“Nicole is always so easy to relate to with her up to the minute health information. She has been an integral part of my lifestyle changes. Thanks, Nicole!” -Laura W.
I’m feeling better – more energy for sure, which is great. I’m also back at less than my pre-pregnancy weight! So that’s always nice too! I’m now fully gluten free and it’s going great. The best part is my periods are now normal! No more 60 day cycles! – Emily H.
“I’m feeling really good about my food choices. This way of eating makes me feel good have energy and not have achy-ness from inflammation. I’m a “[healthy] food” fan now!” -Shannon M.
“I am having regular menstrual cycles for the first time in 10 years! I am sticking to the program and I’m still taking my supplements daily. I’m down to 133 pounds and feel much better. No more brain fog or stomach pains. ” -Theresa P.
“The good news though is that I haven’t had a bad IBS flareup since I started this regimen.” -Tony C.
“I have noticed my abdomen has gone down. I’m not bloated anymore and I’m not retaining fluids. With the change of food and cutting down and eliminating gluten I’ve noticed a slight sensation of a migraine coming on but as soon as I take the vitamins it goes away. Not sure which one is helping with the migraines. Overall pain is getting better. I’m also having restful sleep, not waking up as much. I can actually remember dreaming. I have also lost 2 lbs! So grateful!! -Gaby G.” [After 1 week of LEAP protocol and therapeutic supplementation]
“I’m on day 7 of the first 14 days [of the LEAP MRT diet plan]. Feeling clean. I didn’t know eating could be so comfortable. My gut doesn’t hurt at all post-meals and I don’t get sleepy from eating. Lost a few pounds. My bowl movements are very healthy and frequent, which always makes me feel good.” -Zuzanna K.
“Nicole is always a pleasure to work with! I really appreciate her holistic approach to health and well-being . She has been so helpful in teaching me new healthy habits an reinforcing some that I may have “lost” somewhere along the way. Nicole is always very responsive, and creative with suggestions to keep things fun!” – Kamilla S.
“Nicole and Chews Food Wisely have helped me immensly with my stomach and digestion issues. For 2 years I’d been seeing traditional doctors, gone through every test under the sun, and been on many different medications- but nothing was really helping much. When I started seeing Nicole she helped me with natural supplements and diet changes that have me feeling better than I have in a long time. She is kind and helpful and I can tell she really cares about making all her patients feel great!” -Kelly L.
“Choosing the best foods for yourself and your family can be confusing. There is a lot of misinformation about what is healthy and what isn’t. In my case I was already eating what I believed to be a healthy, “clean”diet but was still having problems with acne, infertility, etc. After having “normal” blood tests, my symptoms were ultimately dismissed by my doctor but I was still suffering. Thankfully, I found Nicole. Her holistic approach to food and nutrition falls in line with my own views. She was kind and understanding as we reviewed my medical and nutritional history as well as the symptoms I was having. She recommended several tests to help get to the bottom of what’s really going on and she has a plan in place to fix the root cause using diet and supplementation. Nicole always takes the time to explain test results and the changes that need to be made to see improvement. If you’re looking to make a permanent change in terms of what you eat or how you’re feeling I highly recommend Nicole.” – Candace H.
“I can’t say enough about how meeting Nicole has changed my life! She helped me achieve what no medical doctor could do…heal! Nicole has helped repair my body through her knowledge of integrative and functional medicine. If I had to go back and start again on my healing journey, the only thing I would change is having met Nicole sooner. Set up a consultation with her, get ready to change your way of thinking about your body+food, and begin your own journey of fueling your body according to its’ needs. You’re worth it.” – Courtney K.
“Nicole continues to be a tremendous help in my journey to better health. I went to her with several health issues, including Ulcerative Colitis. Nicole made a detailed plan for me to start with on how to change my diet initially to encourage better habits. Once blood tests were done she could pinpoint exactly what to eliminate from my diet, what to include more of, supplements to aid with my digestive health, and a fool proof plan for me to follow. She equipped me with the necessary tools and knowledge to take charge of my health and encouraged me to make it a priority. Teaching me to use food to heal my body has made such a positive difference in my life. I haven’t had any migraines, my energy is back, and my digestive health has done a 180. Can’t say enough good things about Nicole and how much she has helped me!” – Katherine S.
“After 7 years of fighting inflammation running it’s course throughout my body, 11 surgeries, countless doctors, lab tests, and crossing off many possibilities of issues/diseases I could possibly have, and going gluten free, I had finally reached my limit. I was run down, exhausted, completely broke, and tired of being told ‘I don’t know what else to tell you, try another specialist.’ By the end of the 7 years I had been told I had rheumatoid arthritis, possibly diabetic, a completely fine thyroid, no rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, connective tissue disorder(s), Lyme disease, fibromyalgia, hypothyroid, chronic fatigue, and Epstein Barr. I had also had my Achilles tendon rupture and have to be replaced, a spinal cord stimulator implanted, continuous physical therapy, etc.
I spoke with one of my best friends from college who happens to be a dietitian, and she referred me to Nicole from Chews Food Wisely. When I met with Nicole, she listened to my very lengthy medical history and interjected valuable information when applicable. From there, we decided to move forward with the LEAP and MRT testing. However, the timing when I received my results coincided with when I was considered ‘lock-jaw’ due to only having 10 degrees range of motion in my jaw (inflammation), as opposed to the average of 50 degrees that is the norm. Because of this I waited to start my elimination diet. A few months later I moved to San Antonio, got settled, and finally began my elimination diet. In the interim, I even made a trip to the Cleveland Clinic to see if the head of the Rheumatology department could help me.
The first 8 days were miserable, especially day 2 and 3. I am very hard-headed and was bound and determined not to cheat for several reasons, the main 2 being that I didn’t want to have to start fresh from the beginning again, and more importantly, I knew that I couldn’t take any more pain than I was already in daily. Since the day I started my elimination diet (September 23rd to be exact, but who is counting?!), I have noticed a considerable change in my daily life. Due to rupturing my Achilles and my other health issues my exercise has been limited over the last 5 years, and needless to say I put on quite a bit of weight.
Within the first week of being on the LEAP diet, I lost a couple of pounds, and my parents started making comments on how my pants were too big. As I went through the phases, the elimination became easier and easier, and I even started eating more foods than I normally would have (I’m a very picky eater – particularly based on texture). My new co-workers started making comments about how much will power I had to continue doing this – one of them even has similar symptoms and comments daily on how she’d rather be in pain and eat the foods she loves.
Almost 2 months later I have lost approximately 28 pounds and I have noticed my energy levels have steadily increased. My medicines have become more accurately regulated, and I am on about half of the medication I was on when I first met Nicole. My pain has decreased, and my stomach no longer hurts or stays bloated. While there are days that my body still doesn’t feel good, and still aches, they aren’t anything compared to what I’ve been through the last 7 years.
I secretly hoped this ‘diet’ wouldn’t work, because I knew it would be difficult. Fortunately, it does work. I also have lost interest in foods that I used to find satisfying, and instead when tempted, I just think back to how miserable it felt to do anything – sit, stand, sleep, walk, lay down, you name it – it hurt.
I am still learning and will probably always have questions for Nicole, but I am extremely grateful that I have learned so much about my body, and I look forward to seeing the results of my next LEAP and MRT tests to see even more evidence of how my body is rebounding from 7 years of inflammation and inflammation related issues.
Thanks Nicole!” – Courtney K.
Nicole is patient, thorough, very knowledgeable and truly cares about your nutrition and health. I am so thankful I found her on my health journey. Thank you, Nicole, for all your knowledge and care! – Ashley G.