Shannon has an auto-immune disorder and was found to have an intolerance to several foods including egg, cow’s milk and gluten
“So, I've cut out everything I was intolerant too except for dark chocolate occasionally. On the off chance I've been at a restaurant and all of my intolerances have not been able to be catered for I have focused on gluten and diary as they are the easiest to accommodate for in restaurants. As a result, my energy levels have increased and my bloating much improved”. Shannon, April 2017
"I booked an appointment with Alyson after suffering several months of stomach pain and discomfort. After an hour with Alyson, I knew where I was going wrong with my diet and lifestyle, as well as the foods that I could potentially be intolerant too. After over a month of having a more balanced diet, whilst cutting out the foods identified in the intolerance test, I can honestly say that my tummy is becoming normal and less aggravated again. Really pleased I made an appointment and very relieved."
Emily - February 2017
“I was recommended to consult Alyson Carter by another health professional.
After 19 years of suffering pain, inflammation and difficult gut problems, I went to see Alyson for a Food Intolerance Test. This felt like almost my last possible source of help. The test itself showed some reaction to wheat.
By removing wheat, caffeine, sugar and chocolate from my diet, I simply had to eat regular, varied, well balanced meals and snacks. Some days, of course, this was 'easier said than done', but the evidence of the increased wellness which I experienced was enough to keep me focussed, pain-free and determined to persevere. Of real importance was keeping an accurate Food Intake Diary.
Continued support and encouragement from Alyson was always available, in person, by telephone and e-mail. Knowing that I could ask for help at any time was reassuring.
I am very grateful to have spoken to Alyson, someone who accepted how difficult eating had become due to pain, who also acknowledged the reality of everyday life with an unpredictable gut, and who gave me encouragement and understanding, all when I was in despair of ever finding help from anyone who believed me without blaming me for my situation."
J Dickenson - 2016
"I took the intolerance test in an attempt to boost my immunity two years after having my first child. My test revealed
an intolerance of yeast and egg. Having cut these from my diet, I had more energy and less skin irritation.
After 5 weeks on the new diet, my IBS symptons have completely disappeared. Alison has since refined my initial plan and I hope this will help but my immune system in time for the winter months."
L Stavers – July 2016
“For us meeting with Alyson has been a major turning point. By the time we came to Alyson we had already had a massive amount of tests to try to find the cause of my daughter’s chronic migraines. Nothing showed up and we were losing hope, thinking that we would have to live with this condition. Alyson’s food detective test showed she was sensitive to eggs. We removed them and added a healthy alternate breakfast as per Alyson’s plan and the migraines have now been reduced to a very manageable level and without the intensity as before. Prior to this we were considering full time medication, our last resort, and now we feel this won’t be necessary.
My whole family plans to visit Alyson because she has been so effective. Alyson throughout has been caring, patient, informative, understanding and refreshingly logical. I would highly recommend anyone with any kind of imbalance to go and see Alyson as soon as possible."
Natasha, Berkhamsted UK – September 2015
Thank you for all your help. As I think my mum has told you, the changes that I've made to my diet following our meeting have been really helpful and currently my IBS is under control.
The major changes I've made to my diet are:
(i) cutting out cashew nuts;
(ii) swapping cow's milk for a plant-based milk;
(iii) avoiding creamy sauces and eggs;
(iv) eating more protein (lentils, beans and chicken), and
(v) avoiding processed foods almost entirely.
Since then I've found that I rarely feel bloated and my stomach has been very settled. I have also noticed that when I do eat a milk-based product, like ice cream or a lot of butter, my stomach will be upset. However, I have found that I am able to eat cheese without any noticeable effects. Eating enough protein and avoiding processed foods also seem to have a big effect on helping my symptoms. Taking a probiotic has also had a noticeable impact on my digestive system.
Thank you for all your help"
Rachel - August 2015
“I have been treating a female patient, 18 years old, who has had a persistent Athlete’s Foot infection for many years. It had also spread to the toenails. The infection would respond initially to topical treatments, but it kept reoccurring and the patient was frustrated and self-conscious about her feet.
Some types of Athlete’s Foot and fungal nail infections are associated with Candida, a yeast infection, and I suspected there was an underlying dietary cause for the condition. I suggested the patient see Alyson Carter for a food intolerance test to see if, indeed, she was intolerant to yeast.
Alyson performed the test, and found there was an intolerance there. Alyson was able to advise the patient about which foods and drinks to avoid and the patient did this over a course of approximately 3 months. She then came back to me in the summer for a foot health treatment and I was amazed to find no signs of Athlete’s Foot or fungal nail infection. The patient is delighted and happy to wear sandals again this summer.”
Lorna Pullman, Foot Health Practitioner - July 2015
"I went to Alyson for help with IBS- I had been told for years this is what I had but suspected it was food related and had tried cutting down on wheat. However the test showed I had an intolerance to cow’s milk, wheat, oats and yeast and Alyson gave me some great advice about my diet.
I am now much better and do not have the issues I had. I also took my 13 year old son and he too has the same issue with cow’s milk
Alyson is a kind and caring nutritional therapist who is knowledgeable and supportive."
Debbie Gilbert - May 2015
"I visited Alyson after suddenly developing some food intolerances. I knew that some key items in my diet were suddenly disagreeing with me but didn't know how to eliminate them from my diet without missing out on key nutrients. As a vegetarian it became more and more difficult and confusing on what I should be doing to adjust my diet, whilst my GP was understanding, as I didn't have a medical condition her advice was limited.
Alyson was a pleasure to talk to, she made me feel very comfortable and very quickly understood the nature of my problem. Alyson gave me clear and concise advice on what I should do and also set out a general plan that I should follow and then adjust over time, as things settled. I now feel as though I have a good understanding on key food items that I need and can include in my diet, inflammatory foods to avoid and I have a variety of meals which I can eat with confidence that they are full of all of the right nutrients that my body needs."
Sian Allen - June 2011
"On a routine visit to the doctors, I picked up a flyer for Nutrition for Life and wanted to make some positive changes to my eating habits and weight as I am getting married in November 2016.
I had previously been to slimming world and lost over two stone however that weight started to creep on and I had not learnt about food. Following the completion of a food diary and initial consultation I have made the following changes to my diet.
The major changes I've made to my diet are:
(i) having healthy snacks throughout the day that consisted of protein either in the form of 25g mixed nuts or chicken/eggs
(ii) cutting out carbs in the evening i.e. bread, jacket potatoes, rice and having them during the day
(iii) eating more varied sources of protein (lentils, beans and chicken), and
(iv) exercising on a regular basis
Since I have made all the changes to my diet, I have found that my bowel movements are better, my energy levels are greater than they were and I have lost over one stone.
I firmly believe that I will continue to take on the advice and guidance from Alyson and looking forward to my special day in November 2016.
Thank you for all your help and support."
Trish - October 2016
Kelly Perryman – participant in the Biggest Loser Challenge for the Hospice of St Francis 2013 and has carried on to lose more...
"Alyson Carter literally helped change my life! With her help and nutrition plans that I followed I lost a considerable amount of weight (whilst exercising too!)I learned about foods and how they can help and benefit me and what not to eat! Now my new healthy outlook on eating was not just a fad, but life changing and it was with her help that I am grateful for this change, and now I am a whole new me!"
Kelly - 2014
Participant in the Biggest Loser Challenge for the Hospice of St Francis – lost 4 stone in 7 months.
"I decided I would take part in the Biggest Loser Challenge for the Hospice of St Francis as it is such a wonderful charity. I didn't take part to win but instead viewed it as a chance to get some money for the charity at the same time as being educated about what to eat and how to exercise. I'd tried every kind of diet in the past and knew I could lose the weight but I could never keep it off.
I was given an eating plan by Alyson on the first week and can remember thinking "what has my life come to" when I sat with a glass of water and some pumpkin seeds on the first Saturday night.
7 months later and nearly 4 stone lighter I can honestly tell you what my life has come to...I am a much happier and healthier individual who has much more fun! I have just bought a pair of jeggings in a size 14 - when I started I was a size 22 - that made me feel better than any takeaway ever made me feel AND I love exercise now - yes "love" exercise.
The hardest week was definitely the first and each week got a bit easier after that. I was advised to keep a diary and this really helped. I gave up adding sugar to drinks completely and on Alyson's advice didn't replace it with sweeteners. I saved my treats all week and had a bottle of wine at the weekend and enjoyed it! (I had to make the plan my own!).
Now, people always ask me what diet I am on. I find this funny because I really am not on a diet - I have just changed the way I think about food and so I find myself telling people the sorts of food I eat now and when, instead.
I am so pleased with the help and advice I have been given - I am now seeking Alyson's help to try and tackle my childrens' diets."
"I never thought I'd ever be able to lose all the weight I'd managed to put on over the years, until Alyson educated me about healthy foods and what to eat to lose weight. In 6 weeks I've lost 17 pounds and have so much energy - it's like I've been given a new set of rules to run a different type of lifestyle. Thanks Alyson." L. Wilkinson - Feb 2012
" Dear Alyson,
Thank you for your guidance during our sessions together; I have found our discussions extremely useful in enabling me to incorporate a more healthy eating regime into my hectic lifestyle, which has enabled me to have more energy and yet still lose weight as I reach middle age, by eating appropriate foods more regularly, thus enabling me to avoid the "sugar" lows which previously I had managed through a "quick" fix!
Your gentle and guiding manner has supported me through small yet very effective lifestyle changes, for which I am most grateful. The follow up notes after each session have always been a really useful reminder of our discussions each time. I am more than happy to provide you with a testimonial and recommend your services. Many thanks."
Mrs K - September 2011
"Alyson’s guidance helped me devise a healthy eating plan I really enjoy, I can eat lots of delicious food and I’m not hungry between meals. I’ve lost weight steadily, have lost 12lb now, and I’m full of energy.
The gym sessions with David Vassy have helped me tone up and lose inches, over an inch-and-a-half off my waist, and my clothes are getting loose. The small group sessions are very sociable, with lots of good humour, and often don’t seem like hard work at all."
Annette Benson – Weight Loss Programme – January- 2010
"After several years of yo-yo dieting and quirky diets my weight was way too high (as was my Cholesterol) even though I worked out a couple of times a week. However all changed when I embarked on Alyson and Vassy's Weight Management Course. Sitting down with Alyson and talking through my eating habits and lifestyle on a personal one to one basis helped me understand why I did not keep the weight off. It wasn't about depriving myself and 'being different' it was about a new approach to food which I can honestly say has had such an impact on my well being. Add to that Vassy's hard but fun twice a week workout 'doable' by everyone led to me to a healthier, liveiler life style. I have lost weight and toned up and it has now become a way of life. I can contact Alyson if I need help and Vassy keeps an eye on my work out routine when I am at the gym. I feel great and the weight is slowly but surely going down and (most importantly) staying off."
Angela Thornley – Weight Loss Programme – January- 2010
“The weight management course at Sportspace proved to be the perfect catalyst for me to kick start my weight loss and improve my general health. Alyson’s nutritional advice and support was invaluable. She helped structure an eating plan suited to my goals and gave lots of tips and friendly encouragement throughout.
The weekly weigh-in with Alyson was a chance to talk through any problems and she provided lots of statistics on weight and internal body fat to see where progress was being made.
I’ve never found it easy to keep on track with diet and exercise plans, but Alyson and the fitness team created such a fun, friendly and supportive programme, that I stayed motivated and quickly started to see results."
Susannah Williams – Weight Management Course September – December 2009
"Going through a particularly stressful period was really affecting my body and I became sensitive to a lot of foods. Meeting Alyson was a breath of fresh air – she really helped me eliminate and work out what was causing my body distress. Her calm and reassuring manner immediately put me at ease and she gave me the confidence to change my diet and see real results. The food intolerance test was something I had previously been skeptical about but Alyson explained the process clearly and the results spoke for itself. It affirmed that Alyson had worked with me to understand what my body needed, and also didn’t. The journey I had been on with Alyson saw truly effective results."
Justine - July 2015
"After suffering with digestive problems over the last ten years, Alyson has helped me to alter my diet and bring to light the possible causes of my suffering. She spent a long time discussing my diet and lifestyle and has helped me to realise where I have been going wrong over the years. This is still a working progress but I am much more aware now of what I need to do and what I need to change. Thank you! "
Katherine – October 2014
"I was desperate for a solution for my gastric problems when I found Alyson Carter at Nutrition 4 Life. I was at the stage where I didn't know what to eat without pain, bloating, and burning indigestion. I was taking medication for controlling acid production and having had numerous tests which showed no abnormalities, I wasn't sure what do do next.
Alyson was very knowledgable, kind and willing to work with me to find natural solutions. She started me on a diet using foods which were calming and easily digested for 2 weeks to see how I progressed. This strategy seemed to make a marked improvement immediately. 'Sometimes you can't see the wood for the trees' and it just needs that right person to kick you in the right direction!
I am now off my medication after only 3 consultations, and armed with my new dietary plans ready to move forward with the rest of my life. Thank you:)"
Carol – April 2014
" I was worried at first when my eating habits were all over the place, I had very little energy but since I have been seeing Alyson I had guidance and support throughout to improve my eating and feel a big improvement. Even now I know what I need to do I know that I can always contact or see Alyson which has made this new regime so much easier to put into my daily routine. I would recommend the services to anyone who is not sure what to do about having eating problems as the advice I was given has changed my daily look on food."
Emily - January 2014
"For me personally I had some issues with high auto immune cells; cytokines and natural killer cells that were driving a response to miscarry or prevent implantation. Having IVF I was being treated medically for this but I supplemented this with a combination of acupuncture and nutritional changes. I felt that my problems were related to internal imbalances and a high auto-immune response so acupuncture helped restore the balance and normalised my systems. The treatment is relaxing and it helped around implantation with increasing the valuable blood flow to the womb but I also feel it worked over a period of time on the run up to transfer in helping stabilise my immune cells. They slowly came down when the medical treatment failed.
As for the change in diet I firmly believe that the advice given by Alyson also restored a balance in my body and addressed certain deficiencies with my diet. The diet was partly aimed at decreasing an inflammatory response in the body and it worked after about 4-6 weeks.
I strongly believe the combination of treatments that both Hazel and Alyson gave me have contributed hugely to the success of IVF. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend them for treating infertility or complementing any IVF process."
Rachel, 7 February 2014
"I first started seeing Alyson In January 2008. I had two issues which I needed addressing – firstly I needed help losing weight and secondly my partner and I had been trying unsuccessfully for a baby for around a year.
Within the first 6 months of seeing Alyson I had lost almost 2 stone and by June 2008 was pregnant. Alyson sorted out by body by ensuring I was eating the correct foods, drinking less alcohol and more water and taking the correct supplements for my lifestyle. The difference was massive – not only was I losing weight (easily) but my skin was clear and glowing (the best it had been in many years). I had far more energy and the daily headaches had disappeared. Physically I felt so much better but also mentally I had far more confidence and felt a lot happier.
Once pregnant Alyson gave me fantastic support and advice and helped me thorough the pregnancy. Every month was a different symptom and Alyson was able to give nutritional advice to help me with each. I was confident that both myself and my baby were as healthy as could be.
Having Alyson as an advisor throughout my pregnancy has been one of the best things for me. I found that the midwives were not necessarily able/willing to advise on nutrition in great detail."
Emma - January 2008
"I first contacted Alyson for my 17 year old daughter who was suffering with the symptoms of low thyroid function and bloating – which was causing her much discomfort. As a healthy, food aware teenager, we were unsure how to change her diet to help with the symptoms.
The weekly meetings, along with regular nutrition reports were a great support and has taught Katie a lot about what foods are best to eat, and when and which foods to avoid to lessen her symptoms and make her feel better. Due to having an intolerance test done, we found out that Katie was intolerant to cow’s milk. Alyson has helped Katie to alter her diet to facilitate this and ever since her symptoms have improved greatly.
Alyson’s easy, friendly approach immediately made Katie feel comfortable and easy to talk openly about how she was feeling. With the knowledge she has gained, three months on Katie can now confidently manage her diet, with the advice Alyson has given, so I would highly recommend Alyson as a nutritionist."
Katie’s Mum – October 2010
"My 7 year old son, Nathaniel, had year group tests in February and when we received the results we were shocked to find that he was well below his class average in all areas of his school work. We had a meeting with the Headmistress who suggested that we have him assessed by an independent educational psychologist. Apart from indicating some learning difficulties namely phonological dyslexia, the report made other suggestions to resolve concentration problems and fidgeting; one of which was to consult a nutritionist. The reason for this was to see if diet could be responsible or indeed change of diet could make a difference.
I was fortunate to know Alyson Carter of Nutrition 4 Life from my Women in Business group. Alyson immediately offered to help and we arranged for a food diary to be completed after which we then scheduled a meeting for my son and me.
The meeting was held at Alyson’s home in her office but we were made to feel very welcome and Nathaniel felt immediately relaxed by Alyson’s friendly approach. I think Nathaniel was quite nervous as to what to expect of this meeting and so it was important that Alyson made him feel comfortable. They soon were chatting away about Nathaniel’s food likes and dislikes and what items were healthier. A typical day’s food was also discussed. Nathaniel took part and made several comments – at no time was there any feeling that he or I were under scrutiny! Alyson made some very helpful suggestions of small changes to make and Nathaniel took these on board. Alyson straight away determined that breakfast was a problem and we discussed what we could give Nathaniel to eat instead of his usual Jaffa Cakes or chocolate cereal. Alyson also gave me tips of certain brands to look out for which would be preferable due to low sugar content for example. I was surprised to see how things that Nathaniel had been eating that we considered healthy could possibly be affecting the way he behaved. We went away from the meeting feeling very positive and Nathaniel was able to tell people about what he had learnt about what foods he should be eating. We also found out that he was probably not drinking enough and resolved to make sure he had more water.
None of the changes Alyson suggested were too dramatic or difficult to introduce and despite us having Easter the school holidays we managed to make some changes and used food we knew Nathaniel already liked. When he went back to school we told the teachers to see that he had more water to drink, changed his breakfast and mid morning snacks. Nathaniel of his own accord decided to forego his usual jam sandwiches for cheese or tuna at tea time. All in all we were pleased to see some quick results. Nathaniel’s behaviour in class changed and he was not told off so often. The teachers told us he was concentrating more and fidgeting less in class. Generally his school work improved markedly. So much so that his end of work report was very good and the Head Mistress was thrilled with the huge improvement.
I would whole heartedly recommend Alyson as a Nutritionist. Her advice is clear and put in a way that is easy to understand. I liked the fact that as a mother I did not feel judged at all and was given very good hints and tips from Alyson who as a mother herself knows what kids are like about food. She has an excellent rapport with children and the small suggested changes make a huge difference. Alyson is easy to deal with and I found her fees and charges to be extremely reasonable."
Mrs Farrow (about her son):
"As part of an Employee Wellness Week we asked Alyson to provide us with a day of nutritional advice to our employees. She met with a number of employees from a variety of areas within our organisation who prior to the day completed an in depth questionnaire and food diary so that she had as much information as possible on the day.
The day was fantastic and each session was followed up by written advice and guidance, which detailed changes that could be made to help the employee get more from or improve their diet.
Feedback from our employees was really positive with many going on to find out more information. A really cost effect way to help reduce sickness absence due to minor dietary problems. We will definitely ask Alyson to join again when we run another wellness week for employees."
Debbie Whiting – HR Manager Sportspace