I see about 30 clients a week and sometimes a client comes in and grabs a hold of me right from the first moment I speak to them. I spoke to this client at an event I presented to at the beginning of the year. Right away I was intrigued with the story. Can you imagine having a goal to get to Boston, and being 1 minute away from qualifying? Now imagine running through intense pain and more for 8 years!
When the client came into my office we spent a good hour talking about all the poking and prodding from specialists as well as recommendations for supplementation but also focused on timing, duration, and type of symptoms. Take that and add discussions about intensity and duration of training and I finally came up with recommendations on how to nourish the body appropriately by restricting the foods that were causing major distress and getting the right amount of macronutrients needed to train for endurance. The perfect recipe for a dietitian's recommendations. Fast forward to yesterday when I get an email like this. There is nothing more rewarding!. This client is on the way to Boston soon! Symptom free and strong as ever! Read away:
I just wanted to touch base with you as an update to our appointment. I started the Culturelle the day I saw you and after 2-3 days of world war 3 in my stomach there was a huge difference. As you recommended, I have been following the celiac diet and keeping the high FODMAPS out of the diet -including the HFCS- and am being much much more careful/strict with the gluten/hidden ingredients. I am doing all of the cooking myself so I know whats in stuff which has been easier to help me wrap my head around this change. I can not even begin to put the difference into words--completely night and day with the difference. Day-to-day I feel like a new person, am happier --bc not in constant pain etc-- and am even sleeping better. A big thing to is that I am not afraid to eat anymore- as long as I am watching ingredients etc I can actually enjoy food again and properly fuel myself for runs etc. And I even lost over a pants size after 2-3 days from all of the inflammation etc. I have had no stomach issues--and no pain and no blood--, in general or during any runs (easy, long or even speed workouts). The first run once things had calmed down completely blew my mind--I didn't need to think or worry about my stomach or other issues, I didn't even know it was there (sounds weird but I have been so aware of it and its issues for so long)--I didn't know what to think. I have done 2 longs since the diet changes--one 22 miler and one 24 miler. I had a banana with peter pan peanut butter before the long runs and during the run did water and GU brand gels. After the run I did the rice milk, banana, PB shake (so good!) and have actually been using this for breakfast somedays during the week after my runs. Sometimes even put in a little bit of cocoa powder to change it up a bit. No problems--I finally had that feeling that I could just keep running forever was back and am running stronger and faster because I wasn't dealing with any issues. Now I am telling myself that after running through that for 8 years, I have no excuse not to push through a little fatigue:-)
I have even noticed that the weird muscle trigger cramps that never seemed to let go are gone. I still have tightness/knots but a few minutes with the foam roller and they are resolved vs an hour/day using the foam roller with no improvements on tightness/knots.
Since things have calmed down, I have not been taking any of the vitamin supplements that I had been previously (including the VitronC) and I don't feel like I need them. I feel good, have energy, am not fatigued etc. I will keep with the Daily MultiVitamin just to cover the bases, but can save some money without all of the others:-)
I can not thank you enough!!!! After 8 years of no answers and lots of frustration from being made to think that I was making all of this up, you figured it out in only a few minutes. Good thing for Julie and RunFest or I would never have met you. Thank you!