I am writing this testimonial for anyone who has ever struggled with digestive issues and been too scared or embarrassed to truly get to the root of the problem. For years, I suffered daily from everything from abdominal discomfort to heartburn to excessive bloating. I really didn’t know what it felt like to truly feel well; daily discomfort had become my norm, and so I just accepted it. After finally being diagnosed with IBS, I was hopeful that I had found the solution to my problem. Unfortunately, there isn’t a cure for IBS, so managing it really is all about a treatment plan.
I tried several rounds of various prescription meds, only to find myself with side effects terrible enough to completely negate any potential upside. I was frustrated, discouraged, and still feeling miserable. Then I called Andrew. I’d be the first to admit that I was skeptical. I was exercising regularly and had healthy eating habits, so I wasn’t convinced that a dietician could fix my problems.
Thankfully, I could not have been more wrong! Andrew took the time, effort and consideration to thoroughly assess my symptoms and pain points. By the time I made it home from my first appointment, I had a customized meal plan waiting for me in my in-box. I needed to be patient, but Andrew was honest with me that I’d likely need to work through some trial and error in order to figure this out. I could tell immediately that he was 100% committed to finding the right treatment plan for me – he was able to engage and motivate me to do the same, which was huge.
At first, we took a less restrictive approach, which was great because it meant it was easier for me to implement and maintain the necessary changes. Slowly but surely, I started to notice small wins in how I felt. Andrew partnered with me to identify what was and wasn’t working – one by one, we starting eliminating symptoms by adjusting the foods in my diet.
Andrew taught me a few basic things. I wasn’t drinking enough water given my activity levels, and I definitely wasn’t eating enough good, healthy fats. Over time, we learned that I responded incredibly well to a low FODMAP diet. I know, I had never heard of it either. Many people suffering from IBS have difficulty digesting certain types of carbohydrates. Andrew helped me to identify my “trigger foods” so that I could reduce their prevalence in my diet. The crazy part is that many of them are healthy foods for those who aren’t sensitive to FODMAPs, so I never would have thought to cut them out on my own. I needed an expert to point me in the right direction. Andrew and his team at Case Specific Nutrition are those experts, and they can be for you, too.
If you’ve read this far, it means you’re thinking about calling for a consult – do it! In partnership with Andrew, I went from barely being able to get myself out the door in the morning to running the Chicago Marathon without digestive distress! I could write an entirely different testimonial on that, but for now, I’ll leave you with one final thought. Working with Andrew completely restored the positive quality of life that I had been lacking for 10+ years. You deserve the same for yourself. Let Andrew and his team help you by scheduling your consult today.