Three Steps to Health

A powerful programme designed to help you identify and manage your personal risk factors for breast cancer occurrence and recurrence, Three Steps to Health will help you understand your situation in more detail and navigate the many choices and changes you want to make. Ideal for cancer patients who prefer an advice based rather than coaching based approach, and for women with a BRCA inheritance, significant family history, or other predisposing factors who wish to stay healthy.

STEP ONE: DIET AND LIFESTYLE AUDIT AND UNDERSTANDING YOUR PERSONAL SITUATION

This session is a chance for me to understand your situation in depth and for us to look at all the elements of your diet and lifestyle that may have impacted your health. Using the Functional Medicine model, we will identify your personal strengths and weakness and consider the options for gaining a deeper perspective with biochemical and genetic testing. You will leave this session with a detailed health ‘strategy’ and a better understanding of that all important question, “Why Me?” I will also make some initial diet recommendations for you to follow before our next meeting.

STEP TWO: DIGGING INTO DIET: ALL THE RIGHT FOODS IN ALL THE RIGHT WAYS

Our second session will be all about diet: not just what you eat, but why you eat and when you eat. After fifteen years in clinical practice I’m well aware that knowing what to eat and actually eating it are not the same thing. The quality and timing of meals is important, and making sure you enjoy the foods on your plan is vital. Clients really enjoy this session as we create delicious meal options for every occasion and discuss ways to include the right food in your life without it becoming a chore. After this session I will add a detailed meal plan and food list to your health plan.

STEP THREE: GETTING TO GRIPS WITH YOUR GLITCHES

When it comes to cancer there is often confusion behind the diagnosis. Not only is the disease a medical mystery, but also the people it chooses contributes to a ‘random’ reputation. Indeed, most of the people who come to see me are very health conscious: most already eat a pretty good diet, and few understand why it happened. Getting to grips with the set of circumstances that may have led to your diagnosis – in order to find a better balance in future – is a core part of our work. This session will look at your health history and current lifestyle to identify areas that might be acting as a drain on your nutrient status, or patterns that may indicate you have an increased need for key nutrients. If appropriate, we will also look at the details of your diagnosis, your cancer stage and your receptor status to prioritise supplements that have been shown to be useful in clinical trials for your specific situation. We will use all of this information to build a personalised supplement plan to add the finishing touch to your diet and lifestyle plan.

We can also use this meeting to discuss future testing to get a clearer picture of your situation. Nutritional analysis can identify difficulties with absorption and utilisation of nutrients (despite a good diet), biochemical testing can reveal raised nutrient requirements, genetic testing can reveal difficulties in processing nutrients.

TAKE THE FIRST STEP

When you book an initial appointment I’ll send you a comprehensive questionnaire so that I can analyse your situation before we meet. It’s best to book the meetings about four weeks apart – a gap long enough to allow us to gather any test results and to give you time to settle in to the diet and discover the areas where you need more support.

Between appointments I will research your situation (read the medical literature, discuss your test results with laboratories, talk to supplement companies, seek advice from trusted colleagues) and you can also reflect on any issues that come up for you and think about any questions you would like to ask before we meet again. I will follow each meeting with comprehensive notes which will build into a personalised diet, supplement and lifestyle report.

For every one hour appointment I spend with you, I’ll take around two hours before and after researching your situation and preparing notes to help you. You will get much more out of our time together if you do the same. Prepare your aims for each session and come with questions that you want answers to.  The notes I prepare for you are packed with practical information, so make time after the session to read then carefully, to follow the links to the recipes and resources I suggest. It’s important that you have a bit of  space available in your schedule to implement the diet and lifestyle suggestions we’ll discuss.

Exploratory Chat

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

Please make your appointments on my booking page, which also explains everything you need to know about clinic hours, meeting durations 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.

The only way I can give a genuine personalised service and keep abreast of the current research is to limit my client list and clinic time: at the moment I have six to eight appointment slots each week. This means that there will normally be a 4 to 10 week before a space is available. Generally speaking I’m not set up to provide advice in emergencies but if your situation feels pressing then please contact me below to provide more information.

Finally, may I invite you to read the information on the front page of my website about cancer, genes and lifestyle, so that you get a feel for the way I work.

When you’re ready, please click on this link to book a slot that suits your diary. Or drop me a line below.