Testimonials / Irritable Bowel Syndrome

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


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


I've got a new lease on life and I'm pain free!

For the last 10 years I have been struggling with chest and stomach pains – which also at times led to feeling light headed and feeling like I was going to pass out. And every morning I would wake feeling horrible. I lacked energy, felt constantly wiped out, was extremely irritable and on a whole I felt totally miserable ... Not only am I feeling way better, I have felt like I have more energy and have been less grumpy with all that stress off my shoulders.

For the last 10 years I have been struggling with chest and stomach pains – which also at times led to feeling light headed and feeling like I was going to pass out.  And every morning I would wake feeling horrible. I lacked energy, felt constantly wiped out, was extremely irritable and on a whole I felt totally miserable.
I had been to the doctor on numerous occasions to try and solve the problems I was having – every  blood test, heart test, endoscopies etc all said I was perfectly healthy – which although was great to hear was also very frustrating because I didn’t feel healthy.

From Christmas 2012 through to April 2013 things started to get worse in terms of the way I was feeling and I was started to have panic attacks and had a real fear of going to bed at night. Eventually I decided to try something different to try and fix the problem and this lead me to making an appointment with Diane.

I went in to my 1st appointment with the attitude (perhaps more expectation) that if it didn’t work – then at least I could say I tried and could cross it off my list of things to try. During that 1st visit we went through the whole history  of my symptoms, what my diet was etc.

When we had been through all that, Diane gave me a diet plan to try for the following weeks before my next appointment. When she gave me the plan she said I would notice a difference within “2 to 3 days”  I had been in pain for 10 years so I didn’t think I would be pain free in 2-3 days. I was wrong!  3 days later I was pain free and it was such a strange feeling to go through a whole day without pain or discomfort, it felt extremely odd!   Soon 1 day turned into 2, and soon became weeks – I have been totally amazed at the difference.

Diane was so professional and thorough in her diagnosis and testing programme, I felt well taken care of.  Each appointment led to new challenges and discoveries about my diet and how it affected my body.  Not only am I feeling way better, I have felt like I have  more energy and have been less grumpy with all that stress off my shoulders.   All in all I am glad I made the decision to go and see Diane as its been well worth it.  I highly recommend Diane’s services.

Marty