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Success Story: Jen & IBS

I’m excited to share Jennifer Browne’s story with you all today!  Check it out:

I can only describe my plant-based diet as the difference between being incredibly sick, and being vivaciously healthy. That was literally the difference this diet has made to my life. Sparked by reading Alicia Silverstone’s The Kind Diet, my transformation from a sick girl struggling to cope with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) to one who looked and felt radiant and pain-free took exactly six days.

That’s it. I gave up meat, dairy, processed food and sugar for six days, and felt the best I could ever remember feeling. When something changes your life so profoundly for the better, there is no way you can’t share it, shout it from the rooftops, and/or beg people to try it, too.

So I wrote a book! Happy Healthy Gut is my food bible. It encompasses everything I’ve learned and researched and stumbled upon when it comes to our food industry, and the very backwards way both Canada and the United States deal with sickness and health. It’s my plea to everyone out there to take responsibility for their own health, because I know first-hand that if you don’t, no one else will. No one makes money when you discover your body is self-healing, and the best prescription for what ails you is plant-based food.

I haven’t had a beef burger or pepperoni pizza or fried chicken for four years, and I feel amazing. What I do eat is plenty of vegetables, fruit, whole grains, nuts, and seeds. I’m no longer afraid of preparing tofu. I enjoy knowing that I can wear something fitted and not worry about getting a flare-up.

Life is definitely kind, happy, and healthy.

Yours in Fabulous Health



Thank you Jennifer!

Has a Kind Diet helped you to heal your body, inside or out? I want to hear your story! Email me here to share!


  • Adriana Thurman

    After being hit with being so very sick and going to countless doctors that couldn’t tell me what was wrong with me. They finally basically tell you, you have IBS and there is nothing they can do but give you stuff to treat the symptoms. The only person I found that helped me so very much was my nutritionist and then finding the perfect naturopath! Food healed me! I went from feeling sick, lethargic and scared I would never be normal again to having my life back! I am now the healthiest and strongest I have ever been. It changed my whole life. I wanted to make my body and health my priority, with exercise and a healthy diet. Now 3 years later life is so good. After reading The Kind Diet I went one step further and cut meat of my diet too! I am now a gluten free, vegan. I feel happy to change the world in a small way. I always tell people that are struggling with similar things to turn to finding the root of the problem rather then treating the symptoms. Modern medicine failed me and I truly believe that our bodies can heal themselves from SO many things! That’s my truth!

    • Lisa Scharin

      AMEN to that!!!! Congrats on becoming VEGAN!!!! YEAH!!!!!!!!!! YOU GO GIRL!!!!!!

  • Crystal E

    Thank you so much for sharing your story! I would love to pass your book along to family and friends who deal with IBS.

  • Rhonda

    Such an encouraging story Jennifer. It is amazing when we hear of people finding the way to allow their body to heal from a diet of demise to health. Congratulations writing a book to share your healing experience. You are the example that food is power.

    • Lisa Scharin

      I am constantly telling my friend who is constantly sick that she MUST change her diet! Her excuse is that she can’t afford to buy healthy food, I say HOGWASH!!!! If I can do it on my lousy thinner than a nanothread budget, anyone can!! AND besides that, the cost for her medicines, traveling to the doctors constantly, time wasted in the ER and that cost and time wasted in a waiting room would certainly pay for some amazingly healthy food!!

  • docheather

    What a great success story! I’ve seen the same results with giving up animal products and gluten for all my IBS patients.

  • Staci

    What an inspiring story. I have been flirting with the vegan lifestyle but it is so hard to kick the sugar and meat/dairy habit. I know I will feel much better if I would just make the change. There is also a part of me that is fearful of being criticized by friends and family for becoming vegan. I am 41 and have suffered with endometriosis, fibroids and infertility and I do believe that if I can make the change that alot or all of my symptoms would improve or disappear. With age I realize how important it is to take control of my own health and a holistic approach is the best way. Any advice would be appreciated.

    • Lisa Scharin

      Having said all that here, haven’t you proven your case TO go vegan??? It’s the most amazing thing you will probably ever do in your life and DON’T care what people think about it!!! You are TOO old to care about that!!! There are SO many amazing options out there to choose from-it’s a WHOLE NEW world and ONE to be PROUD of!!!! Take the plunge-JUST DO IT!!!! Make it a life style and it WILL be LIFE changing! THAN YOU can inspire others to do the same!!!! GO FOR IT!! I’ve been without “meat” for 44 years, chicken around 13-14 years, fish 4 year, milk probably 20 and now cheese, and other dairy for 2 years. For me cheese was the hardest, but when I saw and read what happens to the baby male calves and the female cows, etc. I could NOT enjoy it any longer!!! Be an inspiration to those around you!!! People always guess me to be 10 years younger than I am!!! It’s not bragging, it’s a fact.

      • Staci

        Thanks Lisa. You are absolutely right and when I do eat a mostly plant based diet I do feel better and lighter.

  • Beth

    I was told by doctors I had IBS after running many tests that ruled out food allergies (but not food intolerance’s). I even saw a specialist whom I felt brushed aside my concerns, even after a stomach biopsy showed my villi where inflamed and aggravated. I have slowly stepped into eating gluten free over the past few weeks. I already have issues with dairy and stay away from it. I hope Jennifer can write another sort of update this year on her health and progress.