"For years and years, I went to naturopaths, dieticians, nutritionists, health centres and my own GP to find answers to lifelong IBS problems. Anne Smith - Sydney, Australia
I am now 50 years old and have suffered with IBS for all of my life, sometimes worse than other times. I had been given concoctions and tonics and medication and diets to use and nothing helped. My GP and other doctors’ favourite things to say were, “Here take this Metamucil and you will be fine” or “Have you tried probiotics?” which I would in the early days so no... and I tried everything. Nothing ever worked, nothing ever got rid of my symptoms of feeling sick and bloated and in pain and not being able to go to the toilet for days, lots of days sometimes.
Then, after feeling sick for too long and also dealing with menopause which I am pretty sure makes it worse, I decided to google away and discovered a thing called FODMAPs It was saying that certain food components cause the bowel to distend by drawing in more fluid and rapidly generating gas when they are fermented by the bowel bacteria..... I thought yes, so I wondered what these FODMAPs were and what did it mean... so I googled more and came across Suzanne’s website “Strands of my life”.
From that moment my eyes were opened up to information I had never heard before and I was amazed. For example, no dietician or nutritionist had ever said, “No onions or garlic” to me ever. With this new found information, I emailed Suzanne and started on my journey to a better non-IBS life.
Suzanne has so much to offer via her website, but it wasn’t until I took the next step of enrolling in her 6-week program that I knew I had come to the right place. Not only does Suzanne give you step-by-step instructions on what to eat and what not to eat, she also teaches you when to eat those foods and how much of them you can or can’t eat. This program is very in-depth and by keep diary entries of everything I did on a daily basis helped me even more.
The added bonus of Suzanne’s program was the homework task each week from drinking 8 glasses of water a day to meditation, family time, exercise etc. All of these skills were just another way of making sure my life was on track. Suzanne, I could have never done it on my own as I am the type of person that needs reassurance so, with your fun, chatty and serious (at times) but very encouraging weekly phone calls and regular emailing, I was able to deal with this better and I thank you so much for that.
So, once again, thank you so much for all your help and guidance. I am so excited to feel so much better and to have learnt so much and I carry it into my everyday life now.
I have recommended you and your website to all of my friends that struggle with IBS, and tell them what I know now - don’t waste another day struggling with this.
We only have one life, so we need to go live it, to the fullest – pain-free."