We can learn to ‘Live Well’ with or Without Cancer by addressing 4 key life areas.
In 1987 Penny Brohn, the founder of the Penny Brohn Cancer Care Charity, wrote” If we shift the responsibility for health so that it is no longer exclusively in the doctor’s hands, but allow the patient to play a part as well, we go a long way towards relieving feelings of helplessness and futility.” and it was this approach that inspired the ‘Bristol Whole Life Approach Model’ http://www.pennybrohn.org.uk/
Supporting the mind, body, emotions and spirit provides empowerment for living well with cancer and beyond and enables the awakening of the innate and powerful healing resources within each person.
We can use this Model to understand, identify and develop a plan to optimize resilience and support our all important immune system.
Nutrition and Healthy Eating Support
As part of this Whole Person Approach, balanced nutrition and a healthy eating plan supports the body and builds resilience. In David Servan-Schreiber’s book ‘anti cancer a new way of life’ he talks about ‘treating the terrain’ a whole body approach to building resistance naturally. He lists foods that have been shown to have anti cancer benefits particularly by supporting immune system health and providing anti-inflammatory benefits http://www.anticancerbook.com/
Penny Brohn Healthy Eating Plate –
The key benefits of eating well are: improved digestion, stabilized blood sugar, nutrient rich foods, reduced symptoms and side effects, support for the immune system and an overall benefit to boosting the innate healing potential of the body. Choose a balance of all macro-nutrients with good quality protein, wholefoods, healthy natural fats, vegetables, herbs, and spices, to eat well and drink plenty of water.
Individuality, food diversity, food enjoyment and mindful eating are extremely important.
As a Nutritionist, I specialize in providing supportive nutrition programmes for people affected by cancer and this support can be provided through some AXA PPP insurance packages. Where very specialised diets are required after medical treatments, this can be discussed. I am also qualifying as a Penny Brohn `Living Well With Cancer’ course facilitator.