Miss H, athlete with IBS, poor skin, fatigue etc. (May 2016) Low FODMAP combined with complete dairy exclusion: I am feeling SO much better! Oh my goodness! I’ll be honest, I didn’t realise I was still feeling that rubbish (I mean I was already a lot better that last year). In the last three weeks I’ve had no bloating, haven’t looked like I’m six months pregnant at any point, haven’t had crazy energy fatigue crashes, I’ve had no dizziness, I’ve been sleeping better, my skin is clearer of spots and the dry itchy has has died down, I can think more clearly, I haven’t had the weird water retention/swelling and, AND, my run times have began to drop again after 18 months of getting slower and slower. I’m so happy. Thank you.
Miss VG, IBS, marathon training (April 2016) The low FODMAPs is going very well, it has helped a lot with my symptoms. I was quite surprised how well it has worked!
Mr RD, IBS (March, 2016): Hi Sarah. Hope you’re well; I came to see you a year ago to help with IBS issues which have improved dramatically. I very rarely suffer any of the symptoms I used to – brain fog, stomach cramps etc and find I’ve been able to reintroduce a lot of foods that did give me problems previously, so thanks again!
Miss J, IBS (February, 2016): This week is my 4th week on the FODMAP diet and so far so good. I’m actually really enjoying it and have discovered some lovely new recipes. It’s made a very noticeable difference in terms of bloating, cramping and wind which is fantastic. My skin has also improved too.
Mrs H, ulcerative colitis. (November, 2105): Your advice has given me some hope that I can manage my health much better and, who knows, hopefully avoid an operation. I think my gut is already beginning to improve, less gurgling, bloating and twinges, so I’m very pleased so far. (January 2016): I am so happy that you have helped me to help myself, I just wish that I had done something like this before, still better late as they say.
Mum of gymnast, restrictive eating and tired all the time (January 2016) Thanks so much for you quick and thorough analysis. **** already seems to have turned a corner with her eating. She is happy to eat everything as long as it is on your list- especially Ovaltine and ready break! She had managed to keep her competition weight so far whilst eating more and already seems to have more energy And looks less like a ghost…
Miss R, France, diarrhoea predominant Irritable Bowel Syndrome (December, 2015) Hope you’re well I just thought I would drop you an email to let you know how I am doing. I have been on fodmap for a week now. After three days I could see a big difference to the way my tum felt and my digestive symptoms I felt great!
Mum of H, restrictive eater (December, 2015) H has been trying really hard with his food since we last saw you…….We are really pleased with him as we know these are big steps for him. My plan is to book another appointment with you in the new year to keep it refreshed in H’s head and for more suggests to keep going forward. I was wondering if you would be able to email me a few more ideas for H to try before he sees you in the new year just to keep the momentum up. We appreciate your help
Mum of A, elite rugby player, Type 1 Diabetic, with high blood sugar levels (November 2015) hope your good, yes improvements! All sugars under 8!…….thank you so so much for your help
Mr C, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (November 2015) Thank you for your email.I enjoyed our session and found it very helpful. No matter how much research and logic you apply to a problem, discussing it with an expert is a welcome and reassuring relief. Initial results are most encouraging……..its been quite easy avoiding the wrong foods. I’ve not had any stomach ache over the past 3 days. Hurrah!
T, University lecturer. Irritable Bowel Syndrome (November, 2015) I just wanted to let you know that the ***** free diet is going really well, and I only notice issues when I eat too many of the wrong foods! I have recommended you to a few of my friends too.
J, elite level athletics, Twickenham (July 2015) Thank you very much for your time and advice in helping me to make these changes so far. My running and recovery has definitely improved! I’ve run a few seasons bests in some of my races already (1500m & 800m) and generally able to do more without feeling too exhausted.
JB, Richmond (June, 2015) Reduce body fat, increase muscle mass. Just managed to have a look at your mail. It is absolutely brilliant. I’m completely knocked out by the level of detail. It’s exactly what I was looking for. I can’t wait to implement your dietary recommendations. Many thanks!
Mrs B.G. Wales (April, 2014) Ulcerative Colitis I’m so much better! I would say I’m 98% OK, with only minor signs on odd days, which are generally after a not so good eating day. I am also taking probiotic tablets, plus flaxseed on my Ready Brek every morning. Going gluten-free has definitely helped. I have loads more energy and definitely not as tired…my husband says I’m not so grumpy! So thank you very much!
Mrs M.M., Kingston (February 2014) IBS “Many thanks for your email and especially for all your advice and support. I can’t put into words how much improved my life is now. I shall download a copy of the app – thank you for letting me know about that.”
Email from Emma, Kingston (January 2015) whose father, Mr F, has a very serious lung condition caused by acid from his stomach entering the lungs. He only has 50% of his lung function left, and if he deteriorates further, a lung transplant is the only treatment. Emma contacted me in an attempt to help him as his doctors have not had much success with reducing the acid reflux with medications. She sent this email a few weeks after I met with her father.
Happy New Year to you too. Thank you for your email. Dad has made amazing progress………He says that the permanent burning in his throat has gone and he is bringing up much less acid from his lungs every morning. The change in diet has made an enormous difference. He writes down every day what he is eating and notes what aggravates the reflux. He’s gradually introducing some foods back into his diet. He found the FODMAP app very useful too.
He’s flying back to New Zealand next week and feels so much better than he did when he arrived at the beginning of December.
Sarah, we can’t thank you enough for taking the time to come and see my Dad on that Saturday morning. You have made an enormous difference – not just physically, but mentally as well.
My warmest regards and very best wishes
Mrs D.B., Epsom (May, 2014) Chronic Kidney Failure, High Cholesterol,
High blood pressure You seem to be the ONLY person who listened and took in my situation in total. Thank you. Thanks for picking out I feel a bit stranded.
Mr A.J., Richmond (February 2014) Chronic Fatigue, IBS. “Thank you so much for helping me identify the gluten issue, you’re right that it’s very positive, it’s made a huge difference to my energy levels – a big lifestyle change! I didn’t realise how tired I was getting until I reintroduced it, amazing how quickly we adapt to feeling a certain way!”
Pam, 38, Corsham. Healthier Diet & Weight Loss
I have to admit that, in the past, I’ve been a bit of a serial dieter. I’ve tried them all; Atkins, Weight Watchers, Dukan, Slimming World, Adios, Slimfast…..and they have all worked to some degree but eventually I always put the weight back on.
Since I’ve started seeing Sarah as my dietitian my attitude towards food has completely changed. Sarah has a great way of explaining the best way to plan meals and how to make sure you have a balanced and interesting diet. I love all of the her tips, the ones that have helped the most are:
Stop eating when you’re 80% full – a really easy tip, it’s amazing how much less you eat and 5 minutes after you stop eating you feel full anyway.
You can’t out exercise a bad diet – I definitely used to be a member of the “I’m exercising so that I can eat more” club until Sarah got me to actually count the calories I burnt against the extra calories I was eating.
Build muscle to increase your metabolism – I used to think I had to spend hours on a treadmill in order to get fit and lose weight, but I’ve joined a great gym (with no treadmill) and spend as much time on strength training as I do on metabolic conditioning.
Be good 90% of the time and bad 10% – Ok so I’m probably at 80% but even that has made a massive difference. I think it’s because it means I don’t have to ban anything so I don’t feel like I’m missing out.
Sarah’s recipes are so tasty that I’d much rather eat them than the microwave meals and processed food that I used to eat.
Listening to Sarah’s advice has taught me how to eat well without feeling like I’m on a diet which is why I feel like this is definitely a permanent change. Thanks Sarah, all of your advice and support has helped me to lose more than 2 stone and I’ve gone in 5 notches on my belt 🙂
Leo, 15 months old. Sunbury Severe food intolerances.
A friend recommended that I contact Sarah after moving to the area from Bromsgrove. Just before moving, Leo, my 8 month old son, had had a diagnosis of a rare condition called Food Protein Intolerance Enterocolitis by his paediatrician. It was a horrible time as the only food Leo could tolerate was salmon. Any formula he was drinking caused him terrible tummy pain. Leo was getting very poorly and there was very little that he could eat without vomiting, having diarrhoea, eczema, and terrible cramps.
Sarah new immediately that he needed to have a special formula called Neocate to provide his nutritional needs, she arranged for us to get this the very next day. Sarah advised that he should only have foods that he could tolerate (which was only salmon at the time!), and referred Leo to a respected paediatric allergy consultant.
Leo is over a year old now, and although slow progress has been made, with many ups and downs, he is putting on weight, and is now strong and healthy. As Leo gets older the range of food he can have is gradually increasing. Sarah has guided and advised us, and is always just an email or phone call away to answer our questions. She provides us with reassurance that Leo is getting what his body needs from the special formula and the food that he is able to have. She provides us with useful ideas for food so that Leo can alternate the few things he can tolerate.
I can’t thank Sarah enough for her input in making Leo well and healthy. Without her advice for the special formula (when no other doctors had answers at the time), Leo would still be suffering to this day I’m sure.
Amy, 40. ACNE
My GP had put me on antibiotics for bad spots, but I wasn’t very happy taking these as generally I’m strongly against putting unnecessary chemicals or drugs in my body. Sarah explained how food and drinks affect spots and it all made sense. For me, basically I need to told have ‘low GI’ food, and no dairy, and more good fats. She told me lots easy food swaps, like wholemeal bread for white, Oatibix for Special K, and almond milk for normal milk. I take fish oil supplements too as I hate fish. I also stopped sugar in my tea. The improvement was slow, over about 2 months but I’m so pleased and relived to have finally got my skin under control. The fee was well worth it and it’s probably saved me a fortune in skin care products and facial treatments.