Testimonials

Gain knowledge about the the biological impact food has on your body.

The most useful thing in my sessions with Diane, is the knowledge you gain about the actual way we eat and the biological impact food has on your body.

The most useful thing in my sessions with Diane, is the knowledge you gain about the actual way we eat and the biological impact food has on your body.  In addition, understanding the social side, how weight works and the phenomenon of feeling fat. The biggest change this has made in my life is being able to control sugar, learning that it is ok to eat and snack and learning how to recognise when I am hungry.

 

Amanda


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


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


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


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


Mum grateful to finally see her son free of stomach pain!

For several years my son has suffered with abdominal/stomach pains, for which we have visited numerous GPs with no success. We were referred to Diane who has helped us to identify food intolerance’s through a process of removing and re-introducing different food groups

For several years my son has suffered with abdominal/stomach pains, for which we have visited numerous GPs with no success.

We were referred to Diane who has helped us to identify food intolerance’s through a process of removing and re-introducing different food groups. By identifying these food intolerance’s he now has no stomach pains and we are aware of which foods he has trouble digesting.  It is a relief as a parent to see him happy and free from pain.

We are very grateful to Diane for her professional yet kind guidance, and would highly recommend her to anyone suffering in the same manner.

Sarah


Mother of a teenage daughter

As the mother of a teenage daughter with a number food intolerances, I have found Diane’s knowledge and expertise invaluable. She identified the foods that were causing my daughter to feel so unwell and provided her with detailed information, so that she can manage a balanced, healthy diet independently.

As the mother of a teenage daughter with a number food intolerances, I have found Diane’s knowledge and expertise invaluable. She identified the foods that were causing my daughter to feel so unwell and  provided her with detailed information, so that she can  manage a balanced, healthy diet independently.  Her support has been ongoing, regularly providing us with product information.

Diane’s clear guidelines and reassuring manner  has helped us feel  a lot more confident about managing a restricted diet positively. I am so glad that we found Diane and would highly recommend her services.

Mother of teenage daughter


Here is some feedback from one of my clients who is feeling amazing now, after suffering for years with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) issues

After being diagnosed with Coeliac disease five years ago I immediately took on a gluten free diet, noticing significant improvements after a few days.

After being diagnosed with Coeliac disease five years ago I immediately took on a gluten free diet, noticing significant improvements after a few days.

It was only a couple of years ago that I noticed the same symptoms I had when I wasn’t gluten free coming back – bloated, sore, tired and of course inconsistent bowel motions that would either be constipation or diarrhoea. Turns out I was lactose intolerant too.
After just a few days of being off dairy, my symptoms faded. My health then began to deteriorate with continued troubles with my bowel motions and sharp pains in my abdomen. After several admissions to hospital, being put on various medications and finally six months later I was diagnosed with IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome). Initially it was a great relief to know what was going on and to have an answer, but with not being given much information or advice on how to live with it other than what I was already doing with my diet I felt somewhat lost. Once again, my health deteriorated, this time it was my energy levels – feeling very tired and low, being bloated most of the time and having inconsistent bowel motions.

Another trip to the doctor and I was referred to see Diane Stride. Diane talked through my weekly diet and then explained in a very easy-to-understand-way of how certain foods can cause problems with those of us that suffer from IBS and/or Coeliacs. Diane really enlightened me; everything she was saying made perfect sense. There were a lot of foods I was eating that someone who suffers from both IBS and Coeliacs should avoid. After being given advice on how to make changes to my diet over a four week period, my new diet began.

After the first few days I really started to notice changes – my tummy was flat, I had a routine to my bowel motions and I was beginning to feel ‘normal’. At first I thought it was too good to be true, that the next day I would become bloated or I would have diarrhoea or constipation, but that didn’t happen. For four weeks I felt a huge change – my symptoms had disappeared, I was feeling great, I had a normal toilet routine, my tummy remained flat and people were commenting on how healthy I was looking. Well, that has continued! I haven’t had any symptoms that I was previously experiencing and I really feel like a heavy burden has been lifted and I have a new lease on life. To not need to worry about rushing to the toilet or feeling self conscious about being constantly bloated has made such a positive difference not only to my health, but to my general wellbeing. I really feel like I am normal again! I am very grateful to Diane and her knowledge and expertise in this area.

I would happily recommend anyone that suffers from similar symptoms to go and see her and get yourself sorted and back to normal. Yes, normal is possible!

Christine, Hawkes Bay


...abdomen and stomach pain

“I have been fortunate to be referred to Diane Stride by my doctor, Blaine Stride (Diane’s husband). For some ten years I have suffered from pain and tension in both the abdomen and stomach.  During this period I have had four colonoscopy’s and many ultrasounds....

“I have been fortunate to be referred to Diane Stride by my doctor, Blaine Stride (Diane’s husband).

For some ten years I have suffered from pain and tension in both the abdomen and stomach.  During this period I have had four colonoscopy’s and many ultrasounds.  The pain has never been constant, or consistently in the same place,  “a moveable feast” I describe it as.   It has not disturbed my sleep and most days I have woken pain free with the tension creeping on as the day has progressed.  My bowel movements have been quite erratic.

For two months now I have been guided by Diane and her program known as “Foodmaps”. This has had a huge effect on my health.  My husband will bear testament to the new me.  I have had several comments observing the brightness in my eyes and can honestly say the improvement to my discomfort has been immense.

Over the past month I have slowly introduced some of those foods that have been removed, taking note of any side effects.  I have kept a diary of my food and bowel movements.

Diane has been most professional in her approach to my complaint.  She has a great knowledge of food groups and their effect on Irritable bowel.  She has been very easy to talk to, a great listener supporting her suggestions with good explanations.

I continue to be guided by Diane and have no hesitation in recommending her to anyone looking to address their health and well being through dietary intake.”

Felicity Fergusson