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 a rather disempowering ‘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. 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 to find the right way to pass it on: to provide enough information to make a difference, 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: Reviewing progress, incorporating test results to improve diet personalisation, 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 minor diet changes as homework, 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: Focus on Food
Our second meeting will be all about nutrition. 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, allowing 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: Getting Personal
In our third meeting we will review your progress and increase the level of personalisation. Typically this session differs from one client to the next: we may use it to incorporate functional or genetic test results and emphasise new foods or supplements; or we may be reshaping your diet following the completion (or onset) of treatment; or maybe we will focus on lifestyle aspects: stress or anxiety, sleeping difficulties or domestic pressures, conflicts and motivations. Many women find that their breast cancer diagnosis uncovers a deep desire for growth and change, and this session can provide an opportunity to explore what that means.
Output: I will summarise our third 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.
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 the first two appointments, and a 4-6 week gap between the second and third.
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, I find that it works better if you wait until you have a clear diagnosis before coming to see me as our work will be specific to your situation.
Following the completion of Three Steps to Health, 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.
- Email – dawnwaldron[at]mac[dot]com – is the best way to reach me.
- 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.
- Meetings take place via Skype/FaceTime or at my home, in Kent.
- Please note that I offer a strictly limited number of appointment slots so that I am able to provide a high level of personalisation for each client and keep up to date with the latest research. This means that at busy times there may be a wait of several weeks before your first appointment becomes available.
- 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.