“I have suffered from IBS for most of my life on and off and have tried many different ways of finding out what causes it and how to relieve the symptoms. Many years ago, I did an elimination diet which showed me that food was certainly a factor but didn’t really identify the culprits. Over the years I have cut various things from my diet without any real evidence. I had read about the low FODMAP diet and talked to my GP about trying it. I searched on the internet for a dietician who could help me and I found Mairi who specialises in IBS and from her website seemed to be very knowledgeable about the diet. I had a 15-minute initial conversation on the phone and immediately felt comfortable. This was followed by a consultation where she looked at my diet and advised me on beginning the low FODMAP diet. I went back after six weeks and she advised me on the reintroductions. I have since had another consultation. I have found her very professional and helpful and I have emailed her a couple of times to ask questions. I don’t think I would have had the confidence to follow the diet through without her help. It has certainly benefitted me and I am so pleased I found Mairi. I would highly recommend her to anyone who wants to follow the low FODMAP diet to help their symptoms. If you can discover which foods you are reacting to and what are the safe quantities for you, it will give you a better quality of life, and with Mairi’s expertise and support you should be successful!”
Barbara Thomas (IBS) July 2020
“I had been through a very emotional time that had exhausted me and left me with little capacity to make good decisions and so I had gained around 10 Kgs of additional weight. I was also completely lost in a plethora of ‘healthy eating advice’ which seems to change weekly or even daily.
I selected Mairi as she was local but not so close that there would be a conflict of personal/ professional crossover although this would no longer concern me. After the 15 min telephone consultant with Mairi I felt we could work well together and I would be supported. I was in control and could choose what I needed and suited me.
Face to face, simple easy advice. Challenging me to identify and change weaknesses to achieve my goal. Strangely I enjoyed my food more after my consultations.
Achieving my goal in 3 months was pretty good!
The service has benefitted my life in numerous ways – I have far more energy and I cope with day-to-day challenges better. My body is fit and strong and people notice this. I’ve also reduced my shopping bill, and been able to put more thought into the food I buy (so reduce waste, buying more seasonally and with less plastic). This is measurable by my kitchen bin not getting full week to week.
Best decision I made and it is not expensive but you do have to be prepared and commit. Give yourself time to think and change your behaviours. It is an investment in your future and health”.
JB (Weight Management) January 2020
“After many years struggling with my digestive system and really not getting much relief from prescribed medication, I decided that I was in so much discomfort and fed up of having no energy that I needed to try another path. I had been looking at articles on the internet and thought a dietician might help me. I looked at the BDA website and came across Mairi. Mairi’s website was also very informative and gave me some hope that my first consultation might be the beginning of my route to some relief. Mairi is an extremely kind and caring person. She is easy to talk to and actually understands how you are feeling. She never makes you feel rushed even though like me, I felt I had a list of things to talk through. I was able to have consultations over Skype which meant I didn’t have to travel and could easily fit them around family and work. After making the decision to try the low FODMAP diet, Mairi guided me through the wealth of food groups and information. She sent me guides, recipes, suggested phone apps and probiotics to help. I felt supported through the whole process. I learnt an awful lot about what my body was reacting to, what to avoid and how to reintroduce foods slowly. When things weren’t going so well, she made suggestions that got me back on track. It is a few months since I finished the consultations but Mairi keeps in touch to see how I am doing. I am feeling so much better now. I know what foods I react to and what I need to avoid. It has changed the way I eat for the better.
I would recommend Mairi to anyone who is struggling with their digestive health. With Mairi’s knowledge and support you can make small changes to your diet that can make an enormous difference to how you feel overall”.
Anne H, (IBS) – March 2019
“I had spent close to 2 years suffering from severe stomach upset, specifically, pain after eating and the need to burp to get any relief. I was losing days by just having to lie in bed with a hot water bottle on my stomach. It was affecting my quality of life. I wanted to see someone local and found Mairi. I liked the sound of her from other people’s testimonials. Mairi was kind and listened. She gave me some diet tips to start implementing, which were easy to do, and she lent me a book on IBS. Now that I know I have IBS, I am able to combine medication from my GP with Mairi’s advice on drinking more water, having flaxseed, Activia, walking and avoiding trigger foods. If you are considering contacting Mairi, I would say ‘Don’t suffer alone or in silence. Help is out there. Take the first step towards getting better and see Mairi.”
Clare H, Cambridge (February 2019) -IBS
“Mairi is very passionate about what she does. At every step, she’s there to answer questions and explains the intricacies of FODMAPs and nutrition so that not only do you end up with a plan that works for you, but you understand enough to be able to modify it on your own. Having suffered from IBS for a number of years, I am now able to control my symptoms thanks to a personalised diet and much greater knowledge of my trigger foods and levels. For anyone with IBS or similar ailments, I highly recommend her service”.
Marion Cable (August 2018) – IBS
‘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 a 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 achieve 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 on 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