I AM FINALLY “LIVING” AGAIN…
Thank you for everything! If only I could somehow express to you how much it means to have days at a time when I actually feel good. I am beginning to live again after 10 long years of hell and it really is because of you and your guidance. You are the person who has saved my life. Literally. I have prayed a long time for this. God bless you,
I am now on the road to recovery by following Julie’s recommendations!
My issues began with symptoms of constant diarrhea, fatigue, stomach cramps, feeling full quickly and poor digestion and absorption of my food which lead to significant weight loss. This was soon after discontinuing many years of a PPI (acid reducer) with history of GERD and a fundoplication. While out of town, I received emergency care and was sent home without any diagnosis and a round of antibiotics. Upon returning to Sarasota, my GI doctor unavailable and I continued a downward slide of symptoms and weight loss. Julie was recommended to me and she took me quickly learning of my symptoms. After recording all the info she needed, we began a program of clinical recovery while she obtained access to a GI doctor on my behalf.
I experienced immediate improvement as soon as I followed Julie’s instructions. After much testing, a diagnosis was obtained of pancreatic insufficiency and likely gluten intolerance. As the severity of the symptoms subsided, I knew I had the right team.
Through all of my discussions with Julie, I learned about the importance of a balanced, healthy gut microbiome and understood the consequences of the imbalance. My experience also demonstrated the importance of a healthy diet as prescribed by Julie.
I am now on the road to recovery by following Julie’s recommendations for diet, supplement, and lifestyle interventions. I am aware of my situation and the possible outcomes. As I learned about the gut microbiome, I noticed the benefits of getting and keeping it healthy as I became aware of some symptoms of imbalance that disappeared as I improved.
With Julie’s kind and gentle direction as well as availability to hold my hand and walk me through the steps to recovery, answering all my questions thoroughly, I am now able to act more calmly, enjoy healthy meals, stabilize my weight, and have lost interest in foods such as sugar, most dairy and the unhealthy forms of grains. Julie didn’t just provide instruction and guidance but explanation of future challenges that could occur.
Nutrition therapy is an essential part of healthcare and it does not get any better than working with Julie
Roger Barkin D.D.S.
Empowered and Encouraged to Understand Food Best for My Body
I am so glad I decided to work with Julie! I’ve learned so much from her and I feel really empowered knowing more about my body and how food affects it. The advice she’s given me has been so helpful. Her approach is personalized and she’s very sensitive to my individual needs. She listens really well and is just one of the warmest, sweetest people I know!
Weight Loss Begins with Healing the Gut
Julie is the best! She is extremely knowledgeable, gives expert sensible advice and is a real problem solver. I had several health issues that required immediate attention, and my doctor recommended I see a nutritionist. When I went to see Julie I was not in good health. Working with her, I was able to lose 35#, improve my health (digestion, intolerances, skin issues) markedly over a 5 month period. Friends now remark not only on my weight, but my healthy skin and eyes. Everyone, including my doctors, tell me to keep doing what I am doing as it is really working! I cannot recommend Julie highly enough. She literally saved my life!
Freedom from Food Cravings for Good
I am finally free from the control food has had over me over the years. I no longer crave sugar and fast food. Totally worth the investment. I’m on the road to better health and love the food I am eating, thanks to Julie.
Out in the Community Sharing Her Passion
Thank you Julie for providing a fantastic presentation at our monthly meeting. We had such positive feedback…you truly have a talent for speaking to a group!
Ashley – Celiac Support Group Leader (Sarasota)
Compassion and Empathy through Complex Health Issues
Julie Bender-Sibbio is the best nutrition consultant I have ever met. I have a complex set of medical issues-food sensitivities, irritable bowel syndrome, connective tissue disease, and inflamed joints. I do not know how she knew where to begin! But begin she did. Starting with testing and journaling my food intake. She works methodically, like a detective. After a few weeks, she led me to the office of a G.I. doctor with the promise that he was a great diagnostician…and he has played a vital role in my recovery. Julie truly is gifted with amazing intuition, passion for her work, and an authentic empathy and compassion that makes working with her so rewarding. Rewarding in the sense that I have my hope back that through our joint effort, I will finally feel like my old healthy self again. In today’s healthcare system it is easy to become disheartened. But with Julie, you will find a true professional, who is knowledgeable, competent and caring, all in one package! I give her five stars and tons of gratitude!
Energy from 0 to Almost 10…Medication Free!
When I found out I had gastroparesis, I was overwhelmed and had no idea how or what I was going to eat. I was lucky enough to find Julie. She listened and completely understood my illness and how to help me through this disease. The doctor had given me a prescription for Domperidone, and I was not happy about taking medication and four more pills a day, and knew I did not want to stay on this medication for life!
Julie helped me accomplish the goal of getting off the medication with a new way of eating and supplements to help with my digestion. I am very active and knew I needed the proper food to keep me active. When I met Julie I was a “0” when it came to energy and now I have almost regained my energy and stamina. Julie has helped me find foods that I can tolerate and has helped me realize the right balance of nutrients I need. I know that I would not be where I am today without Julie. She will be my “go to person” for a long time. Thank you so much Julie, you are an angel.
Linda Lee Foster Paul, lindaleefoster.com
Weight Loss with a Personalized Plan
When I first came to see Julie it was on doctor’s orders as my physical and mental health was not good. I was overweight and just not feeling well at all. I was reluctant because I have had many health care providers promise that each new plan was the perfect solution for me. This time they were right! Over the last few months with Julie’s instruction, guidance and a high level of professionalism, I am not only losing weight (more than 30 pounds) but also have a much more optimistic outlook that I will finally feel well again. Thank you for all you have done for me.
Freedom from Gastroparesis, Renewed Energy
I have struggled with severe GERD and gastroparesis for the last 10 years. No drugs helped. I didn’t digest past 3 pm and felt full and bloated. I got progressively more ill- cognitive impairment, fatigue, severe abdominal pain. Eating very poorly and very discouraged, I sought out Julie who was highly recommended. She listened and understood gastric problems; she gave me hope. I did everything she recommended. I feel so much better just 3-4 months later. My gut is really healing; my gastroparesis is healing; I can eat real food! I don’t have pain or fullness, and I have energy! I am not afraid of food and I’m experimenting. I continue to see Julie and make changes. Julie is skilled, knowledgeable, understanding… she seeks answers and provides solutions. Working with Julie is the best investment one could ever make.
Embracing Change, Leads to Healing and Opportunity
I love to eat and I love cook. I even plan vacations around the dining experience. But for over a decade, I was suffering with progressively worsening health issues. What began as severe digestive tract problems eventually grew to ear infections, fatigue, joint and muscle pain, sinus problems, headaches, hives and rashes. I was going from doctor to doctor to treat individual symptoms, but I was not getting any relief. No one had an answer. I tried to live with it, but soon I was becoming malnourished since food was not being absorbed properly. Finally, about five years ago, it was suggested that I might have food allergies. I completed an immune blood print and found I had over 30 food allergies, intolerances and sensitivities. Although I was relieved to discover their actually was a reason for all my health issues, I absolutely panicked. No more onions, tomatoes, garlic, gluten, yeast, eggs, cow dairy, peanuts, bananas, white potatoes. The list went on and on. What was I going to eat for myself and how could I possible cook for my family and friends?
Armed with my list of allergies, I went to see Julie. She calmed my panic, suggested food substitutions, and taught me how to eat a balanced diet even though so many foods were now eliminated from my diet. She taught me about hidden foods and food families. I learned about the dangers of cross-contamination. Most important, she told me, “You can do this.” And she was right!
Now that I know to stay away from foods that are toxic to me, I am so happy to report that I am healthy and happy. I learned how to cook in ways that were safe for me and delicious tasting for family and friends. I recently just published a cookbook, ‘LICIOUS: Floribbean Recipes for Those with Multiple food allergies and those that just love delicious food. I wanted to make it easy for those who have just been diagnosed with multiple food allergies so they would not have to go through all the work I did. I truly could not have done it without Julie! She literally saved my life!!
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Hope and New Lease on Life
I have suffered for 10 years with SIBO, leaky gut, candida, IBS-C and multiple food intolerances. I have spent all of those 10 years trying to get better, and Julie has been the first person to really make a difference in my conditions. She is not only very knowledgeable, but she is aware of many aspects of nutrition and health and is a very compassionate person.
I would still be very sick if it weren’t for her. I finally have my life back.
Relief and Freedom from Gut Dysfunction
I first went to Julie in December 2016 because of a 2-year-long battle with IBS, diverticulosis, gastritis, GERD, and sorely inflamed intestines. I was bloated and exhausted and depressed. I was at a complete loss of how to help my body. Working with her for these past 8 months has brought about a complete change in my diet, metabolism, energy, knowledge of foods, and eating habits. I am now out of pain, eat wonderful foods, have lost weight, am no longer bloated, and I feel my energy returning. Julie has made ALL the difference in my health. She doesn’t try to push supplements or make money off me. “You are what you eat!”—And Julie knows what is in every type of food, and which ones will help for your particular problems and which you should avoid. I am awed by her knowledge of nutrition and diet. She is the BEST!!