Happy Clients

“I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Sarah, her knowledge, compassion, friendliness and caring approach to help make people better is outstanding.

Knowing that she is always there if I need anything is a great comfort and without her I wouldn’t have come as far as I have.”
— S. Richards
 

RESHAPE

I am very happy I found Sarah!

4 years ago, I gave birth to a gorgeous pair of twins. But the pregnancy took a toll on my body. I started putting on a lot of weight and whatever I did, I could not shift it. I was depressed and hated my body. I even stopped being in the pictures with my kids because I hated the way I looked in them. On top of that, I was in pain all the time. I was bloated, almost everything I ate hurt me. I had a really bad relationship with food.

I tried all kind of diets and I also paid £1,000 to a private clinic for nutrition expertise and personal training. Nothing seemed to work, my weight was still going up. I was in a very bad place, both physically and mentally.

One day I finally decided to make one more effort and to find professional help. And I did, I found Sarah. She was very friendly and compassionate from our first session. She starting analyzing my eating habits and went deep into the details to understand the source of my pain. She firstly asked me to do some tests (the complete hormonal panel and a DNA test). When the results came back, it was absolutely clear: I was lactose intolerant. That was a huge blow for me as I mad for dairy. But Sarah helped me understand what I can and cannot eat, what the right amounts are and how to achieve a balance in my diet. She explained what my options are and what the healthy alternatives to dairy were.

With her support I lost 6 kg in the first month and another 5 in the following 2. When I started out with Sarah, I was size 14 going onto 16 and now I am size 10. I feel amazing, I started exercising again and I love looking at myself in the mirror. No point in saying I now show up in all my kids' pictures.

We did hit a few bumps on the way (before we got the test results), but Sarah would not give up on me and she supported me all the time. Anytime I needed some advice or someone to talk to, she was just a phone call / email away. I was a difficult and emotional journey, but it has changed me completely.

I think it is safe to say that I am where I am because of Sarah. She helped me love myself again and appreciate life!

Thank you Sarah, for changing my life!

- Cris Pirlea, Daventry

 

I’ve done every diet ever invented and thought I knew everything there was to know about how to eat healthily. Sarah taught me so much about the foods that were particularly good (and bad) for me and where I was going wrong. She showed me how much I actually didn’t know about eating for good health and how important this is when losing weight, rather than just keeping calories to a minimum.

The result? I have so much more energy, I feel better, my skin is not dry any longer, my hair is much more shiny and smooth and I’ve lost weight! Sarah has put me on a new track for life. She is lovely to work with and makes the process enjoyable while helping you stick to your healthy goals.”

- Mary Keeley, Executive Coach and Communications Specialist, Stratford-upon-Avon

 

For most of my adult life I’ve been what I always described as “chunky”. I’m reasonably fit and exercise a lot, and over the years any attempts to “lose a few pounds” were generally half-hearted and always failed. They were always based on trying to exercise more rather than address my diet, probably because I rather enjoy eating and didn’t want to face having that curtailed.

I’ve now reached an age when looking after myself has become more of a priority, and the health risk indicators seem to mean more. So I decided to do something about it, and was honest enough with myself to recognise I needed to do something about what I ate rather than how much I exercised.

I found all manner of information on the internet, in books and from amateur experts. There is a lot of it, and a lot of it is contradictory. Frankly I didn’t feel qualified to put the various pieces of information together in a way that would give me a programme that worked, so I decided to turn to an expert.

I found Sarah Grant through www.nutritionist-resource.org.uk, and seeking her out was one of the best things I’ve ever done.

Right from the first contact her approach inspired confidence. She set out by listening to me, learning about what I wanted to achieve (and how much I wanted to achieve it), what I ate, why I ate, how I felt, what made me feel good, what made me feel bad, and took the time to study my diet as it was then.

From this she diagnosed my issue and proposed an approach to address this, and one that would also work with my personality and lifestyle. She then worked with me to make the transition, not by imposing a strict regime but by making a series of adjustments that allowed me to adapt over the space of a few weeks.

She has never once talked to me about calorie counting. Her approach has been to get me to a healthy approach to nutrition that works for me, and the calories would look after themselves.

Along the way she also took the time to explain the science behind the changes I was making in a way that was easy to digest (no pun) and allowed me to understand why my new “system” was working. I think this has been one of the most important tools Sarah has given me as it means I can now make good food decisions in all situations rather than relying on a rigid prescribed plan.

I’m now 12 weeks in and I’ve lost 10kg. I’m really pleased with this but it isn’t anywhere near the top of the list of things I’ve gained. My key health indicators are now in a healthy range; I’m fitter and able to exercise longer and harder; I sleep better; and believe it or not I actually enjoy food more.  

The best thing though is the way I feel. I simply would not have believed how much better this switch to clean eating would make me feel. I feel well all the time, I’m full of energy, I have a more positive outlook (although I’m pretty optimistic anyway), and I’m better to be around.

This is the real payback, and if I ever need motivation to stick at it this will be it. The weight loss is just a positive side effect, although I do quite enjoy shopping for clothes that look good rather than just disguise the bulges!

The thing is I don’t really need the motivation. My approach to nutrition has changed completely and permanently. I started getting payback within a couple of weeks of starting and since then it’s never once occurred to me to have a “blow-out” or a “treat”.  I don’t see it as a regime I need to work at and stick to, or a discomfort I must endure to get a result. It’s just what I do now.

As an illustration bread used to me my big thing. I loved bread and ate it at every opportunity and at most meals. Sarah worked out it wasn’t doing me much good, and when she first recommended I cut it right back I laughed out loud. This was a step to far and something that just wasn’t going to happen. But it did, and I don’t miss it at all. Now I keep bread in the freezer because a loaf lasts me so long!

Thanks to Sarah I have a system that I trust and enough knowledge to make good decisions about my nutrition. I know it works, and that if I do the right things then then right things will happen.

I can’t recommend Sarah Grant highly enough. If you feel you’d like to do something about your weight or wellness but don’t know how to start then get in touch with her. An email or phone call is free and easy, and involves no commitment other than a few minutes of your time. And it might just change your life.

- Ian Pickering, Kenilworth

REBALANCE

"Over the last couple of years I’d suffered from a number of health issues including Shingles, low immune, stress & hormone related problems. I had a high cholesterol level of 7.5 which was surprising as I didn’t eat the things normally associated with it.

Thinking it must be genetic but wanting to avoid Statins, I put myself on a self imposed fat free diet for 3 months. I lost a stone and ‘successfully’ reduced my Cholesterol to an ‘acceptable’ 6.4.  However, it wasn’t sustainable and I didn’t look or feel well.

Exercising regularly,  I would often suffer dizzy and light headed episodes and have big ‘sugar drops’! I ate little and often to manage the sugar drops following what was considered a generally healthy diet!

Following a routine blood test this summer, I was advised that my cholesterol had gone up slightly but more importantly my blood glucose level was so high I was at risk of type 2 diabetes. I was really shocked. It just didn’t make sense, I rarely ate sugary foods or drinks and rarely drank more than one unit of alcohol a week. I also exercised a minimum of 3 to 4 times a week.

I’d met Sarah at a networking event earlier in the year where she’d given an excellent talk about health and nutrition. I’d admired her strongly scientific yet holistic approach and decided it was time to give her a call!

Sarah listened to me, heard my confusion, looked at my food diary, and assured me that with a few minor changes she was confident that I could reduce both my glucose and cholesterol levels.

She gave me a plan to follow, including recipes and suggested some new cookery books that were family friendly too. She was available when I needed help or advice and was supportive throughout the process.

Over 10 weeks my cholesterol level reduced to 5.4 the lowest its ever been (despite eating healthy full fats!) and my glucose levels are normal!

Sarah changed the type of carbohydrates that I eat, and increased the protein and healthy fats. All are easily sustainable lifelong changes. I no longer need snacks to stop sugar drops as I simply don’t get them anymore! I’ve lost 3/4 of a stone which wasn’t necessarily a goal but a healthy bonus, and I have so much more energy.

I can’t recommend Sarah highly enough. I was genuinely astounded and delighted to have achieved such amazing results. Thank you so much Sarah.

- Nicky Robinson

 

What was life like for you before we started working together?

Mostly one of frustration,  Having researched a lot of information and carried out a number of tests, and also seen 4 other dieticians/nutritionists as well as GPs and a gastro enterologist, it was about trying to find a root cause, or at least a way to manage the symptoms

How would you describe your experience of working with me?

It was great to work with someone who had themselves been in the same position.  Your approach is very methodological so that I could understand what particular areas we were testing and how each piece of information was part of a jigsaw.  I learned that it wasn't one particular thing that was the cause but a whole range of different contributing elements.  Also, that I have patterns of behaviour which are hard to change after so many years, but that also may be contributing to the problem.

What results have you achieved that you are most happy about?

Probably the results of the various tests in building a picture of the different aspects to look at.  Also the discussion and detailed analysis of my diet and what impact that may be having.

What would you say to someone who is thinking about working with me? 

I'd highly recommend you as someone who is both very approachable, with a highly personal and caring approach that also has a scientific, rational approach looking at a wide variety of methods to get to the bottom of the problem.

- Diane Jones, Warwickshire 

 

A friend recommended Sarah when I was struggling to find the help I needed to get better.  I have a digestive disorder and a chronic episode left me in pain, exhausted and feeling lost.  

Meeting Sarah and talking to her about the difficulties I was experiencing in a safe, supportive and open environment enabled her to analyse, report and make recommendations to help me get better.

Sarah is great at explaining things in a way you can understand and has a great drive and desire to find a solution that is right for you.  

I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Sarah, her knowledge, compassion, friendliness and caring approach to help make people better is outstanding.  

Knowing that she is always there if I need anything is a great comfort and without her I wouldn’t have come as far as I have.  I can’t thank her enough for the help, support and advice she has given me…she has made my quality of life so much better than it was, and for that I will be forever grateful."

- Sarah R, Worcester

 

"Sarah's in-depth, sensitive and highly professional approach led us to discover an underlying problem which has troubled me for years.

I have no hesitation in recommending an initial consultation with Sarah and a course of treatment in order to establish the best way for you to assess and resolve your condition and improve your quality of life Thank you!"

- Rebecca Vaughan, Warwick

 

Sarah Grant has been a godsend and after suffering from IBS for 10+ years, it has been eye opening spending time with her.

Through the NHS I had been advised to look at the major culprits such as wheat, dairy and gluten. Sarah took things a step further and introduced me to the concept of FODMAPs which introduced me to new theories, and I discovered intolerances which I would never have considered before.

Sarah helped me work through food groups and although it takes time to identify your intolerant food groups she is there with continuous encouragement.

Sarah will take an in depth history and work with your personal needs and lifestyle. What is also refreshing is Sarah's passion for using natural supplements; not to cure you, but aid digestion and compliment your FODMAP process.

I am never good with words when it comes down to thinking of writing my experiences down, but be patient and Sarah is behind you all the way!!!!!!"

- Amelia Lamb, Worcester

 

I contacted Sarah after suffering with stomach and gut troubles for a while. She has helped me to understand the causes of the issues, and is highly knowledgeable on how different areas of the body are linked, and at the effects of small, targeted changes.

By instituting a diet plan, Sarah has helped me to feel myself again. Whilst I am not fully cured, her advice has allowed me to manage my symptoms, and to feel more awake and clear-headed in the mornings. As an added bonus, I'm losing weight!

Sarah is very approachable and friendly, and goes the extra mile outside of consultations in working to find the best personally tailored solution. I would highly recommend her to anyone looking for help with digestive or dietary issues.

- David Newstead, Warwickshire

REJUVENATE

I started working with Sarah because I wanted to improve my running times. I knew a fair amount about nutrition but had a few psychological things holding me back from putting it into practice. Sarah's sessions dealt with the emotional barriers I had so she could re-connect me with eating well. She also expanded my knowledge of nutrition and suggested supplements and an eating plan to fit my specific needs.

I cannot rate her highly enough. Following my 8 week plan I am putting the theory into practice and making better choices for myself and my running times!! For me it was about changing my mindset and Sarah's support and guidance empowered me to do that for myself :-)

- Sarah Windrum, Leamington Spa

 

When I first met with Sarah I was at an all time low! I was lacking in energy, had painful facial acne, and felt like I'd tried just about everything (including endless antibiotics) to get me back on track, but nothing seemed to work! But within less than three months not only has my skin cleared up and my energy returned but I've learnt a huge amount about how my body responds to certain foods and supplements.

I train 4-5 times a week and working with Sarah has helped me to take my training and physique to a whole new level!

Whether you have a particular health issue, or just want to learn how to improve your overall health and wellbeing, everyone can benefit from Sarah's knowledge and expertise!

- Kate Swinson, Avon Dassett

 

I had spent a number of years trying to get my diet right to suit my active lifestyle which had resulted in issues such as low energy, difficulties on a hormonal level and sitting at weight that wasn't right for my body.

All it took for me was one consultation with Sarah, through her individual, detailed approach and expert knowledge I came away with a great understanding of what exactly I needed to do to rectify my concerns.

Sarah formed a clear action plan for me to implement straight away and within one month I saw massive changes, achieving what I had been trying to do for years!!

I cant thank Sarah enough for the help and support that she has given me and I would highly recommend her services!

Big thank you Sarah

- Aine Gallager, Birmingham

 

I really enjoy working with Sarah. She is the first nutritionist I met, who did not try to put together a diet plan that I know would not work in my busy life. Instead, I have been provided with a lot of information about how can I make simple changes in my habits that will not only reduce my weight but lead to healthy lifestyle.

Sarah is and inspirational person, professional and knowledgeable and I am very pleased I have found her. I am looking forward to future cooperation and seeing the end results!’

- Agnieszka, Leamington Spa

 

Sarah is very knowledgeable and easy to talk to, she offers an excellent individualised service, with the program very much tailored to the client's needs.  

Once I began following her recommendations I started seeing positive results within just a few days and at the end of the program I felt like a completely different person! I would definitely recommend Gut Reaction! Thanks again Sarah."

- Mark Fraczek, Leamington Spa

 

"I first went to see Sarah as I was constantly feeling tired with low energy levels, which I suspected were diet related.  Sarah went through a thorough assessment of my diet and lifestyle and soon highlighted the need to reduce my sugar intake.  Her simple explanation helped me to understand the harmful effects of excess sugar and supported this with easy to understand literature.

The simple changes she recommended were easy to make and the results were soon noticeable. A secondary benefit was a loss of weight. I would definitely recommend Sarah."

- Mark Ritchie, Leamington Spa

 

"I had put up with irregular bowel habits for so long I thought it was normal ... an indepth quetsionnaire and most professional consultation with Sarah revealed a potential magnesium deficiency. A minor shift in eating habits as recommended and the correct supplement and I am sorted! Thank you Sarah!"

- J. Reed, Shipston-on-Stour

 

Meeting up with Sarah has changed my life. I had been suffering for years and after just one consultation with Sarah and implementing the changes to my diet she recommended, I felt much better within a few days. My problems have now all gone. It all seemed so simple. Thank you SO much Sarah.

- Diane James, Kenilworth