‘After years of suffering from IBS and constipation which I thought was stress related after various medical investigations proved inconclusive, Mairi’s expert advice has been life-changing as I am now totally cured. I no longer suffer from painful bloating, heartburn, embarrassing stomach rumbling and painful kidneys. I am elated that the cycle of being constipated all week then taking laxatives at the weekend is a thing of the past and I now have normal, regular bowel movements often daily. I haven’t taken a Zantac, laxative or spent the evening with a hot water bottle on my stomach for six months and I can now plan my daily life without having to worry about when I should take the next laxative. Initially, Mairi advised increasing my water intake and consuming flaxseeds daily which help with constipation but not the bloating and cramping. She also advised trialling a Probiotic. As my symptoms had not resolved, she then advised me on the FODMAP diet to eliminate trigger foods. However, after taking a three-month course of the Probiotic, to introduce good bacteria to my gut I can now eat all foods with the exception of some dairy products. I continue to use flaxseeds and I now consume fermented foods such as kefir, homemade natural yoghurt and sauerkraut daily to keep my gut happy. I can’t recommend Mairi highly enough.’
Anonymous (March 2018) – IBS
“I went to see Mairi with a serious stomach ailment, which I was finding hard to cope with. The illness was making me feel anxious and I was at a real low ebb when I had my appointment with Mairi. I chose her because she’s so accessible, with excellent feedback on her website and facebook page. I found her to be a brilliant listener, and she gave me some very helpful written guidance, as well as clear verbal guidance on the day. Although my illness is unlikely to go away, Mairi’s excellent advice about my diet and nutrition is helping me cope it much more effectively. I would recommend Mairi to anyone with a dietary issue, because she’s so knowledgeable and caring. It’s obvious that she takes her job extremely seriously and loves helping her patients to get well”.
Kate February 2018
“I had been suffering from a very sore and bloated tummy for almost a year when I decided to finally get in touch with Mairi. I had tried many things including herbal remedies, medication and changing my diet – none of which gave me relief from my discomfort.
I spoke to Mairi on the phone at my lowest point, she listened and was kind, which made me feel comfortable to talk to her about my symptoms.
We talked through all of my symptoms, which at the time were severe, and Mairi explained how the FODMAP diet could help me. I had read about the diet online but was nervous to try it and not sure it would be worth it, Mairi’s reassurance and guidance throughout helped me to see the plan through.
I couldn’t be happier with the results. It is not an exaggeration to say it has changed my life; I am no longer uncomfortable every day and I can enjoy what I am eating again without the anxiety I had. I have learned what my triggers are so I can manage my diet in a healthy way.
I would encourage anyone with IBS symptoms to get in touch with Mairi, I wish I had done sooner, it is not worth the hesitation”.
Ciara Harris (November 2017) – IBS
”After chatting to a family member, I realised I was accepting ‘as normal for me’ symptoms clearly related to IBS. This was when I first heard about the Low Fodmap diet backed by research from King’s College London and The Monash University Melbourne; this diet is a solution to managing IBS.
I searched online for a dietician qualified in the theory and application of the diet and was fortunate to find Mairi’s service in my area.
There is free parking available, and the consulting environment is modern, spacious and quiet, the length of appointments provide ample time for consultation and discussion.
Mairi understood that I wished to ease my symptoms at the same time as eating healthily and find a diet to follow for optimum health now and in the future.
Mairi listens well and provides solutions to follow in written form given at the end of the consultation together with additional literature and information. This provides a valuable source to consult whilst carrying out any dietary changes advised. She welcomes contact between appointments providing advice and support if needed.
I do not hesitate in recommending Mairi as a dietician with effective solutions for treating IBS”.
Louise W (September 2017) – IBS
“I had been struggling to find a sustainable way to manage my weight for years and was getting tired of the constant battle with myself. I was happy to make changes but wanted a set of rules to follow that would produce long-term results. A friend and colleague had recently lost weight and I asked her how she was doing it – she recommended Mairi and explained that her weight loss was due to a calorie controlled approach that combined set numbers of measured portions of the different food groups (protein, carbohydrates, fruit & veg etc.). Portion control is something I had always struggled with, so this appealed to me. Mairi was lovely and worked with me to understand my motivations for managing my weight as well as the obstacles I have to achieving weight loss – suggesting ways I could try to overcome those obstacles. She was never critical, even when I wasn’t doing very well and encouraged me to adopt a ‘lifetime change in eating habits’ so that the occasional slip could be overcome by just restarting. Mairi has given me the tools to manage my weight by setting a daily calorie limit (including a bit extra for the odd treat) and helping me to understand what a ‘portion’ is. I would happily recommend the service to anyone who is looking for a proven and supportive approach that will enable you to achieve weight loss and improve your health”.
Claire Penny (July 2017) – Weight Loss
”I decided to see a dietician after ready an article in the Telegraph about FODMAPS; and thought this approach may help my symptoms (my diet was already gluten-free). I searched in the Cambridge area for a dietician offering FODMAP advice. I chose Mairi because she is a clinical dietician working part-time in the NHS and privately too; she had also been trained at King’s College London specifically on the FODMAP diet where it was developed. Mairi’s medical background was an important factor in choosing her.
Mairi struck me as having a very caring manner and an understanding of my difficulties. She listened to me and I felt at ease with her and able to discuss my symptoms quite openly. Mairi assured me that if she was unable to help me she would refer me elsewhere.
Mairi and the FODMAP diet have helped me lead a normal life, free of anxiety, pain and bloating. I have found someone that I can trust and if need be will use her again without hesitation”.
Pauline (July 2017) – IBS
“Working with Mairi Huntly has been a really positive experience for me, and has helped me to change my eating patterns for good. Over the years I had put on a lot of weight which I was finding very hard to reduce, although I was generally eating the right kinds of things. I wanted to find out where things were going wrong, and so the chance to talk things over with Mairi (whose contact details I found online) was ideal for me. She immediately replaced the negative idea of yet another ‘diet’, with the positive vision of eating well, but in a balanced plan and measured portions. The six face-to-face sessions that are part of the programme have been warm and encouraging: Mairi is a great fund of professional tips and recipes and a firm and friendly guide”.
Dr Janet Huskinson (March 2017) – Weight Loss
”I had lived with a weight problem for many years and finally decided I needed some professional help. I discovered Cambridge Dietitian via the internet and at the first visit realised I had made a good choice. Mairi was approachable, easy to understand and above all very well qualified. She guided me through a change in eating habits with brilliant dietary advice and gently encouraged me during the struggles. Life is now very different, new clothes, more exercise, feeling healthy and above all feeling good about myself. I would thoroughly recommend her services”.
Mary Irish (March 2017) – Weight Loss