I’m Lucy, I healed my digestive issues that displayed the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO), Leaky Gut and an increasing amount of allergies which I’d struggled with for 15 years, by taking an Ayurvedic approach to healing. After 3 months with this approach all the digestive issues disappeared along with the allergies that had developed along the way. If you’d like to know more about why I set up this website and wrote ‘Your Peaceful Belly’, or about my qualifications and experience go here.What follows is a quick overview of the journey that led to my healing all the above.
I’d worked for two decades in sustainability and been involved with community food growing projects, while bringing up my boys. After they left home I left home too! I’d never been out of the U.K. and had been working since I was 14 so this seemed like a great thing to do. I left the security I’d created with £200, a rucksack and a bag on wheels.
My journey took me to 2 Eco-projects – Embercombe in Devon, Ecodharma in the Catalonion Pyrenees, and the Schumacher College. I had a great time meeting lots of people who were trying to change the way we do things in the world, to create a fairer, sustainable world. Shortly after returning I set this website up as a free resource sharing all I was learning while I retrained as an Ayurvedic consultant - the training was gifted to me by someone I met along the way - thank you.
My Healing Journey
As those 15 years passed by I visited my doctor’s surgery a few times but IBS, SIBO and Leaky Gut were not recognised in the mainstream back then. All the different symptoms were viewed as separate problems and the patient was viewed as psychologically troubled, perhaps even imagining the symptoms! Western medicine is now discovering the state of your digestion affects how you feel and think and that it underpins many of today's lifestyle diseases. With this relatively new research and understanding, IBS, SIBO, Leaky Gut and other digestive complaints are now acknowledged as real, not imagined disorders.
There are a whole host of names given to digestive challenges including: Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO), Intestinal Permeability (Leaky Gut), Chron’s disease, Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD), Celiac Disease, Ulcerative Colitis, Hemorrhoids.
Ayurveda addresses the underlying causes.
During those 15 years I tried all sorts of things to sort myself out. I juiced, smoothied, gave up gluten, sugar, alcohol and caffeine. For short periods of time I thought I’d found the answer, but in the longer run the conditions just kept getting worse. I started to learn about Ayurveda, then for a number of years I began a 5 day cleanse, but only ever managed one day!
This all changed while I was away on that gap year that turned into three. I met someone who had healed themselves with an Ayurvedic approach while I was volunteering at the Schumacher College. I began an Ayurvedic healing diet which lasted about 3 months, beginning at the Schumcher College and completing this at Ecodharma - an off-grid project in the Catalonian Pyrenees where I skill shared around food and community through an EU funded project. The end of my time at Ecodharma coincided with the completion of this approach to healing my digestion and related symptoms. Before returning to the UK I decided to walk the Camino de Santiago and had to eat whatever came my way. I discovered I was completely healed.
When I left Ecodharma I caught a train that rambled slowly through green hills and valleys. It was so peaceful to look out at the lakes and tiny ancient villages scattered along the way. The train I was on rambled slowly to Logrono where I began my new journey. After four weeks and 670 km of dirt track and old roads where the earth changed from red to dark brown, with tiny villages and ancient albergues constantly appearing on the horizon I arrived in Santiago as the sun was rising. It felt amazing to have been able to walk all this distance having just recovered from 15 years of IBS, SIBO and Leaky Gut which had led to a continued state of malabsorption, dehydration, exhaustion, losing 5 teeth, and a vast number of changing allergies.
“Midday found me attending the Pilgrim Mass at the Santiago de Compostela Cathedral. This Cathedral is huge with lots of different rooms inside its great frame. The stone work has ornate painted decorations; cherubs the size of real people in many colours and gold, gold, gold. Nothing like this exists in the UK. Towards the end of the service four men lowered a huge incense container - Botafumeiro (smoke expeller). Fiery coals were solemnly carried and placed inside the Botafumeiro and frankincense added to these. The four men in their red robes - tiraboleiros (incense carriers) started to work with long thick ropes attached to the Botafumeiro, pulling at them until this great cauldron of burning incense started to swing back and forth on a huge chain across the width of the Cathedral I was sitting in. The heady frankensense smoke billowed out spectacular and beautiful as had been my journey. Well in fact all three of them; the three years exploring sustainable approaches to community, the journey to feel well again, and walking the Camino.”
I returned to the UK at the end of 2014 with £1.50, my health and so much more. A friend asked how I felt when I realised I was completely healed and I said, “I had a peaceful Belly”, they said, well that’s your business then! A new journey began; training as an Ayurvedic consultant with the American Institute of Vedic Studies and setting up my Peaceful Belly business selling freshly made kitchari - the Ayurvedic healing food that was central to healing my condition. It was at this time that I had the idea for the “Your Peaceful Belly” book which was to be a practical resource for my case studies.
Once I began writing the initial idea which centered around the Ayurvedic cleanse and how I adapted this to heal my condition, the book quickly turned into something bigger. As I learned that a compromised digestion weakens our immune system and underpins many of today’s lifestyle diseases, I decided to write a book that would support people to create their own Ayurvedic preventative healthcare plan as well.
Alongside writing this book I trained as a Solution Focused Hypnotherapist to support people to address the stress in their lives. It was the stress symptoms of PTSD that led to the beginning of my digestive complaints - I was gifted a course of Solution Focused Hypnotherapy which cured it. The combination of Solution Focused Hypnotherapy and Ayurveda is a powerful combination for addressing digestive challenges.
Although Lucy is an Ayurvedic consultant she is not your doctor! The information on this website is designed to provide helpful information on the subjects discussed. This website is not meant to be used to diagnose or treat any medical condition. For diagnosis or treatment of any medical problem, consult your physician!