Testimonials

Psoriasis Symptoms Significantly Improved

Dear Diane, I wanted to let you know that I am walking on air!!!!!! Since our appointment and new eating regime (for psoriasis) the following has happened...

Dear Diane, I wanted to let you know that I am walking on air!!!!!! Since our appointment and new eating regime (for psoriasis) the following has happened:

  • The scabs on my scalp have gone
  • The flaps of my ears have stopped weeping and all scaling has disappeared,
  • The sore and cracking welts where the ears meet the skull have gone
  • My fingernails have reattached to the bed of my nails
  • The redness and lesions on my face have gone
  • The scaling of my scalp has improved to the tune of about 80%
  • I no longer get out of bed shuffling in pain from the psoriatic arthritis
  • I have more energy!!

I had no idea how much improvement may have been possible when I walked out of your office that day and I can't emphasise how grateful I am to have met you and started  using your advise.

Kind Regards,

Diane Fitzmaurice


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


Why I am so passionate about what I do

Since I was 18 years old, I struggled with joint pains and inflammation in various parts of my body – ribs, eyes, sacro-ileac, etc.  In my early 20’s, it was sometimes so debilitating, that I could barely move my leg without being in excruciating pain.  I lived on and off...

Why I am so passionate about what I do

Since I was 18 years old, I struggled with joint pains and inflammation in various parts of my body – ribs, eyes, sacro-ileac, etc.  In my early 20’s, it was sometimes so debilitating, that I could barely move my leg without being in excruciating pain.  I lived on and off Prednisone (a steroid used to treat inflammation) all through my adult years and then in later years, I had to take more significant medications to further surpress my immune system.

I never slept right through the night and often had to take sleeping tablets.  Irrespective of what I did, the first words I uttered every day when I woke up were “ I am so exhausted.”

Since changing the way I eat (based on training I did via America through Dietitians working successfully with clients with auto-immune diseases), I have not had to take any medication for joint flare-ups at all (not even anti-inflammatories or Panadol).  This has been for 6 months!  I have had no pain in that time, other than when I did my food challenges.  This is the first time I have ever been pain free for more than a few days.

In addition, I never need sleeping tablets, as I now don’t have issues with sleeping, and I wake up feeling refreshed every day.

Diet doesn’t cure the disease, but it may be one of the triggers.  It is exciting for me to be able to share this knowledge with others and to see if I can give other people freedom from living with joint pains.

Diane Stride


I am now on a new journey

This course for me has started me on a journey that I never thought would be possible, and one that I would recommend to anyone who is struggling in life with emotional eating.  Being in such a beautiful calm setting has helped to open my mind and heart to be aware of where I am at

This course for me has started me on a journey that I never thought would be possible, and one that I would recommend to anyone who is struggling in life with emotional eating.  Being in such a beautiful calm setting has helped to open my mind and heart to be aware of where I am at

Lorraine


….about Irritable Bowel Syndrome

My daughter had a stomach infection over a year ago, which had lasting effects of stomach cramps, diarrhoea, dizziness, feeling sick etc and after going to the doctor for months, and with no improvement and being told it was probably Irritable Bowel Syndrome, we were all feeling that progress was going backwards not forwards. Luckily for us we were referred to Diane who has changed my daughter back into a happy, sporty and healthy girl once again.

My daughter had a stomach infection over a year ago, which had lasting effects of stomach cramps, diarrhoea, dizziness, feeling sick etc and after going to the doctor for months, and with no improvement and being told it was probably Irritable Bowel Syndrome, we were all feeling that progress was going backwards not forwards.
Luckily for us we were referred to Diane who has changed my daughter back into a happy, sporty and healthy girl once again.  It is amazing the difference that learning what your body can digest / tolerate has on your well being.  Having professional help to achieve this has been brilliant and I can not thank Diane enough for her guidance in getting my daughter healthy again.


Weightloss Success Despite A Busy Lifestyle

Mike is an energetic, charming social client of mine who has shown his energy and passion for people by developing the number 1 homestead in Hawkes Bay; Hawthorne House. Not only does he have to spend energy on ensuring that he provides a top quality service to guests from all over the country,...

Mike is an energetic, charming social client of mine who has shown his energy and passion for people by developing the number 1 homestead in Hawkes Bay; Hawthorne House. Not only does he have to spend energy on ensuring that he provides a top quality service to guests from all over the country, but he also arranges Murder Mystery evenings for businesses and social groups.

Mike came to see me as he was so busy with ensuring that he was available for his clients and keeping the property immaculate, that he didn't' have time to think about how best to lose the weight he wanted to, to ensure that he could keep up with his current pace.
“I was busy and just didn’t know how best to make it work. I needed some guidance not only on how to go about losing weight, but also having it fit in with my busy lifestyle.  The amazing thing is that I haven't felt hungry, and I liked having choices – on the diet plan I was given there were no “forbidden” foods, but rather an explanation on how different choices can have an impact on my overall weight.”

Mike


….about food intolerance

My doctor asked me to lose a few kilos in weight because of my health condition. Diane was in the same building, so I made an appointment. I found the written information and particularly the pictures showing what to eat and how much, very helpful. I have lost weight and body fat in the last three weeks and can follow the diet and can continue on with ease.

My doctor asked me to lose a few kilos in weight because of my health condition.  Diane was in the same building, so I made an appointment.  I found the written information and particularly the pictures showing what to eat and how much, very helpful. 

I have lost weight and body fat in the last three weeks and can follow the diet and can continue on with ease.

Carol


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


I highly recommend this course

I have recently attended a program of Mind,Body and Soul Awareness.It was taken by Diane Stride and set in an idyllic spot in the Tuki Tuki valley.The program was a practical application for reducing stress and increasing awareness of the present.I have been aware of the effects of stress and...

I have recently attended a program of Mind,Body and Soul Awareness.It was taken by Diane Stride and set in an idyllic spot in the Tuki Tuki valley.The program was a practical application for reducing stress and increasing awareness of the present.I have been aware of the effects of stress and anxiety on my health for years and this program was a great opportunity to explore new insights of myself and use the practical tools given to us to respond to situations that have caused stress in the past.The program was very relaxed and Diane produced follow up notes which i have found great to revisit. I thoroughly enjoyed the program and highly recommend it to anyone wanting to reduce stress and live a more fulfilling life.

Dianne Joll


Suffered with food intolerances since my high school years

I am a 58 year old female and have suffered with food intolerances as far back as my high school years. Having tried many avenues of help, including specialists and naturopaths I was becoming confused and desperate...

I am a 58 year old female and have suffered with food intolerances as far back as my high school years. Having tried many avenues of help, including specialists and naturopaths I was becoming confused and desperate.
Having found Diane’s website and the fact that Diane had irritable bowel and had specialised in food intolerances in Australia at the Allergy clinics, I decided I had nothing to lose as my quality of life was becoming affected.

After implementing some dietary changes,my significant bowel issues were resolved. I went from having bowel incontinence to not even having diarrhoea.  I am beginning to finally sort out my many issues and am more positive about my future with food.

Female adult, Hastings