“I have been overweight for most of my adult life and along the way worked with numerous dietitians and nutritionists without success despite being committed to weight loss, or so I thought.
In all honesty I had given up any hope, and accepted myself for who I am in terms of my size and weight. I was so disheartened when my fertility doctor referred me to Ann, as I simply didn’t believe my weight was something that I could change since I had tried so many times before.
Nonetheless, I agreed to the referral to Ann, and I am so glad that I did. Ann did a comprehensive assessment which included thinking about foods/flavours/textures that I do and don’t like, as well as aspects of my health outside of fertility treatment and put together a plan which included recommendations for food but also a supplement regime. Ann was so down to earth, and actively encouraged me to say if and when things weren’t working for me, or if I wasn’t prepared to try something.
Ann was so approachable that as I started to lose weight I began to trust in her more and more and became more willing to push myself further to try more new things. Over the course of 9 months I lost more than 30kg and went on to be successful with my IVF treatment and now have my baby.
More surprisingly, I never once felt I was on a ‘diet’ and missing out, because she constructed the plan in such a way that I never went without or felt hungry. I cannot thank Ann enough and despite my early reticence, I would wholeheartedly recommend Ann for nutritional therapy prior to, and during IVF treatment”.
I’ve been having consultation sessions with nutritionist Ann Slevin for 3 months and I can confidently say it has completely changed my life!!
Ann managed to open a whole new world for me, found words to deliver the information effectively to change my attitude from “this is what I have to do” to “this is what I WANT to do” to be healthy. She has an impressive empathy skill, listens kindly and really tries to put herself into her clients’ shoes. I felt understood and she gently guided me to the conclusion rather than just delivering information on how to be healthier.
Examples of my improvements: •
I broke the taboo on eating and cooking vegetables which I’ve never tried before. All my life I was pretty conservative on my vegetables selection and now I’m open, no, I’m eager to try more and more, the number of different kinds of vegetables I consume increased from standard 5-7 to 30+ and more to come.
Being chronically addicted to fizzy drinks and diet coke specifically I stopped drinking it at all and I don’t want it anymore!! Now I drink 2+ litres of water and I see an immediate effect on my skin, digestive function, energy level and more..
I learned and daily exercise the “sacred” knowledge of planning. Looking back now I see how with absence of planning and attention to my diet, it was literally impossible to make healthy choices even if I wanted.
I mastered some of the stress release techniques. One thing is to realise that you are stressed and a completely different thing is to handle it quickly and effectively when you are in the moment. When Ann offered to try some mechanisms I was pretty reluctant at the beginning to be honest, but with her guidance and explanations I found one which actually helped me when I was in a critical situation. This is a skill I will carry through my life. I can continue with examples of significant changes in my lifestyle, but I guess the point is clear – these consultations were a game changer for me and I would definitely recommend it for everyone. I started them as an experiment and an attempt to resolve some fertility concerns I had, but all in all it was something much more and better than I expected. Have a consultation with Ann and you will be surprised with the opportunities and areas for improvements; I have no doubts you will like the results.
Ann was fantastic in helping me resolve my dietary issues.
Ann’s down to earth approach was highly valued and really helped me in making progress going forward.
Ann is a wealth of knowledge and I would highly recommend her services
I have struggled not only with chronic pain, infertility, PCOS symptoms but also stress and depression for years.
Before working with Ann I had no control of my health and no understanding of what my body, not just needs, but deserves. Now, I am totally free of prescription medication. I have a new understanding of what my body needs and how to cope with my conditions naturally.
As a result of working with Ann, I am more mobile, happier, have 99% less daily pain, and after 12 years I'm finally pregnant!! She is the cheerleader we all need in this process!
After finding out I was pre-diabetic I was keen to find out about the condition and make dietary changes. The more I read the more confusing the information became.
I was advised to lose weight and the thoughts of dieting was certainly not appealing.
At that point I knew I needed expert advice and Ann Slevin came highly recommended to me. After contacting Ann we had an in-depth consultation about my lifestyle, diet, interest in preparing food, time I was willing to spend preparing/experimenting with new types of recipes more suited to my dietary needs. As I am a very basic cook and not very imaginative, at first it sounded a little daunting. Ann sent me a lot of very relevant and interesting information that at last I felt was appropriate to me and that I could understand.
During our second consultation Ann talked me through the information and really motivated me to try a new way of looking at food and my health needs. This was really invaluable and months later I am still able to refer to these notes and recipes to help with my food choices. I found my new eating plan easy to follow and even started to experiment with new recipes. I enjoyed the new choices and slowly began to gain confidence and interest in food.
At the same time I began to feel a bit more energetic and generally better in myself. At no point did I feel I was ‘on a diet’ so it was an added bonus to find that after two months I had lost 7lbs. Ann developed a plan that was appropriate to me and my lifestyle. It has never felt like a chore to make informed food choices or that I was depriving myself of the things I liked to eat. She was very supportive and I have no doubt that without her encouragement and expertise I would not have been able to achieve my new interest and knowledge in food suitable to my needs or perhaps lose the weight so painlessly! Feeling more in control of my health has been a very positive experience a very good for my wellbeing
Ann supported me to review my diet and nutrition in order to set my body up in the optimal way to support my fertility.
Ann gave me lots of really useful advice and had a wealth of great tools and information to support me with my journey, both in relation to my physical health and mental well-being.
Having regular check-ins with Ann during my elimination diet meant I was supported and Ann held me to account for my actions which I found helpful. Through working with Ann I have learnt a lot and made lasting positive changes to my diet for both now and the future