Restoring taste and smell
G. came to see me because she had lost all her sense of taste and smell. While it was only annoying at first, one day she accidentally served rotten chicken to her daughter. She knew then, she needed to do something about it.
Out of options
Unfortunately, there’s no pill than can be taken for it, so her GP was limited in how they could help. G. came to me for help.
I didn’t know if I could help right away, but I knew loss of sense of smell can be a sign of Zinc deficiency. Naturally, G. was very sceptical about whether the kind of food she ate could have anything to do with her condition, but she agreed to give it a go as she had no other option.
Identifying the issues
From asking her a few questions, I identified other digestive issues which all suggested nutrient deficiencies. As she could no longer taste her food anymore either, her diet was quite simple. G. was eating only for “fuel”.
Together, we cleaned up G.’s diet, moving away from processed and sugary food, towards more real, healthier foods.
Noticing the difference
Within a short period of time, G. started to notice a small difference. This gave her the motivation to keep going.
This is what G. wrote in her testimonial for me:
“Going to Ilona and Right Food 4U was possibly the best thing I could ever
Ilona has helped me to change my eating habits which has not only helped me to get my sense of smell and taste back but it has also made me feel great!
Ilona is a fantastic role model, her advice is practical and effective and investing in myself and my body has been the best investment that I could have ever made!
Thank you Ilona!”
Eating the right foods is so powerful
Food is so much more than just calories and fuel. You need to feed your body the right nutrients that it needs to function properly.
G. did my 4-week Reboot program.
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Tackling high cholesterol
N. made use of the free 20-min discovery chat that I offer, every Monday at Roche’s pharmacy in Bray.
Out of options
She asked me how I could help with her high cholesterol (8.1). As she does tolerate the statin medication, she knew the only option she had was to change her
However, she had seen a dietician 3 years ago and was told to just switch from full fat cheese to cottage cheese.
N. hates cottage cheese and it was enough to put her off “healthy eating”.
Feeling the difference
She agreed however to give my 9-week program a go. We made some small initial changes, and after just one week she reported that she already had better energy levels.
This extra energy gave her the motivation to start cooking again, from scratch! From there, things just kept getting better.
When we completed the 9-week program, I asked her if the program met her expectations. This was N.’s response:
“Yes, and way more than what I expected.”
Feeling the results
We went on to compare her original health assessment with how she felt after the program and listed any noticeable improvements:
- far more energy
- highly motivated to eat better
- not feeling deprived at all
- sleeping better
- better mood, and state of mind
- got loads of things done that had been put on hold
- far less use of her asthma inhaler
- had a dose of chest infection but no way near as bad as she would usually get in the winter
- no stomach cramps at all, which used to be a frequent occurrence
- pain under her ribcage is gone
- strong smell in urine is gone
- fingernails have become stronger, they used to chip easily
- cravings for cheese is completely gone
- hasn’t had alcohol (voluntarily!)
N. will have her cholesterol checked again in 3 month’s time, so we will see the results in the blood tests. But she has no doubt that she will continue to stay on track. She feels empowered, and has the tools and motivation to do so.
Health & Lifestyle Transformation
N. has been on my 9-week Health & Lifestyle Transformation programme.
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Dealing with health issues
J. found my facebook page and arranged an appointment for a 20-min discovery call.
Something had to change
She was struggling with Chronic Fatigue, Fibromyalgia and Reflux. She was unable to eat nearly anything. Everything just seemed to cause her pain.
She was confused by what is supposed to be healthy. She had no energy to prepare food herself and relied on ready made meals, trying to make the best possible choices.
Being in constant pain prevented J. from exercising much. Since her illness she had been constantly gaining weight, and felt she wasn’t getting much from her life anymore.
She barely had enough energy to get to work, and needed to sleep at least for 12 hours a day. Something had to change.
J. decided to go on my 9-week programme during which we were continuously in touch via email and sms in between the appointments.
Together we identified the foods that J. could tolerate and we worked on creating a routine and a food plan that she was able to implement.
Taking baby-steps was essential. Things like trying out new recipes were sometimes just too much, especially when J. had flare-ups.
Noticing the improvements
But little tips such as on-line shopping, made already a huge difference. She now feels she has a much better understanding of what foods are good for her.
J. is very happy to have finally found foods that she can actually tolerate and still enjoy. She is happy to have found a routine that works around her lifestyle, because she works a lot in the evenings. She definitely has more energy now.
Still a ways to go
J. knows she still has a long path ahead of her to heal from this debilitating disease, but eating foods that are nutritious and reduce inflammation in her body is supporting her on her healing journey.
Complete Health & Lifestyle Restoration
J. has started on my 9-week Complete Health & Lifestyle Restoration programme.
If you are struggling with your health, why not take advantage of a free 20-minute discovery chat and see if I can help you.
Reducing blood sugar
Coinciding with lent, I gave a talk at the local library with the title “Are you addicted to sugar?” and got a really good response. The question resonated with Deirdre, who is diabetic, but didn’t have her blood sugars under control and was frequently tempted by sweets, even though she knew it wasn’t good for her. She found many of the points I mentioned in the talk very useful and they applied to her.
Having tried several diets and blaming herself for “failing”, she did not really want to try out yet another diet. I was starting a small group and as I got a last minute cancellation, I gave her a call to see if she’d be interested. Deirdre said immediately yes. She made a huge contribution to the group and shared a lot of stories of how her sugar cravings often just took over. As we were only 5 women in the group, everyone felt safe to share their stories, and each story motivated the others as well. We met on 3 evenings during which I shared my principles for healthy eating, some low GL recipes and very practical tips to stay on track.
It is not “rocket science” really, but it’s all about the right motivation, and understanding the reasons behind each of the suggestions as well. Most of us know what’s good for us and what’s not, but implementing this in our daily lives is where we often fall down. Especially, as we are surrounded by sugar-laden, highly processed foods, and also a culture of either being “on a diet” or not.
I was particularly delighted that Deirdre that she managed to stay off sugar, especially because it is so important for her to have her diabetes under control to avoid future health implications. Today, 3 weeks off sugar, she wrote me this lovely testimonial, and what I found particularly interesting to read was that her sugars which have been constantly high in the past few years have now come down by more than half. It can be done. I have seen diabetes being reversed over and over again in my years working for Dr. Eva Orsmond.
If you have diabetes and have trouble getting your blood sugars under control, please do contact me.
It’s much more than just about weight loss!
Zoe (name changed) came to see me because “she was just fed up with her weight”. In our first session, she admitted that she tried so many diets before only to stay on them for about 2 weeks and then fall off again. She also told me that her mother already told her that she was “fat” and that she wouldn’t be able to lose weight. These are some very deep-rooted beliefs that are very hard to break through in adult life. I felt that she was already setting herself up for more failure. “See, I tried it and it didn’t work again!” So, the first two weeks went well, but there was no shift on the scales and Z. was ready to give up.
“What’s the point on being on a “diet” if I don’t lose weight? And when I eat whatever I want, I don’t put on more weight either?”
We went through various coaching tools, such as Wellness Vision, Circle of Life, Progress Trackers, Motivational rewards and many more, and Zoe began to notice more and more what was really important to her in her life and what has been holding her back in the past.
She managed to embrace the new eating habits, simply because they made her feel good in herself. She began to accept her body more and felt more comfortable to go clothes shopping again. She feels that she has more energy and feels more positive when she is eating well. Also, she realised that on the few days when she did have slips that she felt awful.
Here are parts of the email she sent me recently:
“I am doing great, totally enjoying food, not even wanting the bad stuff
and when I was away at the weekend I was able to make good choices. It makes such a difference to understand which foods are good for me and why. I have started a journal but haven’t been great at keeping a food diary but I am noting what I am eating and know when I am on or off course. The thinking about the way I talk to myself is also working brilliantly and actually yesterday I started the mindfulness course on self-esteem which I am looking forward to doing every day.
… I also went clothes shopping and it was so much better than a few weeks ago and I bought a few lovely things when I wasn’t being so critical about myself. I was also conscious of our conversation about support.
I can’t thank you enough for the difference all of this has made to my life!”
To me, this is a success! Her weight-loss might not have been as much as she had hoped for, but she stuck it for the full 9 weeks and did not – as in previous attempts – give up after 2 weeks. She embraced the process and is seeing the benefits the changes have made to her life and to her confidence.
You too can change your life and feel more confident and energetic. You too can learn to implement easy tips on healthy eating and create new habits that will last much longer than an 8-week-program.
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Success Story – Diabetes reversed
I want to say immediately that I can’t take credit for this client’s success. However, what he achieved within 2 months is too important not to share.
I saw D. last year for a 20-min consultation, but he wasn’t in the right space to make changes, he knew his lifestyle was not the way it should be, he was drinking regularly, he drank a lot of sugary drinks and every time he pulled into a petrol station he would buy something sweet. He usually eats out and used to often have take-aways. He does some cooking at home as long it is not too complicated. He runs his own company which is demanding, even though he does not perceive it as stressful. He has some stress in other aspects of his life though.
He contacted me again in May and told me that he had been diagnosed with diabetes in April and had gone on the ketogenic diet straight after his diagnosis.
His HbA1c which measures your blood sugar over a 3 months period was 104, the normal range is between 20-42! His ferritin (iron) was also high at 1344, and so were his liver enzymes.
His GP wanted him to take metformin (the initial diabetes drug which is usually given as soon as someone is diagnosed, even though the instructions from the manufacturer actually clearly says that it should only be prescribed once diet and lifestyle changes have not worked!). Metformin did not agree with him as it caused him blurred vision, so with the agreement of his GP and his promise to follow the ketogenic diet, he did not take any medication.
Two months later and his blood test shows that his HbA1c is down to 46! And his ferritin was down as well and his liver enzymes within the normal range. Despite following the ketogenic diet during which he increased his fat intake, his overall cholesterol came down slightly but more importantly his HDL (the “good” one) came up, and his triglycerides came down from 2.3 to 1.4 (and they should ideally be below 1!).
His GP could not believe what he saw and has never seen anything like this before.
When I worked in Orsmond Clinics, I have seen many cases reduce their HbA1c drastically without medication, but to be honest, I don’t remember a case as drastic as this. D. is very determined to get this under control and he came to see me, to make sure that he follows the Keto diet in a healthy and sustainable manner and to get the motivation to keep going.
For many people, the thought of reducing the carbohydrates drastically can sound like a “death sentence”. Is life worth living without bread, cakes, and pasta? What is the alternative? To constantly have to worry about your blood sugars going to high or too low, with low energy, low mood, nausea, and weight gain? Having to deal with all the potential side effects of diabetes medication and accepting that it is a “progressive” disease? Having to potentially face all the health implications associated with unregulated and constantly high blood sugar, such as limb amputations and loss of sight, and the risk of heart attack or stroke?
In German “Diabetes” is called “Sugar disease”, and that’s exactly what it is, it is a disease where your body cannot handle sugar anymore. And therefore, you need to remove sugar from your diet.
And it is not as difficult as it might seem, with the right guidance! It is not about deprivation, it is about nourishing your body with the right foods. If you feel positive about making a change, you will find it easy – like anything else in life.
D. has decided to stay on the ketogenic diet and I am helping him to make sure that he is doing it in a healthy way, by not just reducing carbs and protein, and increasing good fats, but also by encouraging him to eat more vegetables and more fish, and getting some nutrients and herbal support through the right supplements.
Anyone can reverse diabetes! Do not believe if a GP is trying to tell you that it is a progressive disease that can only be managed with medication!
If you are at risk of or if you have diabetes or know someone with diabetes, please avail of a free 20-minute consultation with me to get started with some small changes.