Relax, it’s cancer

That’s probably not the headline you expected to see, but it may be what you most need to hear. A cancer diagnosis tends to turn every aspect of life on its head: sleep disrupted, careers interrupted, finances drained, relationships strained, and our sense of security badly dented. The underlying stress takes its toll, leaving you anxious and exhausted, pushing hormonal and metabolic pathways to their limits.

Cancer is widely considered to have its origins in metabolic dysfunction at a cellular level. There are complex genetic, nutritional and lifestyle factors involved but stress makes everything worse, creating the perfect environment for cancer to thrive. Even though you may have a million and one decisions to make, it’s time to take a deep breath and relax. It may well be your first step on the road to recovery.

You will have heard people say ‘we are what we eat’, but it’s not quite that simple: even the best diet can’t compensate for an imbalanced lifestyle. Our genes and environment, thoughts and lifestyle have a significant impact, and our individual biochemistry means that some of us are more vulnerable than others. My practice is centred around reclaiming your mental and physical wellbeing, and restoring your cellular environment to metabolic normality – making you as inhospitable to cancer as you can be. Finding a healthy nutrition and lifestyle balance that works with your personality and circumstances is the key to success. By making better diet and lifestyle choices in the future than you did in the past, you are statistically far more likely to join the survivors.

My work is based on extensive study, research and clinical experience – and a passion for my subject. I have achieved a high level of academic and professional competence but I am also a 21 year survivor of grade 3, stage 3 receptor negative breast cancer – which gives me an empathic and realistic perspective.

I graduated from ION in 2004 and I was a tutor and lecturer for the college for five years. In 2016 I completed a postgraduate certificate in Personalised Nutrition with CNELM and in 2017 I trained in Functional Medicine and became a BANT registered nutrigenomic counsellor. I’m registered with BANT and CNHC, and accredited by the NTC. I am an expert on the ketogenic diet (but I don’t think it’s a panacea) and one of the first UK nutritionists to publish a book about it, The Dissident Diet, in 2012. I am a well-known lecturer and public speaker within my profession, and write a popular health and recipe blog.

I see clients at home in Kent and also via Skype and FaceTime, allowing me to help clients all over the world. You can read more about me over here or watch a short video over here. Learn more about my approach by following the blog, cooking the recipes, and keeping an eye out for updates on Facebook. When you’re ready, please get in touch to tell me about yourself or make an appointment or book a free exploratory chat with me here.

At the current time in the UK it is illegal for anyone who is not a doctor to claim to treat or prevent cancer or to give advice about cancer treatment. The information, recipes and suggestions shared here are written for a wide audience and should not be construed as personal recommendations; neither are they intended as an alternative to medical advice.

The plethora of books and advice out there is confusing to say the least.  Your ability to distil the latest research and give sensible practical advice on how to make changes to our diets I personally find invaluable.

Rachel

You helped me see that there are things you can do to help yourself and you know what changes to make if you give yourself enough time, thought and kindness.

Jane