatic approach – unless you are doing food exclusions, it’s OK to have treats but try to stick to your plans most of the time. Don’t give up because you’ve had a bad meal / day – they are allowed. Every meal is an opportunity to improve your health, so every good choice counts".