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!