STORY: Self-Care Makes All the Difference
to me with a history of chronic stomach pain that started in college.
Her cramping, bloating, sharp pains, and indigestion made her feel like
there was a "volcano" inside her belly. She knew certain foods
aggravated her belly, and had tried an elimination diet (unsuccessfully)
in the past. Traditional doctors didn't help much, and she was sick
of how inconvenient her IBS was. She admitted to being stressed out
by a job that she didn't like, and also said that she had trouble taking
care of herself and slowing down.
Megan worked with me in a 6-month Ultimate
Wellness Program. She also joined the Wild
and Well Group Program. Since elimination diets didn't work for
Megan, I asked her to keep a food-mood journal instead. This helped
her identify foods that upset her belly (surprisingly, they ended being
some of the foods that she initially thought were fine for her stomach!).
We developed a relaxing morning routine that kept her belly calm throughout the early part of the day. Megan replaced some of her takeout meals and caffeine with tea and healthy, home-cooked meals. Since exercise helps ease IBS symptoms, we brainstormed to find fitness options that were appealing to Megan. After signing up for a group hike, finding tennis partners online, and walking with her mom, Megan noticed a dramatic improvement in her belly.
As her belly healed, Megan began to feel more confident, sexy, optimistic, outspoken, and excited about life! She was promoted twice at work and she suddenly had more dates than she could fit into her schedule! She became so convinced of the connection between the diet, wellness and health that she started a Healthy Living group for her own patients and enrolled in the Institute for Integrative Nutrition.
"I just completed Christi's program and wanted to let you know
how much it changed my life! I have struggled with IBS for 4 years now
with little relief. My IBS kept me from taking trips, spending time
with people, and basically just living my life. I saw many doctors and
tried a lot of homeopathic remedies and acupuncture, but nothing helped.
After working with Christi I learned that I didn't have to live with
endless humiliating moments and constant tummy aches. I still have symptoms
from time to time, but when I do, I know what has triggered them and
how to self-soothe. In Christi's program I changed many aspects of my
lifestyle including how I eat and the way I manage stress. I never felt
pressured to make any changes I wasn't ready for or didn't want to make.
Instead Christi guided me to make my own choices and figure out what
works best for me and my body. I now have quite a new outlook on my
life, and am feeling good for the first time in years. Definitely worth
the money! Feel free to contact me if you have any specific questions
about my experience w/ her program. I would highly recommend working
w/ her to anyone!" Megan A., Client