My Health Story
My journey with IBS began when I made the transition from secondary school to university. This can be an anxious and stressful time in a person’s life but in my mind it had nothing to do with my gut problems. When I embarked on my career as a pharmacist working in a fast paced demanding environment with long hours and little or no formal breaks this served only to worsen my symptoms.
Down through the years I tried everything from medication to elimination diets – cutting out gluten wheat and dairy and the low FODMAP diet. But none of these offered me long term solutions. It was then that I began to explore lifestyle measures like yoga and relaxation techniques to manage my IBS. I quickly learned that it was not, as I thought, all about the food.
For years I also suffered really badly with horrible PMS – feeling irritable and emotional and being so bloated I could barely button my trousers! And my IBS would be so much worse around my period. I knew I had to do something about it and so I began studying how the food I was eating and aspects of my lifestyle were affecting my hormones, energy and gut health.
Last year I also experienced my own personal health scare, and proper nutrition and self-care formed an integral part of my recovery. The healthy habits I developed over this period have become my non-negotiables. It taught me to never underestimate the healing power of a healthy diet and lifestyle.
And this is the message I want to share with you!