Hi, I’m Helen,
As a single mum in my late 30’s with a very young child, I was trying to earn a living doing what I loved, while working from home so that I could be with my son.
However, with very little support, it was a really stressful time of my life. I mostly relied on coffee and sugar to get me through the day and wine in the evening for stress relief.
I’d struggled with digestive symptoms and gut issues for many years (bloating, pain, constipation, food intolerances, as well as stress, low mood, and lethargy) without even really knowing what was causing it. Sometimes I would be doubled over in pain.
My gut symptoms seemed to be getting worse, and while I noticed that removing wheat from my diet seemed to help, I was still getting symptoms even without wheat. I noticed that the pain and discomfort could come after eating sugar, fruit, or after drinking alcohol.
I was diagnosed with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) but was told by my doctor that there was nothing they could do to help me.
I was finally drawn to study a degree in nutrition to try to get to the bottom of my health problems, with the hope of a healthier, more positive future. I’d always loved cooking and healthy food, so it felt like the right thing to do.
Unfortunately, due to multiple responsibilities at the time, and being ridiculously stressed, I knew that I was doing too much. So I sold my business and focused on studying with a part-time job.
Stress was still a big factor, but I was driven to finish my course.
Many years of study later, and now a registered nutritionist, I have learnt that the key to solving my gut health issues was multi-faceted, which required a holistic approach, more than just dietary changes.
I was doing too much, and I've learned to slow down and listen to my body.
Using stress reduction techniques to manage the demands of family and working life, while eating a healthy balanced diet, and including adequate exercise, has gone a long way towards helping me to reach my ultimate health goals.
I am now mostly symptom-free, as long as I don’t stray too far from my healthy lifestyle. I love being able to inspire others to also find freedom from their symptoms.