Inspired by a very personal struggle, Feel Good Nutrition came to life in 2015 out of passion and a desire to help others! I founded my virtual nutrition and healthy lifestyle practice after struggling with debilitating Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) for almost 10 years.
I bet our stories sound a little bit alike, but you tell me!
Throughout high school I struggled with digestive problems. I took lactaid and Tums like they were candy but could never identify the cause. During this time, it was recommended that I see a therapist because IBS was psychosomatic (a physical illness aggravated by a mental factor, like stress). When I started college, my symptoms got worse. I tried every diet that I could think of and multiple medications but to no avail. When I discovered dietetics, my junior year of college, I met with a local dietitian who thought I had short bowel syndrome (despite never having GI surgery) and eventually, over a school break I had an appointment with a new "up and coming" GI doctor.
I wanted my appointment to be worth while, so for the month prior to my appointment, I cut out food labels and highlighted ingredients that I thought caused problems, I kept a food/symptom log and arrived at my appointment fully prepared to work with my doctor to figure out this problem.
When she walked in the room, she spent a couple minutes asking about my symptoms but when I offered my food log and baggie of ingredient labels she had no interest in looking at them. Instead, she was quick to diagnose me with IBS, handed me a list of "eat this, not that" for the Low FODMAP diet and said "follow this for 1 month and come back". When I explained to her that I was studying to be a dietitian and was interested in what FODMAP meant, she told me to "look it up" and sent me on my way.
Needless to say I didn't go back...
What killed me the most about this appointment, is that I felt like I was just my diagnosis. My doctor didn't want to take the time to get to know me, my struggles, or the motivation that I had to take back my health and my life.
Carie Haynes, RDN, CLT
Registered Dietitian & Food Sensitivity Specialist
Carie is a registered dietitian and certified LEAP therapist. She is currently back in school to become a Naturopathic Medical Doctor. She specializes in helping people achieve a realistic, healthy lifestyle through nutrition counseling. When she graduates, she looks forward to incorporating more tools into her practice.
Carie specializes in food sensitivities because of her own experience with IBS lasting more than 10 years. Through the LEAP diet protocol, she healed her own gut and founded Feel Good Nutrition, LLC to help others do the same! She believes that through education and support we can cause health instead of disease.
Carie graduated from the University of Missouri - Columbia. She completed her degree and clinical experience at top-ranked hospitals in Missouri. She is currently in school at the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine. At school, she uses her nutrition knowledge to tutor students in biochemistry and serves as the Nutrition Ambassador through the American College of Nutrition, the Student Member on the Board of Trustees and class president for her cohort.