Have you heard about the Mediator Release Test (MRT) and LEAP program, but weren’t quite sure if they were worth the investment? You’re in luck! Today I had the pleasure of interviewing one of my awesome clients, Sue H., to get her first-hand account of what it’s really like in the trenches. Spoiler: her journey hasn’t been all rainbows and unicorns, but I think she’s handled it pretty damn well. 😉
What was your life like before you started on this journey to better your health?
Health issues were limiting my potential. Brain fog, fatigue, headaches, breathing problems and depression were keeping me from doing my best for myself and my family. Everyday it was a struggle to get out of bed and pull myself through the day.
What was “the final straw” that really pushed you to pursue food sensitivity testing and the LEAP program?
I had an emergency room visit for wheezing and difficulty breathing. I’m not one to go to the ER but it really was a scary attack. The ER doc asked me about one hundred times if I had asthma. I had never had these types of problems! The ER bill was almost $3,000. So, I thought, why not pay for the food sensitivity test and get at the ROOT of the many disparate problems I’d been having? It was going to cost me a fortune to treat them each with an individual medical approach. Additionally, I didn’t like the idea of filling my body with medications to treat each symptom. It just seemed like I needed to take CONTROL of my own health.
Were you shocked at all by your test results?
Not by the results themselves but more by the story they told. I was looking for a food or food group that I could remove to improve my symptoms – easy peasy. The results did provide that for me and my symptoms did improve. However, with Amanda’s help I began to see the bigger picture – that my own poor dietary choices over many years had caused leaky gut and candida. These were the BIG problems that I needed to address and it would take a major dietary overhaul and a long term commitment.
What was the eating plan like for you? How did it compare to what you used to eat?
It was drastically different! It was easier in the beginning to stay motivated because I felt instant improvement in my symptoms. The wheezing, breathing problems, brain fog and fatigue were significantly relieved within weeks. It was like a miracle! I felt the “real” me returning. I had energy, both physical and mental, to work, play with the kids, pursue hobbies. I hadn’t felt like “me” in years, and LEAP helped me find that person again. As the phases of LEAP progressed, it was more difficult. By adding back in certain foods, sometimes I would get symptoms again and become frustrated. Sometimes having more options was harder than having less! However, one thing that is GREAT about LEAP is that it is NOT a weight loss plan! I didn’t have to care about my weight anymore, I just had to care about my HEALTH! In terms of portions, I could have as much as I wanted of most foods. I didn’t feel deprived.
Was there a point at which you said to yourself, “there’s no way in hell I can do this”? If so, how did you get over that hump?
Yes, about every third day. Still. Today, in fact, lol! Being 43, I feel like this is my last good chance to really turn my health around. I don’t feel there is another choice. If I want to live the rest of my life with vitality, I need to stay the course.
Is there anything that you miss about the way you used to eat? If so, how have you been coping with that?
Yes, I miss the spontaneity and fun of eating. Going with the family for ice cream cones or pizza. Holidays are really tough. This rationalization has worked for me: By making healthy choices today, I pay now. By making a bad choice today, I pay later. I would rather pay now by sacrificing those things than pay later by being sick everyday, remaining overweight and being vulnerable to diabetes and cancer (these two scare me the most!).
Did the process make you look at other areas of your life that needed improvement (aside from eating habits)?
I’ve been pretty consumed with the dietary changes. However, I have seen a need to deal with anxiety in healthier ways. For example, I recently tried some deep breathing techniques and am getting back to some very low impact exercise like walking.
What are some of the most significant health changes you’ve seen since starting this process?
So many! After about 4 months, the obvious things like the wheezing and breathing problems are gone. I’ve had huge improvements in my migraine headaches, mental clarity, energy levels and depression. I weaned off my depression and anxiety meds with my doctor’s help – pretty proud of this! A great benefit that I didn’t expect – weight loss.
What did your family think about the changes you’ve made? How has this process impacted them?
It’s been a change for all of us. They understand that this is for my health so they support me the best they can. We’re still working through how to transfer my better habits over to them. I know for sure our sugar consumption as a family is WAY down! That’s a good start.
What types of people would you recommend MRT and LEAP to? What frame of mind do you think they need to be in in order to make the process successful for them?
People with multiple health problems that seem unrelated: headaches, brain fog, stomach and digestive issues, depression, anxiety, sinus problems, wheezing. Especially those with family members that have food sensitivities. People that are ready to take ownership of their health. The solution seems drastic (at least temporarily) but Amanda does an awesome job at communicating WHY and HOW LEAP works. I had participated in a similar program a few years ago but I wasn’t ready. I feel right frame of mind this time was to be “completely open” to Amanda’s expert guidance. Even though many times I said to myself, “Is she serious?” I just did what Amanda said to do. And it is working. I still have a long way to go but I feel so lucky to have Amanda in my corner!
What else would you like to add about your journey?
Just thank you 🙂