It has taken me fourteen years of clinical practice to develop Three Steps to Health, a comprehensive, supportive and personalised health programme that supports biochemical individuality, healthy lifestyle change and optimal nutritional status. The process is designed to be creative, collaborative and enjoyable, and it creates a map that lends itself to deeper biochemical investigation if we feel it’s necessary.
Although the motivation behind my practice has always been to find a way to help women with breast cancer take better care of themselves, the programme is suitable for anyone wanting to improve their health.
One of the underlying principles of Functional Medicine is to focus not on the disease but on the person who has the disease. That’s why looking at biochemical individuality – your unique health picture – is the first step in the programme. But focusing on you rather than on you disease also means that we can build a plan that fits in with your life rather than making it more stressful.
Three Steps to Health
Step One: Uniquely You
Our first meeting is designed to help us both understand you better. We’ll explore your health history and life history with a view to understanding your individual risk factors, then we’ll explore your current diet and lifestyle to see what might what areas need to change for healthy functioning to be restored. At the end of this meeting you will have some simple diet and lifestyle changes to make.
Step Two: Mind Body Matters
Our second meeting will focus on the lifestyle aspects of your situation: exploring the areas that are causing tension: identifying strengths and weaknesses, conflicts and motivations, supporting emotional resilience, and identifying and prioritising the areas with the most potential to increase your feelings of wellbeing. At the end of this meeting we will build on your progress so far, refining and adding to the healthy changes you are making.
Step Three: Fuelling Recovery
Our third meeting will focus on nutritional aspects, collating the findings from our previous meetings to formulate a personalised diet, lifestyle and supplement plan that supports good health. We will consider your nutritional, pharmaceutical and environmental inputs, your predisposing factors and existing symptoms, and the impact of stress and lifestyle choices on your health. At the end of this meeting I will pull together everything we have discussed into a written programme for you to follow.
Each meeting can work well as a standalone session but completing the package is an ideal way to give your diet and lifestyle a complete makeover. Sessions last 90 minutes and I will send a brief summary including the diet and lifestyle areas we highlighted after each one.
After the third meeting I will pull the threads together from all 3 sessions to provide you with a programme summary together with a personalised diet and lifestyle plan.
The meetings can be booked all at once, or one at a time, depending on your budget and time constraints. A 3-week gap between sessions seems to work well: long enough to make some changes and observe the effect, and short enough to keep you focussed.
When you book your first 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. Email support is included between meetings and for a couple of weeks after our last meeting.
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
- help with meal planning, shopping and cooking at your house or mine
You can book your first appointment 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 to the three-step plan 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 10.30am to 4.30pm.
- 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.