I reached out to Carla when I made the decision to sign up for the Dublin marathon. I had been training in the gym for a few years, building up my fitness and making some changes. Those changes were grand for me in the beginning but I found myself at a point where I had cut out a lot of foods and was becoming a bit worried that I wasn't fuelling right for the extra workload of training for a marathon. Carla was really helpful from a sports nutrition point of view, but she took a lot of time with me in the first few sessions to really look at my relationship with food and how to begin repairing that first. It was challenging but worthwhile and I'm delighted with where I am now.
I was diagnosed with fatty liver about a year ago but not given much advice about what to do next. I searched online for a nutritionist that could help me and found Wild Healthy. I had no expectations and thought if I just had one session to help me understand what the diagnosis meant and get some tips I could manage the rest myself. I had 6 sessions with Carla in total over the last year, and my GP was encouraged by my repeat blood tests - my bad cholesterol was lower, my triglycerides were lower, my long term sugars were better, and my liver enzymes had almost normalised. I've learned a lot about myself too - I find change a bit difficult - but Carla respected the pace I was able to go at.
Having a diagnosis of H-Pylori, I really wanted to get advice on my digestive health. I was also keen to get nutritional advice as my partner and I were planning to try for a baby in the coming months. Carla was so supportive and welcoming when I went to see her and really took the time to find out as much out about me and my circumstances as possible. After our one hour consultation she sent me an incredibly comprehensive document which included a range of suggestions for recipes and self-care practices. Something that I really appreciated was Carla's attention to the role of stress in my life and the importance of activities such as mindfulness and meditation. Her friendly and warm manner in combination with expertise and clear passion for nutrition made this such a positive experience for me. She was realistic with me in terms of what was manageable and what would fit in with my lifestyle and really let me lead the conversation.
I had been feeling like I was stuck in a rut in terms of my eating habits. A fast paced lifestyle, living on my own and lots of stress triggers meant my food intake had become another thing to worry over. I also wanted to find a way to help my digestion and manage bouts of IBS-related issues. Carla was straight-talking and so supportive. Her approach was thorough and she backed up a lot of her advice with some fairly impressive scientific explanations (she drew a diagram of the digestive system, its basic functions, and it really stuck with me). But all the information aside, Carla was direct and fair and funny and most of all had bucket loads of empathy. She's not just preaching good practice- at the heart of it all she really cares. And that is incredibly encouraging and motivating. I couldn't recommend Carla highly enough.