Can Nutritional Therapy Help With Conquering IBS?

May 1, 2017


Trying to navigate the mindfield that is the low fodmap diet has been really hard. I am still in the elimination phase and just when I think I have worked out what is triggering my IBS … Bam! I get another attack.

When Jenna from offered the chance for a few of her readers to have a free nutritional consultation in exchange for an honest review I jumped at the chance in the hope I could finally combat my belly issues.

Jenna is a qualified Nutritional Therapist and suffers herself with Inflammatory Bowel Disease so it was lovely to speak to someone who actually has an idea of what goes on in the old bowel department.

I asked Jenna if she could tell you all a little bit about herself …

“Hi I’m Jenna- I am Nutritional Therapist who specialises in gut health. I started studying nutrition almost 3 years ago when diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease. In 2017, I completed my Nutritional Therapy qualification and am accredited by the Federation of Nutritional Therapists. My blog A Balanced Belly has lots of advice on nutrition and gut health”

Our consultation lasted for 60 mins and was initially meant to take place via Skype however as I am a bit clueless when it comes to skyping we decided to have a chat via facebook. This was perfect as could cosy up on the couch in my PJ’s whilst we were chatting.

We started off with a bit of background into my symptoms and what supplements (if any) I was taking. I was intrigued to hear that Jenna was not a huge fan of the low fodmap diet. Instead she suggested that I try to have protein at every meal and to consider eliminating dairy for a short period of time to help heal my gut.

Prior to our consultation I had completed a food diary and we spent some time going over it. Jenna immediately picked up on the fact that I rarely eat breakfast so she offered some suggestions for me such as smoothies or porridge. I recognise that I do need to make more of an effort to have breakfast but unfortunately I am not a huge fan of smoothies or porridge so I am going to look into alternatives especially when I am not working.

Jenna was able to offer suggestions where I could incorporate more protein into my diet by offering a sample food plan which was a great help. With the addition of some supplements such as digestive enzymes I have some great ideas to help control my IBS.

There was such a lot to take in so I was really pleased when Jenna sent over a typed copy of our session. I found this really helpful as I can refer back to it when needed.

Overall I found the session really helpful and I would reccomend that anyone who is suffering with any digestive issues seek the help of a nutritionalist.

My session has certainly given me some food for thought and I will certainly be putting some of Jenna’s suggestions into practise!

A session with Jenna normally costs £60 and can take place either face to face, over the phone or via skype. If you feel that you need a little bit more help then there are other packages available so please do check out Jenna’s Blog for more details.



  • Kavey at Kavey Eats

    May 2, 2017 at 7:44 pm

    I was diagnosed with IBS about 20 years ago, after lots of tests ruled anything more serious out. But my specialist told me that not all IBS sufferers respond to dietary changes in terms of reducing the frequency and/ or severity of their symptoms. I experimented, but found that what I ate didn’t seem to make much difference back then. More recently I have found that it flares if I consume too much dairy in a given week, though I can have a fair bit in one meal as long as it’s not several meals in a row. Luckily, I’ve also found that my symptoms are not as bad these days as they used to be, and I believe some of that is down to a reduction in stress – even now the flare ups nearly always coincide with my being really stressed or worried about something. Anyway, hope you find some respite from your symptoms.
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  • Julie Syl Kalungi

    May 2, 2017 at 8:20 pm

    Nutritional therapy is essentisl for us all, we are what we eat! I know a lady who has managed their IBS completely through what they eat!

  • Stephanie Usher

    May 7, 2017 at 12:26 pm

    This is really interesting! I’m actually in the middle of working out what causes my IBS! xx
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  • Choclette

    May 7, 2017 at 12:29 pm

    IBS is horrible and its so hard to work out what triggers it. I hope this session has helped and your new eating plan works for you.
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  • Jenni

    May 7, 2017 at 2:46 pm

    I will pass this onto my mum. She has IBS and can really suffer with it. This may be helpful to her. I hope your new eating plan works.

  • Colette

    May 7, 2017 at 5:18 pm

    I hope you really feel the benefits of the changes that were suggested to you. I know it’s a hard condition to live with.
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  • Erin Ek Rush

    May 7, 2017 at 9:18 pm

    I’ve had friends have really good results from meeting with nutritionists! I hope you feel better with her advice!

  • Jenny

    May 7, 2017 at 11:21 pm

    Dairy is my trigger too. I’m so much happier when I limit my intake.
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  • Becca Talbot

    May 8, 2017 at 9:08 am

    Hopefully the changes that were suggested to you by Jenna will help with your symptoms! Good luck xx

  • Helen

    May 8, 2017 at 12:31 pm

    It must be so hard and frustrating trying to figure out what is causing your problems. I hope the advice Jenna has given you works and you feel better.

  • Louise

    May 8, 2017 at 9:43 pm

    My friend has IBS so I’m forwarding this post for her to take a look at. It’s such a hard condition to have to live with. Sending big hugs your way.

    Louise x
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  • Sarah

    May 8, 2017 at 11:06 pm

    My mum suffers from IBS, and I can just see how hard it can be for her. I will pass along some of these tips! Thank you!
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  • Louise Joy

    May 9, 2017 at 8:16 pm

    There are some interesting points here, I also often skip breakfast too and keep meaning to change this! x

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