Around 90% of cancers are caused by poor diet and lifestyle choices, so if you have had a cancer diagnosis and want to do something positive about your life it makes perfect sense to start by sprucing up your diet and cleaning up your lifestyle.
Trouble is, there’s so much information out there that it can be difficult to decide what to do for the best. The outdated view of cancer as a disease of runaway genes doesn’t help. It creates a negative mindset that suggests that nothing can be done. Thankfully, we are learning that both the theory and the mindset are wrong. Cancer is a disease of the whole body, all our body systems are involved – genetic, metabolic, endocrine, digestive, detoxification, immune – and they all have a role to play, not only in development and progression of this disease but also in restoring the balance of health. Considering human health in a holistic framework also emphasises psychological as well as physiological wellbeing which is a vitally important aspect of recovery.
Functional medicine analysis takes a systems approach to health so it’s an ideal way to approach cancer prevention and recovery. It’s also a good way to distinguish the factors that are important for you to pay attention to; by mapping your life and health history, your genes and environment, as well as your current diet and lifestyle we can build a personal picture of your situation, to reach a better understanding of what went wrong and how to put things right.
Restructuring your nutrition and lifestyle following a cancer diagnosis may be the most important life change you ever make. It a process of getting to know yourself better, understanding your strengths and weaknesses, and finding out how best to support your future health and wellbeing. I have found that two meetings initially is the best way to explore your situation, allow time for reflection and arrive at a plan that suits you and the way you live.
When you book an initial appointment package I’ll send you a comprehensive questionnaire so that I can analyse your situation before we meet. Our first, exploratory, session is a chance for me to understand your situation in depth, explain the nutritional approach and highlight the areas we will be focusing on. Between appointments I will research your situation and you can also reflect on any issue that come up before we meet again. In our second meeting I will explain my conclusions and together we will discuss and construct a diet and lifestyle plan. Further to our meeting I will send you a detailed diet and supplement report with meal plans and food list.
After the initial consultation process further support is available via 30 or 60 minute follow-up consultations. Clients often use these sessions to further refine diet, supplement and lifestyle needs as they progress through treatment and beyond, or sometimes we identify specific areas of diet and lifestyle that would benefit from a more in-depth exploration.
More to Explore
Improving your nutritional status goes so much deeper than what you put into your mouth. Your lifestyle choices can have a direct impact on your nutrient status and can radically affect your need for nutrients. For example, when we are stressed our requirement for magnesium soars; and the chemicals we are exposed to in daily life can impact hormones and inflammatory pathways. Complete recovery often means addressing other areas of your life in order to find a new balance; the list below gives examples of areas that may benefit from nutrition and coaching intervention.
- Nutritional strategies for improving chemo’ and radiotherapy outcomes
- Exploring the potential of intermittent fasting
- Supporting your detox pathways and managing environmental toxins*
- Managing hormone production and elimination*
- Exploring your genes and supporting healthy expression*
- Personalised strategies for better sleep and rest*
- Managing stress and improving your stress response
- Finding new meaning and purpose in life after cancer
- Learning to prioritise self care and happiness
- Coping with the demands of personal relationships
- Western approaches to mindfulness and meditation
I normally recommend that we tackle these after the initial consultation. The ones marked with asterisks may be combined with genetic or functional testing. If you are interested to look into any of these areas then you can do so by booking a follow-up appointment and letting me know what you want to address.
When it comes to improving your health, finding the right person to work with is an important part of the equation. That’s why I offer a free exploratory conversation so that we can test the chemistry and I can answer a few questions for you. I can also help you to decide which programme is right for you but I cannot give any personal advice about your health situation in this call.
Making an Appointment
You can book an appointment for any of the programmes on my booking page, which also explains everything you need to know about appointment times and fees. Consultations can take place face-to-face at my home in Kent, or via Skype/FaceTime. It is important that you have a clear diagnosis before we begin our work.
In order to give each client the time they need both during and between appointments (as well as taking care of my own health) I am careful not to overload my diary. Therefore there might be a short wait before a slot is available. This can be anything from 2 weeks to 2 months when things are busy. I have plans to clone myself in future but until I’ve mastered that technology please bear with me! I do understand that your situation feels urgent but I hope you agree that it’s better to wait a little longer to get the right advice. If you are in a hurry please let me know and I’ll put you on the list to be notified if there is a cancellation.
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