What is nutritional therapy?

We all know that eating well is important  for our health but we don’t always know how to do it. Our nutritional therapists assess your normal eating habits and recommend a healthy eating plan tailored to your specific needs. Healthy eating can help with the side effects of some medical treatments, improve your energy levels and help you manage your weight, contributing to a healthy living. You can also find written recommendations in our free ‘Breast Cancer Haven's Guide to Healthy Eating’ as well as our recipe book ‘The Haven in your Kitchen: Seasonal eating for healthy living’.

What can nutritional therapy help with?

The overwhelming majority of our visitors say that nutritional therapy helped them very much.  From the latest available research, our nutritional therapists understand how an unhealthy diet, alcohol and being overweight can affect your breast cancer risk. They can guide you to both general and specific foods that are appropriate to your personal needs and help you with meal planning. Our main focus is always on healthy food so this can be of benefit to people close to you too. Nutritional supplements are occasionally recommended where the need arises.

Appointment information

A course of three appointments is generally recommended. The first appointment lasts an hour. Half hour follow up appointments follow at least one month apart. Our focus is on healthy food but if nutritional supplements are required, these may need to be stopped during treatments such as chemotherapy or radiotherapy.  You will be given a nutrition questionnaire and food diary to complete and bring to your first appointment.  You will be asked to bring details of any medications, supplements or remedies that you are currently taking.

The appointments are free of charge but you will need to pay for any recommended nutritional supplements.

For helpful advice on how to eat well with breast cancer, you can download The Haven's Guide to Healthy Eating. You can also view our self-help videos, Helpful eating tips for breast cancer and Smoothies and Juices.

We are currently offering nutritional therapy virtually and over the phone. Please call us on 0300 012 0112 to speak to someone.