Cathy Maguire, 36

Cathy McGuire, 36 from Ireland took a YorkTest food intolerance test in March 2013 after suffering prolonged digestive problems. The constipation, wind and bloating she was experiencing were all classic symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome.

So severe was her condition that she frequently had to visit the hospital.

The tests she underwent could not get to the root cause of the problem and the medication she was prescribed only made her feel worse.

Not only were her symptoms uncomfortable and at times painful, they also caused her great embarrassment.

“When I say I was ‘bloated’ it doesn’t really do justice to my symptoms. I was carrying so much fluid that I felt constantly swollen. I was asked on a regular basis if I was pregnant and ‘when was I due?’ It was terribly upsetting and humiliating and to add to the problem my weight started going up even though I had never had a problem with my weight in the past.”

As a result of the unwanted weight gain Cathy was experiencing, her confidence began to plummet:

“I felt very down and depressed and suffered from low esteem for two years I didn’t go out and couldn’t socialise. I hated looking in the mirror and I had a very poor image of myself.”

After struggling with the combination of her weight gain, poor health and the negative impact on her mood, Cathy decided to try a different route to get to the cause of her problems.

“One day my mum suggested that I take a food intolerance test to see if that could help with my symptoms. I decided to give it a go as I hadn’t had any luck through doctors and the hospital.”

When she received her results, Cathy learnt she was reacting to egg white, egg yolk and, surprisingly, peas.

To better understand the changes she needed to make to her diet and to ensure that she replaced her trigger foods with nutritious alternatives, she booked her consultation with YorkTest Nutritional Therapist Catherine, who talked her through the results and helped her plan delicious, satisfying meals.

“I immediately took eggs out of my diet by replacing them with porridge for breakfast and the affect was almost immediate. I instantly felt like I had more energy and after a couple of weeks my swollen stomach went flat for the first time in years!”

Now armed with the knowledge of her food intolerance and supported by the advice of the YorkTest Nutritional Therapists, Cathy has been able to manage her health and weight and is looking forward to a bright future.

“With my new increased energy levels I am able to go to the gym more and my weight has come down from 10 stone 2 pounds to 7 stone 11 pounds in 7 months. My depression has totally lifted and my whole attitude to food and life has changed. I am delighted to see my body changing and my new shape. My confidence levels have soared and I couldn’t be happier.”

YorkTest advise that you consult with your GP first if you are experiencing the types of symptoms mentioned in this testimonial.