When we first began working together, I was hoping to uncover the root cause of my stomach pain and digestive difficulties. I would experience daily anxiety surrounding food and eating. I wanted to know why I was having such problems and how I could prevent it. My body was giving me signs but I didn’t know how to read them and fix the problem.I had tried many things over the past several years. Some of the things helped, but it never fixed what was really going wrong. I became gluten and dairy free, and for the most part remain so. Now I can tolerate both in small quantities, which is amazing to me. I can’t fathom a world without cheese, so the ability to indulge in some of my favorite types of food without being suffering is a victory. I was also diagnosed with stomach ulcers and put on several medications which I had to take 3-4 times a day. This added to a feeling of hopelessness as I knew this was not a good long term solution for my health. Doing something you know does not match with the values that you have for your life leaves you feeling powerless. Which is what I was feeling when I met Ayla. I wanted a long term plan which was in alignment with my values for my mental and physical well being.Now, I can eat without being in pain or bloating and now experience digestive rest. This may sound strange to someone who already experiences it but when your body has been so upset for so long, you forget how incredible this feels. I have more energy now and have seen improvement in so many aspects of my health and daily life. My hormones are more balanced and my mood more stable. I can hear my body better now, the messages it gives when I eat or drink certain things. I am in more in tune with my body. I no longer have anxiety about eating and have been able to engage in social situations that involve food without fear of being sick or in pain. At no point along the way did it feel like I was giving something up. Ayla worked at a pace where I could keep up, feel supported and not sink into discouragement when I didn’t see immediate results. This takes time and she invests time listening to all the clues along the way. The biggest victory is that I am no longer dependent on ANY medications. I have been on antidepressants and anti anxiety aids for close to 20 years, and I have been off of these medications successfully for a few months. This was a giant HOPE of mine when I began working with Ayla, but I thought that goal was shooting for the moon.Anyone considering working with Ayla should know that she is a knowledgable and compassionate person. She uses her skill and intuition to walk along side during the process. She uses the time wisely and does not overwhelm you with too much at once. She is gifted at seeing the bigger picture and plotting a course of action to achieve these things, all the while making you feel as if you’ve gained a friend. I can’t think of a thing I would change with our working together. When I felt like I needed more communication or support, she was able to provide that for me. Her ideas are refreshing and infused with balanced wisdom.I am so thankful for the time I’ve had with Ayla and for the ability to repair and restore my health. I am able to be a better wife and mother for my family and am experiencing wholeness for myself in a way I had not been able to. I also feel very proud of the decision we made to invest in finding a solution toward my health rather than accepting the easier temporary fix.With gratitude, Joanna
When we first started working together I was in a place of desperation after feeling as thought traditional medicine would not work for me. I was looking for not only for general relief of my symptoms, but also to find a way to live a more normal, everyday life.
I had been working with my GI doctor and was put on a range of powerful PPI’s and told to follow a restrictive diet that led to unhealthy weight loss. Knowing that this was not a sustainable lifestyle, I began to search for functional practitioners and found Ayla.
Today, I’ve noticed a substantial reduction in my overall symptoms, and I am back to a normal weight and have a normal menstrual cycle. Although I am still recovering, I can now lead a relatively normal life and not be afraid to eat as I hold much more knowledge than I did before beginning this process. The best thing about this is that I feel more like my old self physically and mentally and gaining knowledge that I can use for the rest of my life.
In our work together, I’ve appreciated your ability to explain the science in a digestable way for someone who does not have this background. I like that you provide me with general knowledge and concrete steps to take after each session. I also appreciate that you help me to set realistic expectations for my recovery.
I would strongly recommend functional medicine and nutrition to anyone, and I would especially recommend you as a practitioner given your ability to make the science accessible and warm yet direct feedback on how to achieve optimal results.
I’m very grateful to have found your services and received this introduction to functional nutrition. I can see how this will benefit me for the rest of my life! -Alyssa
I spent over ten years struggling with stomach pain, digestive issues and general discomfort associated with food. In that time, I met with a wide variety of doctors and nutritionists, read every book and blog on the subject, and tried a long list of dietary recommendations. Nothing worked. I had almost given up and started to believe the advice that it was “all in my head”. After a recent frustrating doctor’s appointment, a friend of mine told me about Boston Functional Nutrition. From the minute I filled out the patient forms I knew I was being cared for in a new way. Ayla listened to my experience, didn’t make assumptions and worked with me to find solutions. Within weeks I was feeling like a new person. I didn’t remember what it felt like to enjoy a meal without discomfort. I feel so relieved to have a plan that is working and to feel better each week. I am not exaggerating at all when I say Ayla has changed my life and I’m so grateful.”
“I worked with Ayla in 2017 after suffering from digestive issues and recurring SIBO for several years. While we resolved these more pressing issues, Ayla also helped encourage me to nourish my body with a food and supplementation regimen that would prepare me for a healthy pregnancy if and when I decided I was ready. My husband and I are surprised and excited to be expecting our first in September and I feel confident that my body was in an ideal state for this through all of the work I did with Ayla. She’s not only an expert in fertility nutrition, but she’s kind and enjoyable to work with. Highly recommend her 1:1 individualized support or any of her group programs if you want to work with the best!”
From my experiences with you, you have a more global medical knowledge about how food consumption and diet affect the bigger health picture for the individual. I know it’s your business, but you know food, and for me, have had answers about foods & how they may react for me if and when consumed.”
I am happy to report that we just learned that we are 5 weeks pregnant 🙂 I can’t believe how quickly the dietary changes and supplements helped! After 18 months of trying, we were about to give up. The emotional toll it was taking was starting to become too much to handle. We are over the moon now and so appreciative for your help!”
Since making your suggested changes, my energy level has increased quite a bit. My head feels more clear and lots of body aches have gone away. All of this has helped me get back to my yoga practice and a more active lifestyle. During our appointments, I enjoyed your optimism about how you could help and your determination to find recipes for my picky palate. I am actually eating salmon and kale on a regular basis which is a huge achievement! I have and will continue to recommend you to anyone who is seeking to feel better and/or eat healthier. I feel so much better with all of the changes we have made and would love to pass that on to others. Thank you for all of your help.”
Just wanted to let you know that (baby) had her 9 month check up today and they routinely check iron levels at that visit. I first got the spiel about how breastfed babies are often low. However, they were quite surprised that her level was perfectly normal considering she’s never had any formula or iron fortified cereals. So far it’s still been only organic finger foods and homemade organic purees. She is loving food, and she is apparently getting all the nutrients she needs, including enough iron, from real food! Success! Thank you for all your help!
I just wanted to thank you for everything you did for me! The diet and supplement plan you placed me on helped out a lot! Most importantly, you opened my eyes to the importance of eating healthy in general. Not so much that “I eat a salad every now and then” but that I should really pay attention to the exact ingredients and source of my food. This is something that I will try to carry with me forever. So, again, thank you!”
I always subscribed to the belief that we all know what to eat, doing it is just a matter of willpower. After my first meeting with you I realized that I had NO idea which foods were right for my body. In fact, the foods that I thought were healthy turned out to be causing me harm! Beyond that, you helped me discover why my system had gotten so out of balance. I feel the best that I’ve felt in years -thank you!!”
I wanted you to know that things are going very well. More so than i would have expected. It’s been almost two weeks and i feel really good. Less wiped out during and after workouts, enjoying eating more during the day and feeling less hungry, and the scary part of eating a bit less at night has been fine. Not sure how fast the metabolism can rev up, but weight is good and pants that were too snug are now comfortable. Great start and can’t thank you enough for getting this in motion.”
When we started I was hoping to get as healthy as possible going into a transfer. I also hoped I would get pregnant and be able to learn how to eat the best I good for the health of me and the baby. I went through IVF for a year and worked with some other nutritionists. No one told me it would be possible to get pregnant without IVF. No one told me I wasn’t eating the best I could. No one told me I was underweight. I loved my Boston IVF doctors and am thankful for them. But I am so thankful I found Ayla because I actually believe there is hope for me to conceive naturally. I now know that I am not broken and there are ways to get my body working right. The best thing about this is peace of mind. I have been terrified and to have someone I trust tell me I am doing everything right has made me feel so much better. I have a pregnancy guru! One of the benefits that I’ve found by working together was learning about my body composition because I never knew that I was underweight. Other benefits include learning what foods are actually good for me, the importance of protein, the fact that quality matters, and that my body is stronger than I ever thought. I definitely recommend that people work with Ayla. I would tell them that I would have never thought I could have control over my ability to get pregnant and my health. I thought my fate was what it was. Ayla helped me learn that it is possible to change and make myself healthy again. I have been so overwhelmed and happy with all the great benefits of this. Every concern I have always gets answered. I can’t say that I would change anything!
I’m feeling a lot better and feel like my digestive system is nearly back on track. I’ve been able to wean myself off of the HCL for the most part and feel good. It’s still a learning experience/work in progress, but you know how that goes – nothing is static. I feel like I have a much better understanding of things. I have a better handle on what might throw me off and what I can do to feel good. I just wanted to say thank you for all of your expertise and help this year. I wouldn’t have been able to get to this place of not needing medication OR supplements without you!
When I first started working with Ayla, I was hoping to reduce some of the gastrointestinal issues that have been wreaking havoc on my body for years as well as begin the journey to healthy weight loss. I have struggled for years with up and down dieting and wanting to try to lose the weight once and for all. Up until now, I had been seeing a gastroenterologist for the past year and had every test under the sun (colonoscopies, blood tests, stool samples, breath tests) all of which were “inconclusive” one way or another and I was lumped into the diagnosis of “IBS” like so many other women looking for answers. For years, I had tried dieting and had very minimal success, for short periods of time but nothing that lasted more than a year. Now, for the first time in my life, I am not bloated 24/7. My fatigue level has decreased significantly, and my body feels better. This is a hard concept to explain because I didn’t even realize how horrible I felt before. The biggest development however, is for the first time I have no eczema. Last year, I developed eczema on my hands and face for the first time ever. I now utilize this as a sign that I need to pay attention to what I am putting in my body. I also feel like I am finally able to control how my body responds. How it responds to stress, food, life and all of the in-betweens. It is amazing to figure out something you never even knew in the first place! If you are thinking about working with Ayla, I would recommend taking the plunge and doing it for you, to make yourself feel better and nobody else. I feel hopeful, finally. I feel hopeful that there is a light at the end of the tunnel and I can get back to who I finally want to be, healthy, fit and mindful.
I worked with Ayla in 2017 after suffering from digestive issues and recurring SIBO for several years. While we resolved these more pressing issues, Ayla also helped encourage me to nourish my body with a food and supplementation regimen that would prepare me for a healthy pregnancy if and when I decided I was ready. My husband and I are surprised and excited to be expecting our first in September and I feel confident that my body was in an ideal state for this through all of the work I did with Ayla. She’s not only an expert in fertility nutrition, but she’s kind and enjoyable to work with. Highly recommend her 1:1 individualized support or any of her group programs if you want to work with the best!