Marta M, London – Personal Nutritional Therapy Plan
I first met Sam in March 2017 as doctors hadn’t been able to help my severe condition. For the last 10 years I have been suffering with HS (hidradenitis suppurativa) which is an auto-immune skin condition. My skin would flare up and boils-like bumps would appear. It is a very painful and debilitating illness. I’d gone to see a dermatologist, a gynaecologist (thinking it might be hormonal) and my GP numerous times. I was given a long course of antibiotics which worked at first but then stopped as if I became immune to them. Nothing else topical worked and my condition kept getting worse and worse. I was desperate to find a solution and I got in touch with Sam.
She took so much time to delve into my medical history, my past and my diet. She asked loads of questions and listened to all my concerns and wishes.
Her knowledge, advice and support helped me get better. So much better. Before I met her and changed the way I cook and eat food, I would get at least 3 or 4 boils a month which sometimes made it painful to even walk but now I have not had a flare up in 3 months. I am completely shocked by the change in my skin (I also had some acne on my face). My energy levels are through the roof, I am sleeping like a baby (bad sleep was also an issue for me), I am rested, happy and I have never felt healthier.
I have recommended Sam to my friends and have shared what I learnt from her with them because I know this way of life would make someone else as happy as it made me. I am finally free from what for 10 years made me miserable and that is just amazing. You are what you eat – so true!
Thank you Sam, I will always be grateful for all the help you have (and continue to) given me.
George ON, London – Personal Nutrition plan, with investigatory tests Gut healing protocol
I turned to Sam when I was suffering from regular pain in my gut as well as considerable weight loss over a short period of time and receiving imprecise guidance and ineffective action from my GP. I was immediately scheduled for a personal session; in which I left with a diet plan that immediately stopped the pain and weight loss.
After receiving test results, the problem was pinpointed with more accuracy and I conducted a two week natural protocol to heal my gut. The results were fantastic and I have not felt any pain since.
In addition to this, dietary changes made since my first meeting with Sam have had a noticeable effect on my levels of alertness and concentration during the day. I have been cured of the problem in my gut and I will be keeping the changes to my diet.
Thank you for everything Sam, I really appreciate it.
Sam G, London – Personal Nutrition plan & Detox Program
As a man moving into middle age, earlier this year I found increasingly that a high pressure life with competing demands of work and family was starting to take its toll. I noticed telltale signs of fatigue and stress that were impacting on my physical and emotional wellbeing. Despite exercising regularly, my weight had reached 100KG, I seemed to catch every bug and I struggled to sleep or concentrate.
Sam Bourne has been a friend for some years and while chatting socially one day I mentioned my symptoms, Sam offered me a consultation. Our first meeting was very relaxed, informal and surprisingly interesting. We walked though key stages and events of my life and chatted about my everyday, my routines, likes and dislikes. Sam was great, her approach was friendly, clear, professional and insightful.
By the end of our first meeting Sam had made some observations and gave me some initial recommendations pending a review of her notes, a few simple tests and our next consultation. Her initial recommendations were very clear, simple and easy to carry out. I started to see the results within days, my sleep improved and the fog I’d felt for some time started to lift, it was amazing!
We met again a few weeks later and Sam walked me through her carefully prepared and detailed plan to improve my health and wellbeing. I was hugely impressed and actually excited to receive the next installment of her advice and recommendations. There was a course of supplements, some nutritional tweaks and clear guidance on my frequently erratic eating patterns. It was not difficult to maintain the new status quo for the prescribed four weeks.
When we met again I really did feel like a new man, happier, healthier and 2KG lighter. The puffiness that I’d become used to had drained away to reveal muscle tone, my complexion and eyes were bright, and my memory and mind felt sharper. But best of all, I had been sleeping consistently for weeks. I really didn’t think I could feel any better.
Sam knew better and talked me through the next stage of the process, a 28-day detox. This involved what sounded like an almost impossible retreat into fruit, pulses and vegetables. On the black list were alcohol, wheat, meat, dairy, sugar and all processed foods. I was amazed to find that it wasn’t that hard to stick to and even more amazed to find the extraordinary and wonderful flavors that had been hidden in the most basic foods. Salad leaves that burst into a symphony of bitter sweetness and normal everyday fruits that were so tasty they made your head fizz. It was an epiphany!
After what seemed like a very short 28-days I was 94KG zinging and bouncing with a totally natural energy that came from within. This was life changing, many of the new ways had stuck and a lot of the old bad habits had just fallen away naturally and painlessly. I was in an absolutely and completely different place from the grey fug of two months earlier.
I now have much more balanced lifestyle with a diet that suits me, it includes wine and other favorites but in moderation. I am now living a happier healthier and more productive life based on a few simple foundations that Sam pointed me towards and I am so grateful – thank you Sam!
Richard B, London – FoodSpa 28 Day Gentle Detox Program
I really enjoyed the FoodSpa 28 day Detox program. I felt great for the duration.
I was sharper and more alert at work. No peaks or troughs in energy…
Just a constant level. I slept incredibly well every night (some VERY intense dreams though!).
One key point to include for others is the money you save. Hundreds of pounds over
the month and that makes you feel even better!
I think the most important thing is that it’s taught me new (good) habits to carry
on beyond the detox period.
I’ll definitely do the detox again (ideally twice a year). I was skeptical,
but the benefits were fantastic.
Tam Beck, London – Personal Nutrition Plan
I first met Sam in September 2007, we met in the social environment
of the school playground.
It was just after the summer holidays and most people were relaxed
and happy. I was not. Even though Sam did not know me well she could
tell that I was suffering and after a week in she comforted me and
suggested we meet to discuss what was happening to me.
Sam was very sympathetic, approachable and easy to talk to.
I was really able to open up to her in complete confidence.
I was quiet depressed/sad, exhausted, had gained a lot of weight in a
short space of time and I had a temperature and “cold type” symptoms
that were very persistent. Sam helped me to review
my diet, my medical and emotional history and the currant state of affairs. S
am does this in a compassionate, non judgemental way. She is firm but caring
and gave me a sense of belief that under her care things WILL get better.
I have followed Sam’s recommendations which have included Nutritional Therapy,
seeing a private G.P., cranial sacral work, Yoga, more exercise. I have now been diagnosed
with Hashimoto’s Disease and I have no doubt that had I not been under Sam’s care
I would have deteriorated much more quickly. I hugely appreciate the help and guidance
that Sam has given me and I hope to remain in her care.
Matt A, Hitchin – Personal Nutritional Plan
If you want to find a way to balance the demands of a hectic life style whilst
trying to push your body to the limits, I would start with Sam from FoodSpa.
I am one of those people who try to do about a hundred different things at the
same time, train for an Ironman, spend time with the kids, and keep up with a
pretty demanding work schedule. Doing this consistently requires that you
understand how to keep your body healthy, and I could see that I was starting to
suffer. I went to Sam for some support, advice and a plan. That’s exactly what I got,
she helped me put a practical, effective and simple plan together. I have really
noticed the difference, she’s brilliant. Now I can do even more!
Helen M, London – Personal Nutritional Therapy Plan
I went to Sam very frustrated after lots of failed dieting and weight
ballooning out of control. I had no energy, couldn’t sleep yet couldn’t get up
in the morning and was stressed by the juggling of a job and home life with
two small children. I was recommended to talk to Sam by a fellow mother at school
and I have been amazed by the transformation that Sam has helped me with.
Whilst I am not exactly a model client, still having a liking for icecream!, she has
given me the tools to a better relationship with food which has in turn helped
re-energise me, I sleep better and I cope better with life in general.
As she keeps telling me, it isn’t about dieting, it is about thinking
about what I’m putting into my body, and understanding what my body
is telling me. Sam herself is calm, measured, firm yet understanding
and full of ideas and tips to help you get yourself back on track.
I couldn’t recommend her highly enough.
Ming T, New York – Personal Nutritional Plan
It is a pleasure to write this testimonial for Sam Bourne.
I first saw Sam in January this year when I had received some alarming
repeated blood test results showing that my SGOT (AST) and SGPT (ALT)
liver enzymes and my cholesterol levels were elevated and had not come
down despite being careful with what I ate and drank.
She took an extensive case history covering subjects such as
my diet, lifestyle, work and medical history and assessed that my gut and
liver had suffered some damage from a combination of not managing my diet
properly and stress. She recommended a change in food and lifestyle with
targeted dietary changes and supplements. She also recommended
meditation to help me with stress relief.
I stuck to the regimen and saw an improvement in my energy levels and also
started to feel a lot “better” after a couple of weeks. Sam has been great
in monitoring my progress and providing me with encouragement.
I had another blood test in March this year.
I was pleased to see that my liver enzymes had returned to within
normal parameters and my cholesterol levels had reduced slightly.
I was really relieved as I thought I was down a slippery slope with
liver damage and thanks to Sam I have now put a stop to this.
While I am not quite there with my cholesterol levels, I am confident that
if I continue with Sam’s regime this will be resolved.
Sam is a highly competent practitioner in naturopathic nutrition and also
has a caring and concerned nature. I would recommend her to anyone
who has issues in this area.