Testimonials

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) is a disorder affecting approximately 10% of reproductive-aged women.

My journey with polycystic ovaries began over 11 years ago !! Throughout this time my weight has fluctuated up and down, and so did the diets that I tried!! I was never able to keep on a diet for over a couple of weeks as the need for sugar and carbs was soo great that I would end up raiding the cupboards!! Not only has Diane enabled me to enjoy my life again, but she has also re-educated me about the benefits of food, and how my body reacts to certain foods (in both good and bad ways). I have really enjoyed my food journey with Diane and I can seriously say that it is the best thing that I have done for myself in along time!!



Symptoms of PCOS vary between individuals.

Early symptoms may be:

  • Infrequent/absent menstruation
  • Difficulty becoming pregnant
  • Unexplained weight gain


Persistant symptoms of PCOS (again these vary between individuals)

  • Prolonged menstruation
  • Excess hair growth – facial and abdominal
  • Acne
  • Obesity


Potential Complications:

  • Type 2 diabetes and gestational diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • Cholesterol and lipid abnormalities
  • Metabolic syndrome
  • Cancer of the uterus


Dietary changes are important in the management of PCOS and can significantly help reduce the symptoms and minimise potential complications.

Rachel’s story…

My journey with polycystic ovaries began over 11 years ago !! Throughout this time my weight has fluctuated up and down, and so did the diets that I tried!! I was never able to keep on a diet for over a couple of weeks as the need for sugar and carbs was soo great that I would end up raiding the cupboards!!

The never ending cycle of dieting and raiding the cupboards kept depleting my energy levels and zapped my confidence.  It also didn’t help my poc symptoms!!

I suffered with irregular, very painful, very heavy and very long periods, low energy levels and bad moods and a desperate need to eat lots of sweet food!!

My doctor was very helpful and after some consultations and treatments I was referred to a specialist. However, in August I received a letter to say that I was being removed from the waiting list. And that was my turning point, I had to do something!!

A friend recommended I see Diane who might be able to help. So on the 3rd of September I crept into the waiting room with no idea of what to expect.  Out comes a lovely lady with a warm friendly smile. Diane was amazing. She was very friendly, non judgemental, calm and most importantly to me, I found her very easy to talk to!! After a wonderful chat we set out a new way of eating.  I did initially panic as my past experiences told my that in a couple of weeks I would be back raiding the cupboards. However with great support and guidance by Diane, I am still maintaining it with ease after 3 months, and I feel fabulous. I still have the odd symptom, but they are no where near what I was experiencing before.  My periods are shorter, lighter and regular with a small amount of discomfort. I have heaps of energy, no more bad moods and I don’t want anything sweet.  What a change around!!

Not only has Diane enabled me to enjoy my life again, but she has also re-educated me about the benefits of food, and how my body reacts to certain foods (in both good and bad ways). I have really enjoyed my food journey with Diane and I can seriously say that it is the best thing that I have done for myself in along time!!

Thank you Diane for enabling me to enjoy my life again :)

Rachel


I am now on a new journey

This course for me has started me on a journey that I never thought would be possible, and one that I would recommend to anyone who is struggling in life with emotional eating.  Being in such a beautiful calm setting has helped to open my mind and heart to be aware of where I am at

This course for me has started me on a journey that I never thought would be possible, and one that I would recommend to anyone who is struggling in life with emotional eating.  Being in such a beautiful calm setting has helped to open my mind and heart to be aware of where I am at

Lorraine


….about food intolerance

My doctor asked me to lose a few kilos in weight because of my health condition. Diane was in the same building, so I made an appointment. I found the written information and particularly the pictures showing what to eat and how much, very helpful. I have lost weight and body fat in the last three weeks and can follow the diet and can continue on with ease.

My doctor asked me to lose a few kilos in weight because of my health condition.  Diane was in the same building, so I made an appointment.  I found the written information and particularly the pictures showing what to eat and how much, very helpful. 

I have lost weight and body fat in the last three weeks and can follow the diet and can continue on with ease.

Carol


Mother of a teenage daughter

As the mother of a teenage daughter with a number food intolerances, I have found Diane’s knowledge and expertise invaluable. She identified the foods that were causing my daughter to feel so unwell and provided her with detailed information, so that she can manage a balanced, healthy diet independently.

As the mother of a teenage daughter with a number food intolerances, I have found Diane’s knowledge and expertise invaluable. She identified the foods that were causing my daughter to feel so unwell and  provided her with detailed information, so that she can  manage a balanced, healthy diet independently.  Her support has been ongoing, regularly providing us with product information.

Diane’s clear guidelines and reassuring manner  has helped us feel  a lot more confident about managing a restricted diet positively. I am so glad that we found Diane and would highly recommend her services.

Mother of teenage daughter


Finding the food sources I need for my body to function better.

It’s been interesting to see what the gene results have shown in relation to what I eat and how my body absorbs various nutrients.

It’s been interesting to see what the gene results have shown in relation to what I eat and how my body absorbs various nutrients.  Having a book to look at, showing the foods I should be consuming, will be very good for me. The most useful thing I learnt from the test was the particular food sources and what I need for my body to function better.

Vivian


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


I’m extremely glad that I attended this course

I’m extremely glad that I attended this course.  I took some convincing and wasn’t sure this course would help me much.  I was wrong!!  I have learnt so many things that can and will empower me for the future.  I would recommend this course to anyone struggling...

I’m extremely glad that I attended this course.  I took some convincing and wasn’t sure this course would help me much.  I was wrong!!  I have learnt so many things that can and will empower me for the future.  I would recommend this course to anyone struggling with food.  You need to learn there is no “good” or “bad” food.

Amanda Burgiss


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


Over time I have come to appreciate where responsibility lies, things I can change and things I can’t

I decided to attend a mindfulness training course, after a bitter end to a long term relationship.  I was devastated.  Over time I have come to appreciate where responsibility lies, things I can change and things I can’t;  and how to be kinder and more compassionate to...

I decided to attend a mindfulness training course, after a bitter end to a long term relationship.  I was devastated.  Over time I have come to appreciate where responsibility lies, things I can change and things I can’t;  and how to be kinder and more compassionate to myself, and others.
I have learnt some skills to regain control if I start feeling distressed, and skills to try and release stress.  
I enjoyed the scientific base of knowledge behind the course, and Diane’s commitment to continuing learning and investigation.  Just remember, be kind to yourself!!

Raewyn


THIS COURSE HAS STARTED ME ON A JOURNEY OF PERSONAL GROWTH

I got so much out of this course.  It was a bit daunting to be in a course with complete strangers, but as the weeks went on I found that we all had very similar issues. Diane was lovely.  The sessions were all so well thought out, so that the whole course built on the week before....

I got so much out of this course.  It was a bit daunting to be in a course with complete strangers, but as the weeks went on I found that we all had very similar issues. Diane was lovely.  The sessions were all so well thought out, so that the whole course built on the week before.  The course wasn’t about food or dieting.  It was about mindfulness and self-acceptance.  Over the eight weeks, I have found that I am slowly getting to accept myself more.  Not fully there yet, but well on my way.

Adrienne