You're life revolves around your IBS.
You plan out what to wear to cover your bloated stomach, before going anywhere you need to consider where the nearest toilet is and you battle with constant fatigue.
You may have tried a sugar free / gluten free / dairy free diet.
You've even shelled out for probiotics, but nothing works.
Your symptoms are stopping you from living life like 'everyone else'.
You wake up in the morning with a flat stomach and choose what you want to wear.
You feel organised and in control - you have loads of time to prioritse a healthy breakfast.
At work, you feel energised and focused. Using the bathroom just like everyone else.
If you have a meeting - you plan your meal in as usual, there are no issues.
On your way home from work, you go to the gym or go for walk to wind down from your day.
You look forward to the dinner which you organised at the weekend. You love the taste of that meal and can't wait to get home and cook it for your partner.
In the evening, you decide to take 10 minutes to relax in your own space - either reading or meditating.
When you finally hit the bed, you sleep like a baby and wake up at 7am the next day, filled with energy, to go again.
At the weekend, you go for dinner with friends - they have chosen the resturant and you can't wait try a new place.
You also use some of your free time to take a new yoga class.
Your relationship with your partner, friends and family is good. You don't snap at them and have plenty of quality time and energy for them.
Hi! I am Kirsten Jackson BSc Hons MD mBDA RD - a consultant gastroenterology dietitian.
I have been extensively trained in the area of digestive health: I have a degree in dietetics, official training in the low FODMAP diet from Kings College London and also have masters level qualifications in food allergy.
I first started having digestive problems during university. I would be constantly bloated and tired, never going to the toilet 'normally' and also suffered with brain fog.
But, it wasn't 'that bad' and I easily found reasons as to why I was feeling like this. When I finally went to my doctor with my symptoms, they just said it was stress and that I should learn to manage that better.
4 years went by and I finally got all the correct tests and a diagnosis. This experience was what initially interested me in this area of dietetics - how can diet affect digestive symptoms SO much?!
Unfortunatley, the story continues. Because, while I working in the NHS, I realised that their service did not match up with the level of support needed to support an individual in achieving symptom relief.
Dissappointed with the lack of services available for people with digestive problems. I decided to set up my own company in 2015 - The Food Treatment Clinic.
This service provided indiviudals with that 110% support and guidance they required - indiviudalised care based on science.
Through my unique approach, I was able to get a 91% success rate in symptom relief - unheard of in Irritable Bowel Syndrome.
And, this year I transformed my proven system into an online coaching programme.
"I have been working with Kirsten for a couple of months now to reduce my IBS symptoms and understand where they come from. Kirsten is working with me through the FODMAP diet and for the first time in years I have been able to be nearly symptom free.
Kirsten has been really useful in explaining what I can/can’t do, answering questions and helping with support along the way. I am still going through the re-introduction phase which brings its own challenges with interpreting results and Kirsten is helping me to make sense of this. So if you need help with IBS or other symptoms I would definitely recommend Kirsten."
"I started working with Kirsten in April this year after being diagnosed with IBS, and am now coming to the end of the FODMAP reintroduction stage. I found the FODMAP diet quite a complex process, and whilst I would have got my head around the do’s and don’t’s eventually, I really think I wouldn’t have been able to make such positive progress without Kirsten’s help, advice and support – and she gave lots.
I am now pretty much symptom-free, and have barely had tummy ache since starting (it was once an almost constant consequence to most meals). I have been able to reintroduce most FODMAP groups, and I feel really glad to be in a position of informed choices, for which I’m very grateful for Kirsten’s input.
It was especially helpful how Kirsten gave me bite-size goals to work on each week which built up over time – being a bit of an all-or-nothing person, I think this has meant I’ve been able to make a lifestyle change which might have not otherwise happened! So big big thanks!"
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