Love Notes

I used to constantly feel anxious around food and whether or not something was “okay” for me to eat. Having struggled with chronic bloating and gas for years I could never pinpoint what was causing my issues and I was completely overwhelmed by all of the contradicting health info out there. After just a few sessions working with Elaine I can honestly say I felt so much less stressed about my diet, and life in general (honestly it consumed so much of my energy). She helped me get to the bottom of my most troubling food triggers, and while she helped me realize there are some foods I’m better off without, my diet is actually WAY more liberal than it was before when I was afraid to eat almost everything. I’m not going to lie and say that I eat perfectly all of the time, but at least I now feel in control of my symptoms. I also have so much more energy now that I’m not feeling heavy and bloated all of the time. And although weight loss was never really my concern, I’m not complaining about my flatter midsection!

Laura C.

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Thank you so much. I can’t even begin to explain the difference in how I feel after just a few weeks of following your advice. My digestion feels so much more settled and for the first time in what feels like forever I actually had the energy to go to the gym after work instead of going home and crashing on the couch. I’ve also been loving your delicious and easy recipe recommendations. Looking forward to our next session!

Erin L.

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I followed Elaine through her website and email newsletters for a few years before I finally decided to work with her. I only wish I had started working with her sooner as it would have saved me so much time and energy. Because my diet was what I considered to be very healthy I didn’t think there was much of a point. Turns out I was wrong. I had been struggling with digestive symptoms, particularly loose stools and stomach cramping off and on for years. After finally getting an IBS diagnosis with my MD she suggested I work with a nutritionist. That’s when I contacted Elaine.

Even though I already ate a fairly healthy diet, Elaine helped me uncover some foods that I would never have suspected could be triggering my symptoms – especially since many of the foods are considered healthy by most standards. Who knew you could overeat fruit? I learned that was a big trigger for me. Having Elaine as a guide and accountability partner was an invaluable part of my healing process, and while I still have some work to do, particularly when it comes to managing my stress levels, I feel like I’m on the right track now. I can’t recommend Elaine highly enough.

Denise D.

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I just want to say thank you for everything, Elaine. After years of trying every single diet out there I can honestly say that I finally feel at peace with food. I always knew I had unhealthy eating patterns but still my focus was always on the food itself, or the new diet. I’ve worked with other nutritionists and coaches, but the focus was always on what I was or wasn’t allowed to eat. You really helped me uncover some long-held damaging believes that I had around food. I love that I can freely enjoy so many foods that were once off-limits, and the best part is, I haven’t felt this great in years.

Colleen N.

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I contacted Elaine when I was having difficulty with my sleeping and had low energy.  I just felt off and I had the best intentions with being healthy, but felt overwhelmed with all the information out there. When I contacted Elaine, I instantly felt comfortable discussing my health with her. She is so warm and easy to talk to. I looked forward to our sessions, and how she truly cared about my progress. During our sessions she educated me, guided me, and encouraged me to a healthier lifestyle.

I used to come home from work and binge eat while watching tv. I now have energy to accomplish so much when I come home and sleep throughout the night. My digestion is better and I feel other areas of my life have improved.

Something I really appreciated is that she tailored a program specific to my needs. I learned what supplements to take, and what I should be eating. I felt the process was extremely helpful, and she coached me all the way through it. Even when I was unsure about something or needed to ask her a question Elaine was right there. She broke down the information for me in an easy to understand manner, and I always knew the reasoning behind her recommendations. For anyone who wants to be healthier but feels overwhelmed by all the information that’s out there, I would highly recommend you work with Elaine. I can’t wait to see the long-term effects of the changes I’ve made!

Kamal A.

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I ate based on the recommendations you gave me and noticed a few things – my digestion improved, bloating decreased and I lost over 25 lbs in 3-4 months! I exercised along with this but it was obvious that the nutritional direction made a big difference. I also have more energy and feel better about my health.

The fact that you represent what you say is really helpful and encouraging along with your gentle, insightful, clear way of sharing your recommendations.  You made me want to pursue your recommendations, and I did and voila! Also, it’s obvious that you believe in and are passionate about what you are sharing.

The way you recommended that I eat and make food choices – especially under pressure – has made it really easy to make choices in public settings – eating out, being entertained by friends, work meetings – the choices are clear without being stressful, and this is a huge benefit.  Any way to reduce stress is key! Also, the care of my diet is always with me now and that’s a big plus as eating is such a big and important part of life – so what I put in my body is really vital.

Maggie Millwood

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Things are going really well – I feel GREAT and have been cooking every day. I think the biggest thing I’ve found in the last few months is that I am full and happy on less food than before, and very rarely crave (or want to eat) sweets or snacks. Thanks again!

Katrina Cinelli 

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I was diagnosed with thyroid disease almost 20 years ago, but its impact on my life became most significant around a year ago. My thyroid was demonstrating no function and I was a total wreck. I could barely get out of bed in the morning, I was always exhausted or feeling sick, I gained weight, and wasn’t feeling up to any of my usual activities like hitting the gym or heading out with friends. I wasn’t myself and medication wasn’t helping.

When my thyroid specialist recommended a gluten-free diet, I understood the basics of what I had to do, but wasn’t quite sure where to begin.I wanted to work with a nutritionist, but I was concerned about practicalities. Specifically, I wasn’t convinced that a nutritionist could make recommendations that would work with my lifestyle. I’m busy, I travel internationally for business, I like dining out with friends and trying new restaurants, and I don’t want to shop at a health-food store for all my groceries.

I chose to work with Elaine because of her “real food” approach to nutrition and couldn’t be happier with the results.

Elaine spent our initial sessions educating me on why people develop gluten intolerance, how it related to my thyroid condition and what kinds of foods to avoid. I appreciated that she really took the time to help me understand the underlying issues.  Elaine helped me with groceries, and most importantly, gave me ideas for substituting some of my favourite foods that were now off-limits. We took an approach where we didn’t replace glutinous foods with processed and expensive gluten-free alternatives; we instead identified foods that are naturally gluten-free and can be purchased in any grocery store, found on most restaurant menus and are easy to identify when travelling internationally.

I’ve been following Elaine’s recommendations since October 2011. Elaine has been a great support and her recommendations have fit easily into my life. The greatest validation to her program is that my doctor was able to reduce my dosage of thyroid medication and a number of my hypothyroid symptoms have been eliminated. I’m back at my normal energy levels and doing the things I’ve always enjoyed. I actually lost weight beyond what I had gained, and in general am feeling great.

If you are considering working with Elaine, you should know that she really ‘gets-it’. She can work with any lifestyle. She took the time to understand and address my concerns up front and worked with me to create an approach that I could stick to.

Jenn Tulk

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Elaine, Thank you!

You’ve helped me change a lot of my habits since the program: I’m more aware of what I eat, I chew my food, I see the importance of calming down and taking time for myself in the week, I’ve started stretching, I think about eating fruits on an empty stomach and not combining animal products with starch etc.

Some physical things I’ve noticed are that my clothes are looser, I sleep better and my skin is clearer.

I think everyone needs to hear about how every part of our lives affect us and our bodies. The program really showed how wellness must be approached holistically – mind, body and spirit

I loved how the sessions all connected with each other and it was focused on lifestyle and not quick fixes. I loved seeing the sample menus to see what food combining looks like and the recipes that came with it.

Both you and the program are very open and approachable – people can find where they fit in and they don’t need to be overwhelmed or afraid. Thanks so much Elaine!

Rebeka Ly