Testimonials

Mother of an 18 month old daughter

My 18 month old daughter, Francesca, has been suffering from moderate Eczema since she was about 6 months, about the time she started solids ... following Diane’s guidelines, and her skin and gut issues have been much better.

My 18 month old daughter, Francesca, has been suffering from moderate Eczema since she was about 6 months, about the time she started solids. She has also had gut issues most of her life. I have always had an interest in nutrition and was careful to feed Francesca with healthy foods, especially ones I thought were good for her and her skin, but I was so wrong! I kept a food diary for Diane, and she very quickly picked out what the problem might be. Since then, Francesca has been on a restricted diet, following Diane’s guidelines, and her skin and gut issues have been much better.

 Together with Diane’s excellent knowledge and advice, she has an easy, friendly manner – I would highly recommend her to anyone who has issues with allergies and eczema.

Mother of an infant


Autoimmune Disease

Diane helped my father change his diet totally. He suffers from MS, an autoimmune disease and Diane suggested a change of diet might be beneficial to cope with the disease. Since it didn't involve any medications my father was willing to try it for 3 months and see if there was any improvement.

Diane helped my father change his diet totally. He suffers from MS, an autoimmune disease and Diane suggested a change of diet might be beneficial to cope with the disease. Since it didn't involve any medications my father was willing to try it for 3 months and see if there was any improvement.
The eating program was very different to what he used to eat and I wondered how he would stick with it. Diane was so supportive and gave us wonderful recipes and alternative foods that he was able to cope with the change very well. Diane gave us realistic advise as to the effect of the new diet - this was not a cure of MS. We have seen though, quite a marked improvement in the last 3 months in that his energy levels have increased and the deterioration rate seems to have slowed down.

Diane was able to tell us who the suppliers of specialist foods were, that made sticking to the program easier. The improvement we have seen in my father has made this eating program a life-change rather than a short term diet. Diane's support through the visits and answering our questions via email was invaluable. I would highly recommend anyone with an autoimmune disease to try this eating program with Diane.

Fiona T


Health benefits of losing weight

Each person is unique when it comes to weight-loss. For some people their reason is to look better, improve their self-esteem, wear different clothes. For other people, it is purely to improve their health.

Each person is unique when it comes to weight-loss. For some people their reason is to look better, improve their self-esteem, wear different clothes. For other people, it is purely to improve their health.

Richard came to see me a few months ago for weight loss. He needed to have surgery to his knees, but the surgeon wanted him to first lose weight. Richard was highly motivated to change his habits. I first assessed what he was doing and gave him a meal plan to help guide him through losing weight. Richard has never ceased to amaze me with his positive attitude about the changes he has had to make. Even after all these months and all those shed kilograms, he is still finding the whole process easy. It is very rewarding to see him walk so much easier and to know that he is able to partake in many more activities now, due to changes he has taken on board and decided to make. Excellent news Richard.

These are Richard’s words:-

“The reason why I started this diet was to reduce my weight for a knee replacement operation. I started out at 104kg and after three months I am now 84kg, and this resulted in cancelling the knee operation. I am able to walk now without pain and my general health is much better. Even my sugar levels have dropped, so I am now only a marginal diabetic. The actual diet was wonderful. I have never really felt hungry following it and I now do not miss any of the fatty and starchy foods, oils, margarine, beers and sweet foods. The foods recommended were very easily followed. Even when going to restaurants I can find lovely none fatty menus and can drink modest amounts of wines. I really recommend this Diane Stride diet to any one who wishes to lose weight”.

Richard Porter


I loved how practical the course was.

The tools that we were taught were practical and easily included into ones daily routine. It's such a unique course.  It is small,  personal and caters for each individual. The lack of judgement/ open and accepting environment is refreshing.

The tools that we were taught were practical and easily included into ones daily routine. It's such a unique course.  It is small,  personal and caters for each individual. The lack of judgement/ open and accepting environment is refreshing.


I’m confident that this is one investment you will happy to have made!

Diane is a registered dietitian who has also invested enormously in her education in psychology, mindfulness training and the treatment of eating disorders but more importantly invests herself wholeheartedly in helping persons find effective ways to heal from very painful and difficult...

Diane is a registered dietitian who has also invested enormously in her education in psychology, mindfulness training and the treatment of eating disorders but more importantly invests herself wholeheartedly in helping persons find effective ways to heal from very painful and difficult conditions and disorders. To be effective in these fields takes a great deal more than formal education, even from such distinguished institutions as Oxford.  To effectively help persons with the pain and suffering experienced in these kinds of disorders requires at least a commensurate personal investment in cultivating mindfulness, compassion and loving kindness skills. These skills can only be learned in the cauldrons of human suffering, both in the rawness of our individual lives but also in serving the lives of others. It’s clear to me that Diane has spent a great deal of time in both. 
 
I feel privileged and honoured to offer my recommendation and endorsement of Diane’s new program and would encourage anyone that is seeking help with these difficult conditions to spend time with her and her new program to see for yourself how your personal investment with her can benefit your life.  I’m confident that this is one investment you will happy to have made!

Steve Flowers


THIS COURSE HAS STARTED ME ON A JOURNEY OF PERSONAL GROWTH

I got so much out of this course.  It was a bit daunting to be in a course with complete strangers, but as the weeks went on I found that we all had very similar issues. Diane was lovely.  The sessions were all so well thought out, so that the whole course built on the week before....

I got so much out of this course.  It was a bit daunting to be in a course with complete strangers, but as the weeks went on I found that we all had very similar issues. Diane was lovely.  The sessions were all so well thought out, so that the whole course built on the week before.  The course wasn’t about food or dieting.  It was about mindfulness and self-acceptance.  Over the eight weeks, I have found that I am slowly getting to accept myself more.  Not fully there yet, but well on my way.

Adrienne


I have struggled with being overweight for 30 years

I have struggled with being overweight for 30 years. I realised early on that my battle was really with food rather than weight. While I managed to lose weight a few times by restricting the food I ate for a few weeks at a time, I could never maintain it for long and so my weight would soon balloon again. I felt like I had a secret (eating) life and I felt ashamed of being fat. Over the years I tried everything I ever came across to try to stop overeating. But no matter what, all I ever wanted to do was eat and eat and eat. I think that maybe I was the Hungry Caterpillar in a previous life.

I have struggled with being overweight for 30 years. I realised early on that my battle was really with food rather than weight. While I managed to lose weight a few times by restricting the food I ate for a few weeks at a time, I could never maintain it for long and so my weight would soon balloon again. I felt like I had a secret (eating) life and I felt ashamed of being fat. Over the years I tried everything I ever came across to try to stop overeating. But no matter what, all I ever wanted to do was eat and eat and eat. I think that maybe I was the Hungry Caterpillar in a previous life.
 
In 2014, at 44, I had a health scare that meant I was in Critical Care for 5 days. While wired to the hospital bed I reflected on my life. I was proud of everything, and at peace with everything, except that I had never been able to figure out how to stop overeating and was potentially going to die fat. As it transpired, I didn’t die and so I left hospital determined that I would now stop over eating and lose weight. Instead I gained over 10 kg in as many weeks. I felt both panic stricken and entirely hopeless.
 
Even though I was so sure there was nothing left for me to try, other than surgery, I went to Diane to see if she could help me. I was not hopeful. Yet Diane was so calm and clear and kept it really simple for me – and told me to follow an approach to eating that I had never heard of before. It turned out I didn’t know everything about losing weight after all!
 
Diane outlined an approach to eating, a lifestyle, on a single A4 sheet of paper with only a dozen or so words. As Diane went through it with me, it seemed like it was something I could do. It involved eating rather than starving which was a great start! It also involved foods I loved and so, with Diane’s encouragement, I could focus on eating these things (rather than focusing on what I wasn’t going to be eating anymore). 
 
Diane asked me what worried me most about following this recommended lifestyle and gave me simple pragmatic solutions for each of the worries I raised. Diane’s solutions gave me the breakthrough I needed to get started with this new way of eating.
 
Perhaps the most impactful difference to the approach to eating Diane gave me was that there was no mention of quantities. This allowed me to change what I ate without worrying about when or how much I ate. Diane has given me no expectation of how much I should lose or by when - yet has reassured me results will come, and continue to come. This approach was magic as it stopped me worrying about some destination weight and getting there within a specified time-frame.
 
Once when I became confused, I emailed Diane for direction and she immediately clarified things for me and got me back on track with focusing on enjoying the new lifestyle rather than worrying about how fast the weight was coming off.
 
In addition to the original single A4 sheet, Diane has also given me recipes, tips and ideas to help me maintain variety in my eating. I have only met with Diane 3-4 times in the last 8 months and yet have lost over 20kg following her simple approach to eating. I have not weighed or measured what I eat. I have just followed the lifestyle. More importantly I have my energy back and no longer have seriously swollen feet.
 
I am now trusting that the balance of weight will come off over time. I am also now entirely hopeful, for the first time in my adult life, that I can sustain this simple and satisfying approach to eating and therefore ultimately sustain a normal weight for the rest of my life.

Karen


Each client is unique when it comes to weight-loss

Neelu came and saw me a few months ago, wanting help with losing weight. She had tried many diets without any success. She was highly motivated, an essential component to any dietary change. By changing the types of foods she was eating, and the frequency, she was able to easily reach her goal weight.

When clients come and see me for weight-loss, I don’t use the same approach for each person. It completely depends on their unique situation and what I think will be the most likely approach to help them achieve their goals.

Neelu came and saw me a few months ago, wanting help with losing weight. She had tried many diets without any success. She was highly motivated, an essential component to any dietary change. By changing the types of foods she was eating, and the frequency, she was able to easily reach her goal weight. Neelu is an amazing cook, and if you want to see some of her cuisine, see my facebook page.

I’m sure you would rather hear what Neelu has to say, though, than me, so here are her exact words:

“Despite leading an active life, regular exercise and regulated diet, I was getting over weight. I tried my best to keep myself into shape but to no avail.

I tried all fad diets, like eating less, eating no carbohydrates, protein drinks etc etc but nothing seemed to help.

Few months back got to see Diane Stride who put me on a balanced diet. The change in eating 4 meals a day at regular intervals made a huge difference and I lost weight and reached my goal in 3 months. It’s even hard for me to believe when I step on the scales that now I eat more food than before and still lost the extra weight.

Thanks Diane for putting me on the right track of a balanced diet with regular meals and controlled portion size.”

Neelu


I really wanted to talk to her, we used Skype to communicate.

I found Diane on the internet. Since I live in Wellington and she is based in Hastings, and she specialises in auto-immune diseases, and I really wanted to talk to her, we used Skype to communicate.

I found Diane on the internet.  Since I live in Wellington and she is based in Hastings, and she specialises in auto-immune diseases, and I really wanted to talk to her, we used Skype to communicate.  My main issues were with Endometriosis.  It was really easy and straight forward, I could see Diane, share a laugh or two, and still talk to her as if I was in her waiting room.  I made great progress and we got to the bottom of my issues.  It's been great to live a life without digestive issues, lose some weight and have more energy (something I did not have before).

Patient from Wellington


Endorsement

Diane is a registered dietitian who has also invested enormously in her education in psychology, mindfulness training and the treatment of eating disorders but more importantly invests herself wholeheartedly in helping persons find effective ways to heal from very painful and difficult...

Diane is a registered dietitian who has also invested enormously in her education in psychology, mindfulness training and the treatment of eating disorders but more importantly invests herself wholeheartedly in helping persons find effective ways to heal from very painful and difficult conditions and disorders. To be effective in these fields takes a great deal more than formal education, even from such distinguished institutions as Oxford.  To effectively help persons with the pain and suffering experienced in these kinds of disorders requires at least a commensurate personal investment in cultivating mindfulness, compassion and loving kindness skills. These skills can only be learned in the cauldrons of human suffering, both in the rawness of our individual lives but also in serving the lives of others. It’s clear to me that Diane has spent a great deal of time in both. 
 
I feel privileged and honoured to offer my recommendation and endorsement of Diane’s new program and would encourage anyone that is seeking help with these difficult conditions to spend time with her and her new program to see for yourself how your personal investment with her can benefit your life.  I’m confident that this is one investment you will happy to have made!

Steve Flowers