Jan
19

Patient Story: Maura Murphy, Irritable Bowel Sufferer (IBS) and Weight Loss

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“Predictable is one way I would certainly not describe my life, or my diet. My job means that I could be in Dublin today, Galway tomorrow and Cork the next day. This is all very exciting and ever changing for me, but unfortunately my diet suffered as a result. I would go long periods without eating and then would crave convenient, usually sugary foods which provided an instant lift.

As with all things that give an instant lift, the result of any
boost may also mean a come down. This come down would
leave me feeling bloated, sluggish, lethargic, and
began to affect my mood. I
suffered with Irritable Bowel
Syndrome (IBS) which was
often exacerbated by the
unpredictable hours I ate.
Days could pass and
still there would be no
release from this feeling of
bloatedness and I would suffer
days on end of constipation.
My waistline was also feeling
the effects of this. I’m fi ve
foot and always had a small
frame but in later years the
clothes sizes just seemed to
be going up with the older I
got. My fi nal breaking point
was when I was going away
for a weekend and I spent
hours packing clothes trying
to mastermind ways to hide
my lumps and bumps. I went
away for the weekend and
normally I am the fi rst on
the dance fl oor, not needing
alcohol or encouragement,
but this time, I felt my
confi dence wouldn’t allow
me to get up off the chair. I
decided maybe I needed a
few new clothes to boost me
a little, so I went shopping,
but all I could fi nd were
clothes that reminded me of
something people climbing
Mount Everest might use
for accommodation!! When
I tried on a top and the
only top that would fi t was
a size 20, I knew action had
to be taken. AT 5 foot, I
was getting as wide as I was
tall, and my confi dence was
imploding.
I attended Elaine in
April 2010, and weighed
over 12 stone. I explained
to Elaine that my lifestyle
was not something that
would allow me to hours
on end over steamers or
blenders concocting magical
diet recipes from different
variations of green vegetables
and drinking something
which resembled product
from an underground sewer!
Thankfully, the diet was
practical and easily fi tted
into my daily routine. I
was given a plan fi rstly to
target my IBS, and within a
week, I was feeling results,
the constipation was easing,
and my energy levels were
getting a genuine boost,
without the comedown I’d
experienced previously from
sugary foods. This gave me
the motivation to continue
and that persistence was
rewarded when I returned
to Elaine after 3 weeks and
had lost 7 pounds. I was
ecstatic!! I followed my plan
and was able to introduce
light exercise, which involved
swimming. I would have never
described myself as a strong
swimmer, but I started out

“Predictable is one way I would certainly not describe my life, or my diet. My job means that I could be in Dublin today, Galway tomorrow and Cork the next day. This is all very exciting and ever changing for me, but unfortunately my diet suffered as a result. I would go long periods without eating and then would crave convenient, usually sugary foods which provided an instant lift.

weight-loss-story

As with all things that give an instant lift, the result of any boost may also mean a come down. This come down would leave me feeling bloated, sluggish, lethargic, and began to affect my mood. I suffered with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) which was often exacerbated by the unpredictable hours I ate.

Days could pass and still there would be no release from this feeling of bloatedness and I would suffer days on end of constipation. My waistline was also feeling the effects of this. I’m five foot and always had a small frame but in later years the clothes sizes just seemed to be going up with the older I got. My final breaking point was when I was going away for a weekend and I spent hours packing clothes trying to mastermind ways to hide my lumps and bumps. I went away for the weekend and normally I am the first on the dance floor, not needing alcohol or encouragement, but this time, I felt my confidence wouldn’t allow me to get up off the chair. I decided maybe I needed a few new clothes to boost me a little, so I went shopping, but all I could find were clothes that reminded me of something people climbing Mount Everest might use for accommodation!! When I tried on a top and the only top that would fit was a size 20, I knew action had to be taken.

AT 5 foot, I was getting as wide as I was tall, and my confidence was imploding. I attended Elaine in April 2010, and weighed over 12 stone. I explained to Elaine that my lifestyle was not something that would allow me to hours on end over steamers or blenders concocting magical diet recipes from different variations of green vegetables and drinking something which resembled product from an underground sewer!

Thankfully, the diet was practical and easily fitted into my daily routine. I was given a plan firstly to target my IBS, and within a week, I was feeling results, the constipation was easing, and my energy levels were getting a genuine boost, without the comedown I’d experienced previously from sugary foods. This gave me the motivation to continue and that persistence was rewarded when I returned to Elaine after 3 weeks and had lost 7 pounds. I was ecstatic!!

I followed my plan and was able to introduce light exercise, which involved swimming. I would have never described myself as a strong swimmer, but I started out doing 4 lengths in the pool and progressed it every week. I can honestly say at no stage did I feel hungry…. infact the opposite, I was constantly full.

I now go to the swimming pool about 4 times a week, and despite my unpredictable schedule, I always seem to find time for it. My energy levels are unrecognisable to me, I’ve not had this much energy in a long time. My confidence as result of losing weight and feeling good has really been the driving motivation to continue the exercise and healthy eating. My IBS has improved dramatically and I rarely suffer with constipation now.

I am now down to 10 stone and am buying size 10 and 12 clothes. The compliments I’ve received since losing the weight have been real encouragement to me, but it’s the confidence, energy and zest of life again that has really been the motivation to keep going.

My lifestyle is still as hectic as ever, but this time my eating has adapted healthily into that whirlwind schedule! The only problem now is -Dragging me off that dancefl oor!”

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About Elaine

Elaine graduated from Trinity College with a B.Sc., (Hons) in Human Nutrition and Dietetics. She gained wide experience working as clinical nutritionist in several hospitals prior to establishing her first private dietetic clinic in 1992.

Private Practice Experience
Elaine has gained vast experience specialising in providing private individual dietetic consultations for her clients in her clinics for the past 17 years. In recent years, her main areas of interest are weight management, obesity, diabetes, heart disease and nutrition and gastro-enterology.

Elaine is an active member of the INDI and was chairperson of the Irish Nutrition and Dietetic weight management interest group from 2005 to 2007.

Dietetic and Nutrition Consultancy
Elaine has provided dietetic consultancy to a wide range of industries including private hospitals, hotels and catering companies. She has designed, piloted, implemented and coordinated workplace wellbeing programmes for several prominent companies and large international corporations.