About Clear Focus Nutrition
A registered dietitian living with celiac disease, offering credible and trustworthy advice.
47% of people still experience stomach symptoms one year post diagnosis of celiac disease.
20% of people in North America live with persistent stomach pain, bloating and gas.
Are you one of them?
I can help you be symptom free.
Who is Amy Horrock?
How is she different from other dietitians?
I’m Amy, a passionate registered dietitian, toddler mom, celiac disease and non-celiac gluten sensitivity advocate.
In 2009 I finished my degree at the University of Manitoba with a degree in Human Nutritional Sciences. I graduated at the top of my class, a tiny bit below my twin sister (I may still be harbouring some competitive disgruntlement!). I went on to complete a year of internship in Winnipeg, Manitoba to become a registered dietitian.
I live in beautiful Victoria, BC with my husband and young son. I am registered with the College of Dietitians of BC, a proud member of the Dietitians of Canada and Canadian Celiac Association.
My experience is diverse including clinical work, project and change management within health authorities and I’ve had a special interest in celiac disease and gut health for over five years.
Dietitians are like any other health professional. We often specialize.
It’s impossible to know details of every area in nutrition as dietitians. I chose celiac disease and gut health because I have personal experience with it. I live with non-celiac gluten sensitivity and managed IBS which I have struggled with since childhood.
Soon after our honeymoon, my husband was diagnosed with celiac disease. It was unexpected and turned our world upside down.
It shouldn’t have been a surprise really.
He had textbook symptoms of celiac disease. He was very thin, anemic, had trouble sleeping and concentrating, abdominal symptoms, pain and ate a ridiculous amount of food but couldn’t gain a pound! His blood work was off the charts with celiac specific antibody levels and his intestinal biopsy confirmed his diagnosis of celiac disease.
As a registered dietitian, I thought it would be easy to navigate the gluten free world. Just eat gluten free! How hard could it be?
I was wrong. It was hard. He felt even sicker before he felt better.
Eating gluten free was just ONE PIECE OF THE PUZZLE to healing and becoming symptom free.
Our healing journey
It took well OVER A YEAR for my husband to heal. He had a number of significant set backs including a couple trips to the ER, CT scans, an MRI, x-rays, an EKG, multiple rounds of blood work and one doctor even diagnosed (incorrectly) him with an abdominal tumour. It was a scary time.
He was really sick.
When we asked for answers to his severe abdominal pain flare ups and other symptoms his doctor’s kept shrugging and saying “I’m not sure what we can do, just don’t eat gluten”.
We had to figure things out on our own. To read more about our journey check out this article.
Healing came with strict attention to celiac safe foods, adding in highly nourishing foods, correcting nutrient deficiencies, supporting gut healing, identifying some underlying food intolerance, reducing inflammation and calming the mind and body.
My own journey
Personally, I have IBS and have had that since I was a young girl. Interestingly my identical twin sister does not have IBS. Why? Because I had an intense gastrointestinal illness when I was 8 years old. I was treated with strong medication including a couple rounds of antibiotics. After that my gut has been very sensitive.
And I mean super sensitive. I vividly remember having 10/10 pain several times as a child. Being a child though, I didn’t think it was a problem.
As a young adult I battled significant stomach pain and bloating and had two separate areas of my closet. One for bloat days and one for flat stomach days. On road trips I would travel with a pillow pressed against my stomach. My wedding day? So uncomfortable laced up in that dress.
All of that started to change when my husband was diagnosed with celiac disease.
I went gluten free along with him in support…and surprisingly a lot of my symptoms went away! I was shocked at how well I felt. I went back on gluten to get screened properly for celiac disease. It was negative. I was diagnosed with IBS and non-celiac gluten sensitivity. I managed my gut symptoms through diet (a bit more than gluten) and I feel amazing most days.
Why I do what I do
I know personally how debilitating gut symptoms can be. I know personally how healing post celiac diagnosis can be challenging and frustrating.
Many people agree, they may feel better on a gluten free diet…but not completely. Often there are other factors at play.
For an interview on this topic listen to me on a Canadian Celiac Podcast here.
Managing celiac disease and related symptoms largely falls to a skilled dietitian.
“The most powerful tool…the ability to heal…rests in the hands of a knowledgeable dietitian. This is the key figure for the proper treatment of celiac disease and other gluten-related disorders”. – Alessio Fasano, MD Founder and Director of the Centre for Celiac Research at Massachusetts General Hospital Harvard Medical School
Can you relate to this:
- Did you expect to feel better after going gluten free?
- Are you gaining more weight that you think is healthy?
- Do you still struggle with ongoing symptoms?
- Elevated tTg antibody levels
- Persistent intestinal damage
- Persistent anemia
- Unresolved nutrient deficiencies
- Stomach pain and bloating
- Constipation or diarrhea
Did you know that 47% of patients still experience stomach symptoms one year post diagnosis of celiac disease?
I can help.
Benefits of working with me
- Feel better! Reduce or eliminate persistent symptoms
- Improved your energy levels
- Resolve nutrient deficiencies
- Know how to get adequate nutrients in your diet
- Confidently prepare safe gluten free foods
- Identify your own digestive symptom triggers
- Become organized around meal planning
- Evening and weekend sessions are available to suit your schedule
- Fast availability, no lengthy wait list
- Sessions are done in the comfort of your own home with a secure virtual conferencing link. No driving, no parking, no hassle!
- I work with clients across Canada
Nutrition coaching features
- Personalized nutrition advice from a qualified and experienced registered dietitian
- Action steps to improve your current health status
- Specific recommendations on improving your nutritional intake
- Resources to help inform you
Contact me to start feeling better
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