Testimonials

Autoimmune Disease

Diane helped my father change his diet totally. He suffers from MS, an autoimmune disease and Diane suggested a change of diet might be beneficial to cope with the disease. Since it didn't involve any medications my father was willing to try it for 3 months and see if there was any improvement.

Diane helped my father change his diet totally. He suffers from MS, an autoimmune disease and Diane suggested a change of diet might be beneficial to cope with the disease. Since it didn't involve any medications my father was willing to try it for 3 months and see if there was any improvement.
The eating program was very different to what he used to eat and I wondered how he would stick with it. Diane was so supportive and gave us wonderful recipes and alternative foods that he was able to cope with the change very well. Diane gave us realistic advise as to the effect of the new diet - this was not a cure of MS. We have seen though, quite a marked improvement in the last 3 months in that his energy levels have increased and the deterioration rate seems to have slowed down.

Diane was able to tell us who the suppliers of specialist foods were, that made sticking to the program easier. The improvement we have seen in my father has made this eating program a life-change rather than a short term diet. Diane's support through the visits and answering our questions via email was invaluable. I would highly recommend anyone with an autoimmune disease to try this eating program with Diane.

Fiona T


I have gained skills to handle situations better

I came to this course because I realised how stress can be so real in my life.  I couldn’t always understand why I felt the stress or anxiousness I did, so I thought this course may help in that way to give me a better understanding.  It has really opened my mind up to so many...

I came to this course because I realised how stress can be so real in my life.  I couldn’t always understand why I felt the stress or anxiousness I did, so I thought this course may help in that way to give me a better understanding.  It has really opened my mind up to so many things, and been a really gentle experience and so practical in lots of ways too.  The course has been extremely informative, and now I have been given great tools.  I already feel that this course is the beginning a of better lifestyle.  
Thank you so much Diane.  Your skills and gentle nature are a real gift.

Alison


Back to Full Health

I have no hesitation in recommending Diane to anyone who is seeking medical answers, that they feel might be food related. Her expertise and knowledge, together with her upbeat enthusiasm and understanding is brilliant. Thanks Diane!

When I first came to Diane, I was very unwell. I had vertigo, was nauseas constantly, I had lost over 20 kg in weight and was very skinny. I was tired all the time, run down, had constant colds and throat infections, and was having difficulty swallowing, brain fog, migraines, had reflux etc. and the list went on. I had been back and forth between doctors and specialists for over two years, and was getting nowhere fast.
After discovering that my daughter was gluten intolerant, to support her I decided to give up gluten also. Amazingly, after only four days gluten free I had stopped sleeping for 3 hours on the couch every day! That is when I went looking for Diane.

I have now spent approx 6 months with Diane guiding me through the strict elimination diet, and the food/chemical challenges. Together we have discovered the wide range of food and chemical intolerances that have dominated my life for the past two years. I now only eat what my body likes, and I am well. My life has started again.

I have no hesitation in recommending Diane to anyone who is seeking medical answers, that they feel might be food related. Her expertise and knowledge, together with her upbeat enthusiasm and understanding is brilliant. Thanks Diane!

Jen


I really wanted to talk to her, we used Skype to communicate.

I found Diane on the internet. Since I live in Wellington and she is based in Hastings, and she specialises in auto-immune diseases, and I really wanted to talk to her, we used Skype to communicate.

I found Diane on the internet.  Since I live in Wellington and she is based in Hastings, and she specialises in auto-immune diseases, and I really wanted to talk to her, we used Skype to communicate.  My main issues were with Endometriosis.  It was really easy and straight forward, I could see Diane, share a laugh or two, and still talk to her as if I was in her waiting room.  I made great progress and we got to the bottom of my issues.  It's been great to live a life without digestive issues, lose some weight and have more energy (something I did not have before).

Patient from Wellington


...abdomen and stomach pain

“I have been fortunate to be referred to Diane Stride by my doctor, Blaine Stride (Diane’s husband). For some ten years I have suffered from pain and tension in both the abdomen and stomach.  During this period I have had four colonoscopy’s and many ultrasounds....

“I have been fortunate to be referred to Diane Stride by my doctor, Blaine Stride (Diane’s husband).

For some ten years I have suffered from pain and tension in both the abdomen and stomach.  During this period I have had four colonoscopy’s and many ultrasounds.  The pain has never been constant, or consistently in the same place,  “a moveable feast” I describe it as.   It has not disturbed my sleep and most days I have woken pain free with the tension creeping on as the day has progressed.  My bowel movements have been quite erratic.

For two months now I have been guided by Diane and her program known as “Foodmaps”. This has had a huge effect on my health.  My husband will bear testament to the new me.  I have had several comments observing the brightness in my eyes and can honestly say the improvement to my discomfort has been immense.

Over the past month I have slowly introduced some of those foods that have been removed, taking note of any side effects.  I have kept a diary of my food and bowel movements.

Diane has been most professional in her approach to my complaint.  She has a great knowledge of food groups and their effect on Irritable bowel.  She has been very easy to talk to, a great listener supporting her suggestions with good explanations.

I continue to be guided by Diane and have no hesitation in recommending her to anyone looking to address their health and well being through dietary intake.”

Felicity Fergusson


I feel empowered

I enjoyed the course to the extent that I have advertised it in my hair salon.  I feel empowered and like a flower that is opening up and ready to bloom.  This is a journey and a new path to travel.  For me, it is the beginning of living my life differently.  Being mindful...

I enjoyed the course to the extent that I have advertised it in my hair salon.  I feel empowered and like a flower that is opening up and ready to bloom.  This is a journey and a new path to travel.  For me, it is the beginning of living my life differently.  Being mindful and with the skills and tools that I have been able to receive from this course, I can use them every day.  I want to live life to the full and be all that God wants me to be.

Anne


Here is some feedback from one of my clients who is feeling amazing now, after suffering for years with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) issues

After being diagnosed with Coeliac disease five years ago I immediately took on a gluten free diet, noticing significant improvements after a few days.

After being diagnosed with Coeliac disease five years ago I immediately took on a gluten free diet, noticing significant improvements after a few days.

It was only a couple of years ago that I noticed the same symptoms I had when I wasn’t gluten free coming back – bloated, sore, tired and of course inconsistent bowel motions that would either be constipation or diarrhoea. Turns out I was lactose intolerant too.
After just a few days of being off dairy, my symptoms faded. My health then began to deteriorate with continued troubles with my bowel motions and sharp pains in my abdomen. After several admissions to hospital, being put on various medications and finally six months later I was diagnosed with IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome). Initially it was a great relief to know what was going on and to have an answer, but with not being given much information or advice on how to live with it other than what I was already doing with my diet I felt somewhat lost. Once again, my health deteriorated, this time it was my energy levels – feeling very tired and low, being bloated most of the time and having inconsistent bowel motions.

Another trip to the doctor and I was referred to see Diane Stride. Diane talked through my weekly diet and then explained in a very easy-to-understand-way of how certain foods can cause problems with those of us that suffer from IBS and/or Coeliacs. Diane really enlightened me; everything she was saying made perfect sense. There were a lot of foods I was eating that someone who suffers from both IBS and Coeliacs should avoid. After being given advice on how to make changes to my diet over a four week period, my new diet began.

After the first few days I really started to notice changes – my tummy was flat, I had a routine to my bowel motions and I was beginning to feel ‘normal’. At first I thought it was too good to be true, that the next day I would become bloated or I would have diarrhoea or constipation, but that didn’t happen. For four weeks I felt a huge change – my symptoms had disappeared, I was feeling great, I had a normal toilet routine, my tummy remained flat and people were commenting on how healthy I was looking. Well, that has continued! I haven’t had any symptoms that I was previously experiencing and I really feel like a heavy burden has been lifted and I have a new lease on life. To not need to worry about rushing to the toilet or feeling self conscious about being constantly bloated has made such a positive difference not only to my health, but to my general wellbeing. I really feel like I am normal again! I am very grateful to Diane and her knowledge and expertise in this area.

I would happily recommend anyone that suffers from similar symptoms to go and see her and get yourself sorted and back to normal. Yes, normal is possible!

Christine, Hawkes Bay


Weightloss Success Despite A Busy Lifestyle

Mike is an energetic, charming social client of mine who has shown his energy and passion for people by developing the number 1 homestead in Hawkes Bay; Hawthorne House. Not only does he have to spend energy on ensuring that he provides a top quality service to guests from all over the country,...

Mike is an energetic, charming social client of mine who has shown his energy and passion for people by developing the number 1 homestead in Hawkes Bay; Hawthorne House. Not only does he have to spend energy on ensuring that he provides a top quality service to guests from all over the country, but he also arranges Murder Mystery evenings for businesses and social groups.

Mike came to see me as he was so busy with ensuring that he was available for his clients and keeping the property immaculate, that he didn't' have time to think about how best to lose the weight he wanted to, to ensure that he could keep up with his current pace.
“I was busy and just didn’t know how best to make it work. I needed some guidance not only on how to go about losing weight, but also having it fit in with my busy lifestyle.  The amazing thing is that I haven't felt hungry, and I liked having choices – on the diet plan I was given there were no “forbidden” foods, but rather an explanation on how different choices can have an impact on my overall weight.”

Mike


This course completely changed my way of thinking about dieting

This course completely changed my way of thinking about dieting and what we “should” be doing.  I have realised how much society and the media drill into us how we should look, eat and live and how damaging that is. Diane strips all that away and really focuses on what our...

This course completely changed my way of thinking about dieting and what we “should” be doing.  I have realised how much society and the media drill into us how we should look, eat and live and how damaging that is.
Diane strips all that away and really focuses on what our minds and bodies really need and want.  I have a long way to go, but I now have the skills on how to get there

Tania Cooper


Mother of an 18 month old daughter

My 18 month old daughter, Francesca, has been suffering from moderate Eczema since she was about 6 months, about the time she started solids ... following Diane’s guidelines, and her skin and gut issues have been much better.

My 18 month old daughter, Francesca, has been suffering from moderate Eczema since she was about 6 months, about the time she started solids. She has also had gut issues most of her life. I have always had an interest in nutrition and was careful to feed Francesca with healthy foods, especially ones I thought were good for her and her skin, but I was so wrong! I kept a food diary for Diane, and she very quickly picked out what the problem might be. Since then, Francesca has been on a restricted diet, following Diane’s guidelines, and her skin and gut issues have been much better.

 Together with Diane’s excellent knowledge and advice, she has an easy, friendly manner – I would highly recommend her to anyone who has issues with allergies and eczema.

Mother of an infant