That is what one of my super relieved clients said after her gut problems (diagnosed as irritable bowel syndrome) were relieved after 5 weeks of working with me. Jan had experienced gut problems for most of her life and these had worsened within the past few years. Her bowel symptoms fluctuated from constipation to diarrhea with a lot of abdominal bloating and discomfort. Sometimes it was so bad that Jan didn't want to go out to eat in public so this had really impacted her social life. The doctor and gastroenterologist had ruled out any underlying disease and said that it was most likely irritable bowel syndrome and to get advice on a low fodmap diet.
Jan says the next year she tried everything from an elimination diet, to supplements and seeing a nutritionist and naturopath. While she did experience some relief, Jan says the gut problems were always there and she was fearful of them getting worse. Jan came to see me after her friend who I'd been helping to manage her unintentional weight loss and fatigue due to pancreatic cancer recommended me.
We started with a thorough assessment of Jan's medical, dietary and lifestyle history. It soon became apparent that Jan had experienced significant trauma in her life having cared for her ill father for several years and then her husband who had passed away 2 years ago. Jan was an active member of her community and liked to care for people. In fact Jan often put the needs of others ahead of her own. Jan's level of stress and anxiety were high and she wasn't doing much to help reduce this. We worked on a positive mindset and including simple yet effective breathing and enjoyable activity to help relieve this stress. Jan's mood improved and her gut symptoms lessened. Jan's mindset, physical activity and stress was improving so it was time to tackle what she was eatinng.
Jan's diet was not providing the nourishment she required. Due to her fear of making her bowel symptoms worse she had a very restrictive diet and was actually consuming a lot of processed foods even though she believed they were healthy gluten free choices. By gently increasing her intake of plant-based, whole foods providing soluble and insoluble fibre, probiotics and naturally sourced antioxidants and phytonutrients, Jan stated to feel more energetic and the bowel symptoms continued to improve. By 5 weeks, Jan was feeling really well with hardly any symptoms. By 8 weeks Jan was essentially symptom free. Jan is now training for her first ever 5 km walk.
"I can't believe I'm doing 5km walk!! I would have been worried that I was too far away from a toilet to ever have thought about doing that before"
I look forward to following Jan's success as continues to enjoy life after so many years of gut problems.