I believe a healthy diet, tailored to individual needs, can make a big difference to how you do, feel and respond when you have cancer. It will also help to reduce the risk of recurring cancer and other illnesses.
I work with my clients to educate and advise them on the best diet for their circumstances. I aim to give them choices that help them maintain health, but that also easily fit in with their lifestyle and habits. They know they can talk to me in a safe environment without being judged.
My service is very personalised. I encourage clients to enjoy eating the right things rather than focussing on avoidance. I’m a professionally trained chef and am at my best when I am in my kitchen connecting people with food that is easy, appetizing, tasty and introducing them to how it can help them to feel and be better.
I often join my clients on shopping trips to the supermarket to help them know which brand is better, what shortcuts and how they can tweak their family favourites so that the work for their needs. I have also worked with a number of schools and am pictured below in a café called YOLO. I helped to develop the menu concepts, recipes and healthy weight management programs the café incorporates around its menu.
How I work with you
No single approach works for everyone, so I work with each person according to their needs and circumstances. The initial consultation takes about 60 minutes, and subsequent appointments can take up to 30 minutes.
I always start with a detailed health and medical screening to find out exactly where you are at the moment, and what you want to achieve.
The screening also helps me understand what is happening your life that may influence your health and eating patterns. This includes things like family pressures, personal issues or barriers, having to cater for children at mealtimes, financial constraints and so on.
Following the screening, I’ll prepare a dietary or nutritional assessment. This is an in-depth evaluation of your food and nutrient intakes, lifestyle, medical and family history.
It covers the following:
- Height and weight
- Body compositions, including the percentage of fat and muscle
- Frame size
- Family and medical history
- Relevant blood and urine tests
- Dietary data, including meal patterns and eating habits
- Lifestyle data, including information about your physical activity and social life
The information gives me an understanding of your nutritional status. It also helps me determine your ideal body weight and composition, as well as your ideal nutrient and energy requirements.
I will then design a care plan to help you improve your diet and your health. The program will include recommended changes to your diet and eating habits, meal plans, and dietary supplements if appropriate.
It will also cover recommendations for exercise.
I don’t push products or plans, but I will give you relevant leaflets and dietary information to take home to read. I’ll sometimes give you a bit of homework as well and may ask you to keep a food diary.
I aim to provide practical help and teach you how to manage weight and nutrition issues yourself.