It has taken many years of clinical practice to develop Three Steps to Health, a simple but comprehensive, supportive and personalised health programme to help you navigate the chaos and confusion that tends to follow breast cancer diagnosis and support your return to health after treatment.
Three Steps to Health will help you identify your personal risk factors and provide a plan to manage them; an empowering experience that gives you the knowledge and confidence to take responsibility for your health, both now and in the years to come.
While the medical approach tends to be ‘there’s nothing you can do’, the alternative approach is often based on unrealistic and demanding routines that are incompatible with living a normal life, and friends and family often have strong opinions too. Many patients feel completely overwhelmed trying to decide what to do for the best.
For the last twenty years I have made it my mission to learn as much as possible about nutrition and lifestyle strategies for breast cancer survival and, for a long time, I struggled to find the right way to pass this on to clients: how to provide enough information without adding to the sense confusion and overwhelm. My primary aim is to help clients to help themselves – and to do that properly requires an element of education as well as advice. So I devised the Three Steps to Health programme, which takes things step by step, filters the most relevant bits for each client, explains each important area in depth, and divides neatly into three bite-sized chunks:
- Session One: Identifying individual factors that may have contributed to breast cancer development, and explaining how diet and lifestyle changes can help.
- Session Two: Creating a diet that addresses your risk factors and fits with your lifestyle and food preferences to support your return to health.
- Session Three: Coaching problematic aspects of your lifestyle to help you build new habits that prioritise future health and happiness.
Although much of our work will centre around the food you eat, your lifestyle habits also have a profound impact on the way you feel, and the level of health you enjoy. So exploring wider wellbeing issues (like stress, sleep, work, exercise, relationships and environmental exposures) will ensure they are not impacting your efforts to eat well and undermining your ability to function at your best. Supporting you to make changes in a way that doesn’t add to your stress levels is at the core of my coaching approach.
The Three Steps to Health Programme
Step One: Why Me?
Our first meeting is designed to help us both understand why you may have developed breast cancer in the first place. We’ll explore your health history and life history and review your diet and lifestyle, identifying the factors that may have contributed to the problem. During this meeting we may identify a need for more information, for example functional and genetic testing, and sometimes I may point you in the direction of other resources to explore. This first meeting is designed to provide you with the overview and understanding you need to take charge of your situation. While while I may suggest some changes we won’t get to grips with your new diet until the second session. For that reason I suggest booking the second session as soon as possible in order to maintain your momentum.
Output: I will summarise our meeting, outlining your individual risk factors and explaining the diet and lifestyle areas we will focus in our second and third meetings.
Step Two: Fuelling Recovery
Our second meeting will focus on food. The anti-cancer diet has a lot of work to do: creating metabolic efficiency, restoring hormonal balance, supporting detoxification and elimination, reviving immunity, controlling inflammation, protecting and regulating genes, and ensuring optimal digestion and absorption of nutrients. Some of these areas will be more important for you than others and we will spend our time designing a diet that supports your body to function at its best while fitting in with your food and life preferences. Good food is one of life’s pleasures and our aim will be to create a simple and delicious eating plan that helps you feel good both now and in the future, and allows you to live life to the full. Clients usually find they want to complete this session quite soon after the first meeting.
Output: I will send a comprehensive and personalised diet and supplement plan at the end of this meeting.
Step Three: Mind Body Matters
In our third meeting we will review your progress with the diet and then turn our focus to the lifestyle aspects we’ve identified: stress, sleep, relationships, work and financial pressures, mental and emotional difficulties, conflicts and motivations, and personal fulfilment. Many women find that breast cancer diagnosis sparks a great desire for growth and change, and this session provides a change to explore what that means. We will focus on one or two areas and, using a life coaching approach, find ways to increase your peace of mind and feelings of wellbeing. Occasionally this session leads on to further coaching and exploration after the programme has finished. A one or two week gap between sessions two and three seems to work well for most people.
Output: I will summarise our coaching session and then pull all of our work together in a final report that provides you with a personalised plan for future health and wellbeing.
During the programme we may also explore the potential for further personalisation of your diet by commissioning functional or genetic tests, or perhaps plan to work more intensively on lifestyle areas in further coaching sessions.
If you would like to follow the Three Steps to Health programme, please visit my booking page. I recommend a 1-2 week gap between appointments, so it will take 4-6 weeks to complete the programme. When you book your appointment I will send you a questionnaire to fill in that will help me understand what’s going on for you. We can meet at my home in Kent or over Skype or FaceTime.
Although it’s understandable to want to get started as soon as possible, please wait until you have a clear diagnosis before coming to see me as our work will be specific to your situation. And if budgets are an issue, feel free to book your sessions one at a time using the First Appointment and 90-minute follow up options – just let me know in your email that you want to do the Three Steps Programme.
Due to the popularity of the Three Steps programme I recommend booking all three sessions at the same time. If you find it difficult to find a slot please let me know and I will add you to my waiting list and let you know if I get a cancellation.
After this, additional support is available in a variety of ways:
- further nutrition support
- additional coaching & mentoring
- further functional or genetic testing with nutrition and coaching support
You can book here.
You can read some case studies over here.
And you can read about functional and genetic testing over here.
- If you’re not quite ready to commit you may want to schedule an exploratory conversation first. You can do that over here.
- If you are looking for professional mentoring then this is for you.
- My clinic days are Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 10.00am to 4.30pm.
- If you are unable to find a slot please let me know and I can add you to my waiting list.
- Email – dawnwaldron[at]mac[dot]com – is the best way to reach me.
- Meetings take place via Skype/FaceTime or at my home, in Kent.
- I no longer publish telephone details online because of spam and unsolicited sales calls which interrupt client sessions. If you want to talk, please book an exploratory session here.
(Please note: if you just want to be told what to eat to return to health after breast cancer without exploring risk factors or life coaching issues then please book in for a First Appointment – Nutritional Therapy session where our work will follow a more advisory path and we will spend less time looking at risk factors in the first session.)