Gail & Sandra
Hi, I’m Sandra and I live in Little Fransham, 20 miles from Norwich in Norfolk
Hi my name’s Gail, I live in Fakenham just outside of Fakenham 😉 …which is about an hour away from Norwich but in Norfolk anyway 🙂
I had been diagnosed with fibromyalgia and I’d been having a lot of problems with my body, my diet and my movement in my body for 3 and 1/2 years and continually for 3 and 1/2 years I’ve been given different tablets and painkillers…I was at my wits end; my mobility wasn’t there, I wasn’t able to do too much, I had to give up work. So…I decided I was at my wits end I needed some help!
Mine’s very similar as well, I didn’t have fibromyalgia but I was diagnosed with an underactive thyroid…so eventually I was really gaining weight; swollen ankles, a lot of swelling and inflammation and I just felt I needed support as well. Sandra my twin sister was going along to one of your sessions and I just thought I’d go along as well.
I was diagnosed a year later after Gail with underactive thyroid, with the auto-immune disease so we were both at the same stage in our that our lives had come to a halt really, it was crumbling so that’s when it all started!
I think I recognised in myself before the workshop that it was my diet; I was very sluggish and felt worse in my body and the pain in my body got worse after I was eating. I thought coming to the workshop that maybe you could help me and that you could help me identify an area where I needed to look at my diet and see what I was eating, that’s where it all started for me!
I knew that it wasn’t the quantity I was eating, so it made me question “is it what I’m eating that’s wrong for me”??
So you instructed us for the first 6 weeks to do various things; like go gluten free and dairy free, on top of that I couldn’t have potatoes, pasta, rice, mushrooms…there were various things and you gave us a list of all the foods we could eat. I completely changed my cupboards, completely changed my diet and did exactly what you said, because you said to me “I guarantee in 6 weeks time that you will be pain free”. I thought…I would have to do this 100% to make sure that either you were right or you were wrong!! …within 4 weeks I could run down the road! 🙂
I’ll be honest with you… I was slightly sceptical really, but I thought, you know what, I’m going to give it a go!…it’s our last shot really, we’ve tried everything else and… the weight just fell off and the energy levels came back – brilliant!! 🙂
Sandra and Gail
It’s completely changed our lives!! 🙂
We’ve both gone back to work!! I had to give up work 2 years ago because my body was that bad! I haven’t taken a pill/tablet for 6-8 weeks…so much more energy and we’re looking forward to the future and a life of being pain free to be honest. The weight is secondary, but…the weight is just falling off! I put on 3 stone in 2 years because of the under active thyroid but it has completely changed everything!
The energy has come back all of a sudden, what we were lacking in the last couple of years……it’s made a massive change to our lifestyle definitely!
We could never go back to how we ate before!
What have you got to lose…, what have you got to lose…you’ve got so much to gain and that’s the main thing really! You’ve got so much more to gain than you have to lose…just brilliant!
What I would say is you’ve just got to go for it, try it for the 6 weeks, go for it, give it everything. What the instructions are given, make sure you follow them and you will be a totally different person in 6 weeks! I never, ever thought that in a million years that I would be sitting here saying it 🙂
I will say one thing though…it’s very hard with other people around you; trying to get you to drink the alcohol, “ooh eat this, it’s only a little bit”… but all those little bits all in a week really add up so don’t even go there!…you just have to politely say “no, I’m sorry it’s not good for my health…I can’t do that anymore…it’s not good for me!” You have to be strong, you get a lot of pressure, pressure from people.
I think with doctors, nothing against doctors…they don’t have the time, but I can honestly say now it’s what we eat that makes us how we are; it’s not the pills, it’s not you’ve got an illness, it’s what we eat!…I can see that now and I can feel it!
We’re very happy…it’s all down to you!! 🙂 …and also down to Al, my friend …she saw that I was in a really desperate state and she said “I think I’ve got somebody who can help you!” It is down to diet…no not diet, it’s down to the food that we eat it’s what we are!
I can’t believe as well that I haven’t got cravings for certain foods…I thought if I’m going to reduce the intake or whatever ,I’m going to get lots of cravings. The sugar levels drop anyway, because you’re not having sugar, so you don’t get the craving, which is fantastic because that’s what really pulls you apart because you keep getting cravings and you need to quickly eat
Because we eat so much more now, than we ever did before…I never used to eat a lot before and yet the weight was just piling on. Now I eat so much more vegetables and different vegetables that I hadn’t even heard of that I had to go and investigate in the supermarkets
It’s been 8 weeks so far in total and we’ve lost both of us 2 inches off our waist to start with!
4 inches on the chest, 2 inches on the waist, 3 inches across my hips 1 1/2 inches on the top of my arms
Even the ankles, my ankles have gone down
This is a lifestyle change now, we will never ever go back to what we ate before, because all the foods you buy, the processed foods from the supermarkets, it really makes me wonder what’s in them.
We make all our own now, all the Gluten free and the dairy free…it’s easily out there and it is accessible so there’s no excuse to say it’s not there I can’t find it…it’s there!
Please just do it, do it for 6 weeks and you will not believe the change in yourself, just do it for 6 weeks, 100% just do it!!…Do it for your health, do it for yourself, not for anyone else …just you!! 🙂
Hi my name’s Lucy and I have been on Frances Carroll’s program for about 6 1/2 weeks now.
Before I found Frances and the reason I was looking for someone like her was because I’m 34 now and since I was 19 I’ve literally spent the last 15 years trying but failing to become the size and the weight I want to be. I was never massively overweight but always about a stone and a half too heavy and tried every diet and every different gym routine. I go to the gym a lot, I eat healthily, I was doing all the things that I thought were the right things but still carrying about a stone and a half of excess weight and feeling very, very frustrated about it. I also had really low energy levels, I had a lot of trouble getting up in the morning etc, etc.
So I discovered Frances and after working together to be honest my life has changed! Everything is different now and I have never, ever, ever been so enlightened about how my body works and how in my opinion we have been lied to in the Health & Fitness Industry; because all the things that I thought were the right things to do in terms of what to eat, what not to eat, going to the gym and doing exercise were completely wrong! Frances has completely reeducated me.
Which means in the last 6 1/2 weeks I have lost over a stone, I have dropped almost 6% body fat, I was a big size 8, now I’m a size 6 easily! Everything is work better, I really, honestly, truly believe that she is the best kept secret in the Weight Loss, Fitness Industry…by the way I lost all of that weight and did all of that stuff only going to the gym just once a week just to do a bit of gentle stretching, so not even with exercise involved!
So the results I’ve been getting are amazing!…I would highly recommend Frances to anyone!…I think already 4 or 5 people I know have started working with Frances simply because of the change they’ve seen in me. The results are so fast, everyone tells you; you can’t lose weight that fast, that it’s not healthy to lose weight that fast, but the truth is I’ve never felt healthier!
So she takes a completely different approach to weight loss, she’s extremely knowledgeable. I think the program is extraordinarily reasonably priced, so if you’re thinking about working with Frances I would do it now before she puts her prices up; because for what she knows and the results she can get she’s actually undercharging!
If you’re feeling frustrated and you’ve tried everything there is to try like I had and you think you’re a healthy person and you just can’t work out why you can’t get to be the size and shape you want to be you definitely need to go and work with Frances because that’s exactly where I was… doing all the right things, but not getting the right results.
She’s literally changed my life!…she’s a really nice person to boot!…she is literally Weight Loss’s best kept secret!
Hi my name is Eunice, I’ve been working with Frances now for just about 3 months.
I first came to Frances because over the last few years I had been gradually putting on more weight and finding that with stress of daily life with working different jobs, I found that weight just gradually just crept on over a period of time. One minute I was one size, the next minute 3/4 of my wardrobe didn’t fit! I was exercising a lot, I was eating very healthily…I thought I knew everything there was to know about healthy eating and nutrition. I’d read all the diet books and I’d done various different things and I just found it really, really frustrating.
So I came to Frances because I had a few friends who had done the program with her and they’d had amazing results. I was a little nervous because I wondered whether I would have the same commitment or whether maybe I just needed to accept that as I was getting older, that I was just going to have to accept that weight was going to come on.
I had a chat with Frances and followed her nutrition plan and within the first 5 weeks I had lost 21 lbs! I then had that big hiccup of going away for 3 weeks overseas and I then thought that I would crash and burn!…I came back and found out I’d only put on about 2 or 3 lbs…went back on the program and I’ve now continued to lose another 4 lbs!
I have continued to work with Frances and doing this has altered my perception of nutrition completely!…Everything that I had learnt I feel I need to unlearn and she has changed my life!
I feel amazing! …My energy levels are through the roof!…My sleep is better!…I move better and I just feel better!…she’s been an absolute miracle!
The support I got from Frances and the Coaches has been wonderful and that has helped me stick to my plan and whenever I got stressed I could get in touch and feel supported, so I was really comforted by that.
Frances is awesome!…if you are in a similar boat and anything I say rings true for you, then I would say jump on it! Find Frances and talk to her and get her to help you make that change and you will see results, there’s no two ways about it! I was the ultimate sceptic but proof is in the pudding…and I can even eat the pudding 😉
It’s been amazing and with no exercise, no crazy cardio classes, no 15 classes a week and all of that. I teach 3 classes a week; none of it cardio, or high impact and my weight has still come off.
So yes Frances has changed my life for the better and it’s been awesome! 🙂
Hi my name is Ann-See and I would like to share with you the results and the experience I’ve had with Frances Carroll.
Over a year ago in January 2015, I decided to start exercising a lot more, because with my job in the Fitness Industry and yoga I had cut back on a lot of my fitness training prior to that, for different reasons, but anyway I decided to start exercising again and I started to experience a lot of joint pain; I wasn’t injured but I was just aching constantly, it wasn’t muscular it was joint ache. To cut a long story short, kind of over a few months I discovered I was probably going through Perimenopause and so I looked at all the different options and I wasn’t sure if diet change could help me. I’m vegan and was already eating pretty clean and whole foods but despite that I thought why not…I’ll give Frances a call…she came highly recommended and I already knew her through the Business Coaching environment I was in at the time.
So we had a conversation and Frances was pretty sure she could help me, so I decided to go for it!
I will say the first 2 days was really tough but I stuck with it and then aside from the first 2 days we then carried on with a pretty strict diet plan, where I think, if we didn’t have the ongoing support of a Coach by Skype calls I probably would have dropped it. I don’t think I would have stuck with it because it was pretty rigid. I did that for about 4 months, I stuck religiously to the diet.
I will say that within the first week my Perimenopause symptoms went. My hot flushes disappeared, my joint pain disappeared and my bloating disappeared all within a week! So it was partly that reason that I carried on during the 3-4 month period, but also because of the Skype calls with a Coach, it kind of kept me on track and kept me going.
Now it’s coming up to almost a year since I started with Frances, my symptoms are still managed, despite the fact them I’m probably much looser with my diet but I was actually on plan.
I think Frances is fantastic and if you do have any health concerns or even if you’re going through the Perimenopause she is well worth speaking to at some point – give her a call! 🙂
Before I started working with Frances I was really hitting rock bottom. My life was
difficult; I had IBS symptoms, I had joint pains, I was just steadily putting on more
and more weight and couldn’t work out why because I ate really clean, I was really
healthy with what I was eating.
I had contacted some other people about my nutrition before, to check that I wasn’t
doing something really silly as to why I was putting on weight! It was distressing for
me as a Fitness Instructor; this is what I do as my daily life, I was supposed to be a
role model and really look the part! I just felt terrible! I was slowly lacking in
motivation, I just didn’t really know where to turn or what to do next.
I came across Frances through a friend of mine, she gave me a brief outline of how
Frances had helped her and how Frances had done a specific plan for her that
wasn’t just for losing weight; that wasn’t what she was interested in, it was really
more to do with health issues. At that time I was going to the hospital; I had several
hospital appointments for the IBS symptoms, because I knew it wasn’t just IBS; I
couldn’t put it down to being just IBS, I wasn’t ready to accept that…I knew there
was something more going on inside…I was convinced that it was allergies!
So after several hospital appointments; that weren’t particularly pleasant and were
very invasive, it came to the point where I had a conversation with the consultant
that I thought that it was allergies…I could be allergic to different foods that I’d
encountered and mainly the deadly nightshade family, which he’d never even heard
of! I just couldn’t believe it!
I then thought, I really to do something about this, I can’t carry on, these hospital
appointments aren’t going to help! So going by my friend I contacted Frances, I
couldn’t go on any longer, I had a chat with her over the phone and she was very
friendly and I just felt like I needed to do this! There was no way out, there was no
way forward…I was spending most of my time in pain crippled over!
I wasn’t quite sure what to expect to be honest; where it was going to go, if I could
stick to the plan, how difficult it was going to be because I’m very good with the way
that I eat. I was good with cooking; so what I still wanted to be able to do was use
my own ingredients, my own artistic integrity, but then I would have to follow some
plan. I’ve never done anything like Weight Watchers or Slimming World or anything
like that! As a fitness professional it kind of goes against the grain for me so I had
to give it a go, I couldn’t wait any longer! Something had to break… something had
to change in my life, drastically or I wasn’t really sure where to go next!
Since I’ve worked with Frances my life has changed so, so much! I’m no longer
crippled over in pain, I don’t have any IBS symptoms anymore! I’ve lost a stone and
a half since starting the plan so my weight has gone down! I’m nice and steady
where I am at the moment, I’d like to lose a few more pounds but I’ll keep working
with the plan and keep working with Frances…it’s going really, really well, I couldn’t
be happier! I don’t have any pains in my joints anymore, I’m sleeping better!
Working with a coach, you get to have that one to one conversation; you get to be
able to get a little bit deeper into why things are happening with you, what’s going
on in your life and how the diet is working for you.
I’m really pleased with the results, I cold be happier to be honest. To be able to go
into a class again, without panicking that I’m going to need the toilet, without feeling
bloated and uncomfortable…it’s just such a difference in my life! I feel happier; I feel
slimmer, more confident, my skin condition has improved. Everyone around me
has noticed how much better I look and how much better I am within myself!
You don’t realise how much things affect you until you take a step back away from
it. Sometimes you live with your aches, your pains, sometimes you live with it and
just accept that, that’s the way it’s going to be from now on! It really doesn’t have to
be that way!…You can change!
There’s a lot to be said for your diet, there’s a lot that happens internally that you’ve
got no idea about!.
I’m really pleased that I worked with Frances and her team and I really want to
spread the word to others. I want to be able to help others achieve what I’ve been
able to achieve, become comfortable in their own skin again…so I’ve agreed to
work with Frances, to help coach others with their nutrition plans and see if they
can get the results they want too! 🙂
Alex – Oxford
Age – 24
What was your reason for originally coming to me? What was wrong with you and how were you feeling?
There were many receives for getting in touch with Frances and moving forward with the diet plan, including:
- General lack of energy and constant fatigue
- Lack of confidence and self esteem
- Very low immune system – constantly struggling with colds and such
- Aching body and tired muscles
- Low energy and difficulty on waking up
- Lack of concentration and focus on a day-to-day basis
- Erratic emotions and ‘rollercoaster’ lifestyle
- Poor digestion – constant struggles with all different types of foods
- Feeling of extreme exhaustion after eating any meal
- General feeling of low mood and well-being
What reservations did you have about seeing a nutritional therapist?
If I’m honest, I didn’t really have any reservations. If I were to think of any, it would have been the thought that whatever treatment I was to receive, may not work. But this had been the case with everything that I had tried before and was just a continuing worry I had had with the problems that I was suffering with. Having gone down so many different avenues throughout the years I had been suffering, it starts to get quite depressing and relentless when nothing seems to be working.
How has your health and life changed?
It’s difficult to know where to start with this question, the easiest way to express it is by bullet pointing everything that has changed:
- Significantly more energy throughout every aspect of day to day life
- Massive increase in motivation to tackle work and home life
- Clearer head, giving sharper thought process and decision making
- All-round feeling of wellness and healthier being
- Look and feel healthier – most noticeable in the face as I used to have washed out look
- People responding differently to my more upbeat and positive personality
- Less insecure and anxious about everything – both work and home life
- Feel I am able to tackle any challenge or speed bump that comes my way
- Tonnes more confidence
- Self esteem has grown significantly – leading to all of the above
What would you say to anyone who is thinking about coming to see me?
Go for it! Weigh up everything that you have been suffering from, compare that to how long you have been suffering from it, and tell yourself that it is time to stop! The programme/diet that you may have to partake in is tough, but believe me, you will not be suffering anymore and you will become that person that you knew you could always be!
Frances takes a very relaxed and open approach to everything that you discuss. The process in which you identify your issues and the timescale in which these occurred, opens your eyes. It makes it all so much clearer and easier to understand. This way of looking it the issues is something that you will not get with a doctor, well I certainly didn’t. She made the programme all very simple and enjoyable, it was a pleasure to meet her and I can’t thank her enough for the support that she has given!”
“I went to see Frances as I had been trying to lose weight for three years. NOTHING worked, even going to the gym and eating very little food still didn’t shift the weight. I even went to the doctor since I thought I must have a medical condition. Everything came back normal. I went to see Frances and told her I need to drop two stone. Ten weeks on, I am not far off that goal. On top of that I have finally started to sleep well after ten years of battling sleep problems! I have even noticed an improvement in my eyesight since I require my glasses far less than I did before. The diet I am on is fairly basic although it does not leave you feeling hungry and what I like about it most is that it has nothing to do with calorie counting. I am finally realizing it’s all about eating the right kinds of foods rather than counting calories, in fact I’m probably taking in more calories now than I was on previous diets which didn’t work. Frances has been kind and supportive throughout so anyone wishing to finally lose weight once and for all should pay her a visit.” Dr. G-S Oxfordshire.
“I went to see Frances because I have had long term battles with Bursitis pain, being run down with coughs, colds and general exhaustion which is very contrary to my previous energy levels and hindering my need to run two businesses. I did try ‘traditional methods’ of healthcare however I was still suffering every few weeks with extreme pain and the exhaustion/colds had risen to epic proportions where I literally do a days work and then go to bed (no fun). I also have missed my long walks and generally being fit. On her programme, I have seen a big improvement. Within 2 months my energy levels are increased, my instances of inflammation/pain are dramatically reduced and my general health has improved. I’m continuing on the programme with Frances focussing on weight loss and maintaining my improved health. Thank you.”
“I had been suffering with severe depression and knew I had to do something about it. I believe in trying to do things as naturally as possible which is why I sought help from a nutritional therapist before I had to go down the route of taking anti-depressants. I started the programme with Frances. The same month a really dear friend of mine died. I knew the programme was working as I coped much better with this than I would have previously. I am feeling so much more stable and generally much more positive. I have several friends that I will be referring to Frances as I felt really supported by her and felt safe in her hands.”
“Having always eaten healthily and been a keen runner since my late teens, after my third child I could not shift the weight. My running suffered, and it felt no matter what I did or how healthily I ate, I could not shift the pounds. I was very tired, snappy with the children and sleeping badly. I met with Frances and she put me on the programme. I have lost 10lbs and recently a 2hrs and 4 mins time in the Sheffield half marathon, running for breast cancer care, my fastest time to date. I feel and look so much better since starting her programme.”
“I was constipated with no energy and mood swings. Previously I’d be inspired by a programme on the TV to start eating more healthily, but it wouldn’t last a week. I’m now 3 months into the programme and a fabulous diet change with bundles of energy and vitality and more importantly a joie de vivre attitude to life in general. Plus I’ve lost a stone in weight, but that is secondary to the feeling of well-being for me now. If you’re wondering if you should see a nutritionist, do it, it’s fascinating, and I would wholly recommend Frances be that nutritionist.”
I was in a bit of a negative cycle, so I wasn’t eating properly and that would have an effect on everything else, so I sought your help to kind of break the mould really, to start afresh and see what weight I could shift/lose.
Yes I wanted to lose weight because I felt like I was carrying too much, it was just bad eating habits that had put the weight on and it was just trying to get rid of that really.
No, I didn’t know what it would entail, if I’m totally honest…I wasn’t sure, I’ve not really had help from a dietician before, so it wasn’t reservations but I was a bit nervous because I didn’t know what it would involve.
I can’t say that I enjoyed the first 2 days, they weren’t great but it was definitely worth it…I did enjoy it…the whole experience has been good!
My weight came down, it didn’t come down as far as I had wished it to, but I think that was more my fault than anything else. But yes my weight’s come down, I feel better, more awake in terms of what I’m putting into my body and actually physically as well…so if I’m not drinking enough water I feel quite drowsy so it’s kind of installed new habits.
Best outcome is installing the new habits, so the old habits would be that if I was hungry, I would eat something rubbish, whereas now it’s making sure I’m having enough fruit, drinking enough water, not always having a cup of tea and maybe having a green tea instead. So it’s broken old habits and installed new ones which is good!
I feel a lot fitter during pre-season at the moment, I feel like I’ve got a bit more energy, it’s rugby I’m playing, I’m feeling a lot sharper with that, my training in the gym has got better, so I’ve lost weight but my lifts have gone up! I feel stronger.
I would say I feel good!
It has been good… thank you! 🙂
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