Patient Story: Julie Hoare, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) & Weight Loss dietary success


IBS-Patient-Story“I’d always been a big girl with little confidence, but this began to change the day I was referred to Elaine. At the age of
22 I was a sufferer of IBS and was weighing 17 stone at 5ft 4in tall. My Limerick based Gastroenterologist referred me to Elaine. She carried out investigations and diagnosed IBS. She advised that I required a dietary approach to treat my IBS and for weight management.

When I first met Elaine I barely spoke to her or even lifted my head, now when I go to see her she can’t shut me up. Before I met Elaine my social life was nonexistent and having to buy clothes was always an upsetting experience. I would never shop in Penneys, as the only thing in the shop that would fit me were the socks!

Elaine gave me a plan of what foods I should avoid with my IBS and what foods I could eat and what foods I couldn’t eat.
By following this and doing some exercise, I managed to clear my IBS symptoms and lost weight each month. As my waistline began to shrink the opposite was happening with my confidence. It’s been a long journey, but I couldn’t have done it without the help and support from Elaine, my family and friends.

It is two years later now and I currently weigh just under 10.5 stone and have lost 7 stone. I just want to let people know that you don’t have to have surgery or use diet pills to lose weight.

Personally, I have tried the diet pills and from my own experiences I would never recommend them and as for surgery why spend a fortune and put yourself through the pain, when following a specialized diet and doing some exercise can get you the same results.

People don’t recognize me anymore and it’s not just about my physical appearance, I have changed as a person, I have
become more confident and outgoing. I now actually have a social life and going shopping is no longer a chore, it’s
something I love to do!”

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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.