LEAP Changed My Life!

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Within 2 days my IBS symptoms were gone!

I first heard of Healthy Lifestyles while working with an acupuncturist who was assisting me with pain control for my osteoarthritis.  My inflammation would vary from visit to visit.  Having a family history of allergies and thinking that there was a possibility of food-related issues, I was referred to Tracy Konoske with Healthy Lifestyles.  I had been suffering with a severe bout of IBS (diarrhea) for 6 months and it had become so severe that I was afraid to leave my home.  I was barely eating anything, remained 70 pounds overweight, and had high blood pressure as well.  I was afraid to eat or drink anything.  I had been to the doctor during this bout, eliminating all the normal reasons for the IBS.  I had tried every reputable diet and eating plan, exercised regularly, and became extremely frustrated at my success rate or lack of, for 20 years.  I had no problem following the plans each time, but still had no success.  I had worked with an extremely gifted endocrinologist trying to figure out what was going on with my metabolism as well as treating my hypothyroidism.  I had had both knees replaced, needed to have both shoulders replaced and a spine that was as crooked as a question mark.  I was literally in a body of a 75 year old with a 59 year old birth certificate.

I started with Tracy by doing the LEAP MRT blood work.  I received my report back.  I was in shock.  I had 30 items on the list of offending foods that were destroying my gut, resulting in a leaky gut.  The foods on the list were common foods and ones I had been eating and advised to eat to be healthy and lose weight.  Things like black pepper, garlic, cinnamon, raspberries, several meats, lettuce, and caffeine.  I made the decision out of desperation to drop all 30 offending foods out of my diet.  WITHIN 2 DAYS, MY IBS SYMPTOMS WERE GONE!   My baseline Symptom  Survey score was 105…we got it as low as 27.

Since beginning the LEAP program I have not only experienced the IBS changes, but less inflammation in my joints and lymph system, blood pressure changes that resulted in not having to take medication for lowering, and much to my surprise, 30 pounds fell off my body.  I did not restrict the amounts of food, but ate alternative things that were not on my list.  I started to slowly add in foods, one at a time after the initial 10 day beginning phase.  The beginning phase was a little difficult, but I felt so much better, I was committed to sticking with it.  I was not even checking the scale.  That was the least of my worries at the time.  Because I have felt so much better in so many areas, I now can read my own body’s reactions to different foods and situations.  I am still in process and the foods I never thought I could live without, I am and it has not been that hard.  It often is 2 steps forward and sometimes, one back, but I can definitely tell anyone, I feel like I have been given back years of my life.

Tracy has been extremely helpful and encouraging.  She is well educated and current on options for the different symptoms I have.   She has been great to work with and her appointment mode saves much travel time.  This experience has been a Godsend for me.
I highly recommend Tracy and MRT for anyone with gut issues, migraine issues, and weight struggles.  My osteoarthritis is not gone, but much of the inflammation has decreased.  This is a gift I did not expect to receive.

– Christy Vogel  2/2012

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 About Tracy Konoske, MS, RDN

meet_tracyFor the past 20 years, Tracy has served as a dietitian/nutritionist and educator to hundreds of patients throughout the US on their journeys to restoring health, and optimizing well being. 

Tracy has a passion for helping others heal, fueled by her own recovery from Chronic Neurological Lyme, Chronic Fatigue, Epstein Barr Virus, SIBO, and anxiety. 

Tracy says "I have the deepest respect and passion for the healing abilities of the human body.  Each day, I witness miracles when the body is provided optimal fuel:  a nutrient dense, whole, plant foods diet combined with any necessary lifestyle changes.  A talented teacher, known for explaining complex medical topics in plain English, Tracy will assist you in restoring your health and your freedom.  

Tracy helps people with chronic & mystery illness restore their health