Does it feel like you’ve tried everything under the sun for your IBS?
… cut out certain foods… avoided whole food groups like carbs or fruit and veggies… followed various diets, like Keto, Carnivore, low FODMAP, gone vegan… your physician’s prescribed you various medications… you’ve bought over-the-counter medications… you’ve tried shedloads of natural and herbal remedies… read a ton of magazine and social media articles, books, and tried several therapists?
Despite all this, nothing seems to have helped your symptoms?
Or maybe you’re like some men, who have no idea where to start or what to do? And you haven’t yet tried anything?
But either way, you know enough is enough. You know you can’t continue like this. You want your symptoms under control.
Doing things by yourself can be difficult.
How many times have you been to the gym and asked a mate or someone to spot for you, so you don’t end up crushing yourself? …or someone’s asked you to spot for them?
You can’t be expected to know everything
How can you possibly know what’s best – you can’t know everything about everything. So why burden yourself? There’s nothing to be ashamed of though. Some of my clients have been medical doctors, because nutrition isn’t their specialty and they knew they needed to get the help of a Dietitian.
I appreciate it can take a lot to admit when you don’t know something and accept you need help. And to pluck up the courage to go out and seek it.
IBS is more than just a gippy tummy
IBS is a complex condition and is more than just a bit of a gippy tummy that hits you now and again. So a bit of “healthy eating” isn’t going to cut it. And I hear this all the time; people telling you to just “eat healthy” or “eat clean” and that’ll soon sort it out. But that isn’t the case. And maybe you’ve realised this for yourself – you eat healthy but still suffering? It doesn’t seem fair, eh.
You’re an intelligent guy so surely you can figure it by yourself?
Trying to figure out how to manage your IBS by yourself can seem like the best way because it saves you talking about it with a health professional. Which can understandably be embarrassing, even for the most confident among us.
It can seem like the easiest option too. Because you just have to do a bit of research. Ask questions to a few random strangers who don’t know you, so it doesn’t matter if you feel awkward or embarrassed because you don’t have to (virtually) see them again. Try what they recommend. And then Bob’s your uncle, IBS under control (or not).
It can seem like DIY’ing it is the cheapest option as well, because you don’t have to pay to see a health professional and there’s mountains and mountains of free info and advice out there, so why pay for help, right?
Googling IBS relief is like wading through a truck full of jumbled jigsaw pieces in search for your own personal puzzle
You can try trawling through all the millions of search results in an attempt to find the correct information. And the right information that’s relevant to you and your personal situation (because everyone is different). But it’s not always easy knowing what info to dodge. Or if you’ve implemented it correctly.
It’s a minefield
If I didn’t know how to do a clean and press I could search online and be faced with over 1.5 Billion results. But without help from a ninja personal trainer who can explain and demonstrate the exercise and technique to me, watch me, and critique and correct me, I could do my best to copy the exercise online but obliviously be doing it totally wrong. And risk injuring myself.
And it’s exactly the same with IBS.
You don’t know what you don’t know.
You need someone to take you through everything. Guide you. Support you. Encourage you. Course correct. And help you avoid harm and injury along the way.
I love helping men overcome their IBS so they can lead a more fulfilled life, doing the things they love, whether it’s crushing it in the gym, on the road or in the pool, spending quality time with family, or socialising with friends.
But I realise I’m not for everyone. And here’s 3 reasons why you should not work with me to help you manage your IBS…
1. Don’t work with me if you think there’s a cure for your IBS
Honestly I’d give you a cure if I could, but there isn’t one despite what some so-called experts might try have you believe.
I can help you and make your journey way easier. But you need to first have a confirmed medical diagnosis of IBS from your physician. As it might not even be IBS. There are loads of gut conditions that have similar symptoms, but they each require a different strategy. It would be like popping the hood on a Bentley Continental GT (petrol) and trying to find and fix an engine issue the same way as a 1936 Mercedes Benz 260 D (diesel).
Taking control of your symptoms takes commitment and effort … along with help and support from a qualified and experienced Dietitian. They can remove the guesswork for you. They can give you a tailored plan based on proven scientific evidence – not wing it and cross your fingers and ply you with countless (and unnecessary) supplements.
Since there isn’t a cure for IBS, we’re reliant on managing your symptoms to give you the best possible outcome. And the best quality of life. I know this doesn’t sound anywhere near as juicy and tempting as curing your IBS, but that’s where we’re at, scientifically and medically.
“Quick Fixes” and “Silver bullets” don’t exist
If you’re after a quick fix, I can’t help you. The quick fix I can give you is that I know you’ll be in control of your IBS quicker and easier with me, than you will without me.
I can give you a step-by-step game plan for managing your symptoms and taking control of your IBS. But, even though I can make it as simple as possible for you, simple doesn’t mean EASY.
Every client I see is an extraordinary individual that’s showed up coachable, motivated and ready for action. And with my help they’ve overcome challenges and overwhelm, and earned their success.
If there was a cure for your IBS I would gladly give you it.
2. Don’t work with me if you’re not 100% committed to learning how to control your IBS
You need to be committed. I can’t do everything for you. And you’re the one that has to live with your IBS. Every. Single. Day. Day in. Day out. You know yourself better than anyone.
But what you don’t know, or you wouldn’t be here, is how to manage your IBS. So, with my knowledge, guidance and support, I can give you all the tools you need to help yourself.
But you need to be committed. Half-hearted effort will give you half-hearted results.
3. Don’t work with me if you think I’m going to give you a load of food lists and leave you to get on with it
So many people get information from the internet (which may or may not be correct information), download food lists of what to avoid, or get lists off friends or family who all mean well and are trying to be helpful. Buying remedies and supplements. But none of that stuff works.
You need to have the right information. You need guidance and support. A plane can fly itself. But the pilot has to program it first – to input all the details and the right information, before it will go anywhere it needs to go.
Who Do I Work With?
Men with a confirmed diagnosis of IBS.
If you don’t have a diagnosis yet, speak to your physician. And tell them all about your symptoms.
I work with men that are willing to take action. Men that want to listen and learn. Men that have dedication and patience, because they realise things don’t always happen immediately.
You can’t expect to go to the gym having never trained before and be able to deadlift 257Kg. Or go to the gym once and walk out ripped and as strong as 10 strong men.
Things take time, dedication and effort. And applied knowledge. If you perform a lift with the wrong technique and posture, you’re going to do yourself an injury. But having knowledge, support and guidance from a qualified and experience personal trainer, you can do a safe lift.
To your best health 💪
N.B. It is crucial to get your food and fluid intake right if you want to control your IBS symptoms and if you want train harder, go faster and recover quicker from training sessions and competitions. Dietary requirements are highly individualised and there’s no ‘one size fits all’ approach. Working with a Registered Clinical & Sports Dietitian to develop a bespoke plan based on your unique requirements will help to ensure the most appropriate strategy and best results are achieved.
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