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.”