What My Clients Have Said ....
"I have been on a food journey for 8 years. Being asthmatic and struggling with gluten and dairy was very challenging. Over the years I went gluten, dairy and preservative free. I followed the RPA elimination diet, then fed up diet, GAPS and PALEO. I had great improvement, however once I went onto GAPS and PALEO I began to experience terrible cramping and more food sensitivities. After much testing I was diagnosed as Coeliac with IBS. I tried the Fodmap diet with a registered Dietician, but after 2 weeks I had no improvement and was more confused and frustrated than ever! I was told what foods to avoid, but I was not told what quantities of food I could eat and I was making so many mistakes and not getting any better. It was by chance that I found Suzanne on the Internet and Strands of my life. I thought, as a last resort I would give it one last go. Well it proved to be the best decision I made. Suzanne was fantastic. She walked every step of the way with me. I could email at any time and ask as many questions as I liked. The best part for me was the weekly menu. It took immense pressure off me feeding a family with 2 children with allergies and a husband with a healthy appetite. Suzanne designed a menu to accommodate each person’s needs in my family, but the best part was, I only cooked one meal for the family. I refer back to my menus regularly and feel better than I have in years. I was even able to go to another country on holiday and Susanne navigated me through the whole way! Suzanne is a treasure, one I'm very grateful for! I would highly recommend anyone giving her a go - it will be a very well made choice and investment in your health and that of your family! Thank you Suzanne."
- Tania - Australia
"Before I heard about the low FODMAP diet, I was battling with physical and emotional pain every day due to IBS. Meeting Suzanne and starting her program was the best decision I have ever made about my health. No doctor has ever been able to help me as much as she has. She is a diet coach, psychologist, friend, and life coach all in one. Suzanne gives you that tough love that you need to get through the diet regime, and it works wonders. I have my life back and it's all thanks to Suzanne!"
Cristina C. – Montreal, Canada
“My life with IBS was a daily struggle just to make it to the next day. Pain, medication, no answers and no hope that I would ever feel like a normal person again…. And then I met Suzanne online, purely by chance. It was one of the best things that could’ve happened. Here is someone who knows…. Someone like us that has been there and lived what we’ve lived. Someone who’s done the research and has the plan to help get your life back. I cannot stress enough how worth it this course has been and how much hope I now have that my future will be and can be kept pain free.”
Dawn Carseldine – New Zealand
“When I started the low Fodmap diet I was at my wits end. I was sick and tired of being bloated, feeling full and constipated all of the time and very demoralised about the poor professional help - in short I had had enough. After having an enema I was determined not to have that feeling again, thankfully the low Fodmap diet was suggested. After some research dieticians in the UK seemed misinformed - thankfully Suzanne fit the bill. It's been a very enlightening experience, within a couple of weeks I became more regular than I can ever remember -life changing! I can now see my feet, no longer looking 5 months pregnant, no more belly full of wind and to top it all lost a few pounds around my new found flatter stomach. When I saw the initial menu I thought I'd never find the time to implement it, but that thought was short lived. The results of the combination of weekly menus, 1-on-1 guidance, weekly on-line tips and exercises changed my life. I have always been a health conscious person who believed I was quite aware of what fuel my body required - I was so wrong. Now I have a different tool kit that better suits the job, I've been able to repair and rebuild a very sick body, improve my mind set and family life. Saying I'm grateful is an understatement. A big THANK YOU, Suzanne for sorting me out – great.”
- Sylvia Vincent - Texas, USA
“The Inspired Life Low Fodmap Coaching program was the solution I have been looking for ever since I was diagnosed with Crohn's disease. After trying many fad diets that claim they cure digestive inflammation, starting another one was very daunting for me. Suzanne helped me through every step of the diet with endless support. For the first time in my life I am not in pain after every meal and I feel more energized and healthy than ever before! She taught me how to create balanced meal plans that fit my very busy lifestyle, provided me with some amazing recipes, and gave me tips for managing the stress that makes my digestive issues worse.
I used to be afraid to eat so many foods and she showed me that I can have a lot more foods than I ever imagined. After 6 weeks I feel like I have all the weapons I need to tackle my digestive problems for the rest of my life! Suzanne's knowledge on how to incorporate this diet into your life is invaluable and I couldn't have done it without her.”
- Kellie Reidinger - New Jersey, USA
“The "Inspired Life" Low FODMAP 6 week coaching program was just what I needed to turn my life around and get my IBS under control, instead of the IBS controlling me. Suzanne's program was very easy to follow and the recipes were delicious. The cadence of the training was great to learn the various methods other than eating that were involved in controlling the IBS. I realized during the program that my highly stressful lifestyle was causing me to trigger my IBS. I've learned through the relaxation and meditation to take more deep breaths throughout the day and listen to the relaxation session. Suzanne was very responsive to my questions throughout the program. I wish I had known what FODMAPs were many years ago to save myself years of pain and frustration! Thanks Suzanne!!”
- Margaret Kneeland – Missouri City, USA.
“My I.B.S. problem has bothered me for over 30 years and deteriorated to the extreme over the last year. I think I had become so addicted to all the foods that didn't like me. I found it very hard to adopt the low fodmap food. The Low Fodmap diet founded by Dr Sue Shepherd was introduced to me by a local dietician. I found this to be very difficult. I didn't have enough support at the introduction stage, no one to communicate with when I was faced with bad reactions. This is when I found Suzanne online who was willing to help me. By following her menus, taking note of the advice and lots of communication, I slowly gained some control over my gut problem. Stress was a major problem which I hadn't realized. The introduction of exercise, relaxation, changing my sleep pattern, eating smaller meals and enjoying slightly bigger morning and afternoon snacks, along with a focus on myself for the specific 6 week program has helped me immensely to regain everything that I.B.S. had taken away from me. I can't thank Suzanne enough for her time, patience and support.”
- Judy Kemp – Western Australia
"Thank you again so much for all your care, help and support. I have found the course wonderful, educational and enlightening, and a definite inspiration to continue on with the Low FODMAP way of eating, to manage my IBS. You have given me so many recipes and ideas to keep it interesting and well balanced. And my tummy is very appreciative!
You’ve also given me the strength to be assertive about what I can eat and drink that agrees with my stomach, so your method of coaching and support is brilliant!"
- Yvette B – Australia
"I’d experienced stomach problems my entire life, but I’d always attributed them to poor diet: too many carbs, constant grazing, sugary drinks, and lots of coffee to “keep me going.” When I started eating Paleo years ago when doing CrossFit, I felt better and lost weight but I still wasn’t 100%. I had a lot of trouble sleeping. Then recently, my stomach went completely awry. Bloating I was used to, but this was 4-months-pregnant-bloating and daily acute stomach pain. After visits to two different gastroenterologists and a multitude of tests and procedures with negative results, no one had any answers. However, one of the GI doctors who diagnosed me with IBS suggested a low-FODMAP diet but he had no additional information on it -- he’d printed off the Internet! I tried to follow it myself and research online but all I could manage by myself was hard boiled eggs and low-carb popcorn because these were the only things that seemed to keep my stomach calm. This could not continue. I dropped weight quickly and tons of energy and lived in fear of going out to eat. During my online research, I found Suzanne’s blog, “Strands of My Life,” and noticed that she had a food coaching program. It was fantastic that she called me from New Zealand and that I was able to talk to her about my ongoing issues. I quickly realized that I wasn’t alone! After some convincing of my husband who realized how much I’d been struggling to find things to eat, I joined the program, and just the other day, he said that it was life-changing for me. Calm belly, calm mind! The program was amazing: the one-on-one calls, the group Q&As, and the daily meal plans all helped me to heal my gut and my stress over what to eat. Not being used to cooking since my husband is the chef in the family, I was daunted at first by the recipes, but they were all so delicious, I resolved not to eat out of a package or bag anymore, even if that package is a gluten-free package! Gluten-free foods can be highly processed too! Fresh food made such a difference for my mind and body and I finally understood what my trigger foods are! I’m no longer eating “blind” when I go out to restaurant and I’m making informed choices. Everyone in my family is on notice as well so when my husband cooks, he goes the low-FODMAP route as well and my picky kids enjoy the food (once they’ve been convinced to try new things! Suzanne is a fantastic resource and source of support for me during the process, cheering me on! I recommend the program highly, so if you’re thinking about it, just do it!"
- Rachel D – Texas, USA
"I have suffered from the symptoms of IBS for a number of years. The funny thing is you don’t realise the extent of your ‘suffering’ until you are feeling good and then you wonder why you didn’t do something much sooner! I have tried various diets in the past but my stomach seemed to react differently to food each time I ate, so I quickly became frustrated and gave up. Resigning myself to the fact that this would be something I’d just have to live with. Then I discovered the low FODMAP diet! I definitely recommend completing the six week program with Suzanne because you set yourself up to succeed with one-on-one guidance and advice on hand whenever you need it. At first, it was quite overwhelming starting a restrictive diet but I found the recipes I was given were really yummy and easy to prepare. This new lifestyle has been a huge learning curve for me and it still comes with its ups and downs as I discover what I can and can’t eat. But one thing I know for sure, is I’m feeling much happier and healthier than I used to and I think completing this program has been a great investment in my future."
- Natalie - New Zealand
"I am totally happy with how I have felt. I have been walking the dog without fear! Being fearless about going out is such a great feeling, I have been walking with confidence. Over the years I have noticed my freedom slipping away and losing the ability to be out doors has been a great loss to me. The freedom to be mobile again without fear is a prayer answered and so is this diet. I'm putting my health first which is a rarity. I want to make the most of my time with you and learn this diet the best I can. I haven't felt this good in years!"
- Sue E - St Paul, USA
"The six week course was worth every penny! When I started I had to keep a mental list of toilet locations in my head while driving. Now I have very few problems. The course is worth every penny! I am definitely miles ahead of where I was at the start. I would recommend this course to anyone!"
- Harvey - Massachusetts, USA
"Before beginning Suzanne Perazzini's Low-FODMAP coaching program, I was terribly frustrated and felt lousy on a daily basis. I had lost 12 pounds in the space of one month, was unable to eat much of anything without a serious disruption to my day. My body was depleted of vital nutrients and I was struggling to get through a typical day due to lack of energy and confusion.
Doctors had performed many tests, and, upon finding nothing out of the ordinary, told me that I had IBS and needed to learn to cope with it. I was offered drugs and they helped to a point, but I knew that I didn't want to rely on them. It was not until I did my own research and met Suzanne that I began to see any improvement in my health and happiness.
Suzanne is incredibly knowledgeable, available, and friendly. Her program is easy to follow in that it is highly organized. Meal plans are delivered well in advance to allow for planning and shopping, and they are flexible when it’s needed. Aside from this, Suzanne's program is focused on helping the client as a whole person and it addresses one's daily habits and lifestyle. This is essential to dealing with IBS effectively and Suzanne provides helpful exercises and tips to integrate healthy habits into her clients' lives.
Most of all, I was impressed with Suzanne's availability throughout the program. The 18 hour time difference did not affect her response time, nor did the cultural differences (there are bound to be a few of these between the continents). Suzanne is a true coach. She tells you what you need to hear when you need to hear it, but she also feels like a friend by the end of the journey.
Suzanne upholds her end of the deal as a wonderful Low-FODMAP coach, but be aware that as the client, you need to also be committed to the process. I got frustrated along the way and my symptoms did not completely resolve, but I saw major improvement and I would not have traded this experience for anything. Suzanne and her Low-FODMAP coaching program helped me with my IBS far more than any doctor. I will forever be grateful for this journey."
- Sarah - Texas, USA
"I have my health back and the tools to go on from here. IBS was controlling my activities and leaving me unsure of having a normal life. At first, I was skeptical about getting positive results from a diet and very hesitant of my abilities to make these meals as I am not a cook. My husband does all the cooking. I didn't have to wait long as my symptoms lessoned after the first week. I have completed the six weeks sticking to the diet and learning to cook in the process. I also have other tools as part of the program including relaxation techniques, exercises and eating healthy snacks twice a day in addition to my regular 3 meals a day.
This is an accomplished program. Well thought out, including many tasty recipes and beautifully illustrated. The end result is feeling incredible. Suzanne is just an email away to divert any questions and offer support. I highly recommend this program to anyone suffering from IBS."
- Betty - Minnesota, USA
"Suzanne, I want to thank you again for the enormous contribution your low FODMAP consulting has been in my life. When I started, my daily IBS pain was floating between 4 and 8 on a scale of 1 to 10, now it’s not unusual for me to go all day without anything more than a temporary 1/2 immediately after I eat a meal.
For example, on Saturday my wife and I took a 3-hour drive to the ocean. This is the first drive, beyond 45 minutes that I’ve taken in the last 2 years, and the only recreationally oriented drive beyond 15 minutes. We are planning additional trips. I have much more energy. I am working much more. I had a business lunch with a client last week and it went just fine. I could cry. Once again, from the bottom of my heart, let me thank you for the contribution you’ve been to our lives."
- Dave Williams - California, USA
"Suzanne, you are an amazing woman and I am in awe of you. I'm deeply grateful to who you are on this earth, not only about fodmaps but how you show up in our lives. You make a mighty difference to our world."
- Jenni - Melbourne, Australia
"With the weekly menu plans, the many delicious recipes, the follow up with a daily dairy page, the encouragement, tips and advice in mails and weekly phone calls made it so much easier to follow the elimination diet. During these 6 weeks, I also fully realized that not only what you eat, but also stress management, relaxation and daily exercises are very important when one has to cope with IBS. And this approach makes the program quite unique.
And last but not least, it was great to be symptom free at the end, so thank you Suzanne!"
- Jean - Belgium
"I would eat and feel uncomfortable. The IBS symptoms increased in regularity and I would get bad stomach cramps once a month. They were bad enough for me to lie in bed all day or be awake most of the night. I was desperate to do anything that would help. Suzanne’s meal plans were great because they told me exactly what I should eat for every meal. After day one of being on the program, I felt much better. I was amazed how quickly it worked. I have not had any major IBS symptoms in the four months since starting the Low Fodmaps Diet to the time of writing this Testimonial. I am a new man!"
- Ed - Dorchester, England
"Suzanne has helped me change my life! I have had IBS all my life. I remember when I was younger, people told me I just had a "nervous stomach". As I got older and my symptoms became worse, I was diagnosed with IBS. I have tried everything from fiber supplements to prescription medication. Nothing worked. It only masked the symptoms. Now that I have gone through Suzanne's program, I am managing my symptoms, and I feel better than I have in years!! Thank you Suzanne! I praise God for sending her into my life!"
- Susanne - Indiana, USA