“The power of healing is within you. All you need to do is give your body what it needs and remove what is poisoning it. You can restore your own health by what you do -- not by the pills you take, but by how you choose to live.”
― Terry Wahls, The Wahls Protocol: How I Beat Progressive MS Using Paleo Principles and Functional Medicine
Are you scheduled for surgery? Use the time well to nourish your body, quit your bad habits and start an exercise program designed with you in mind.
- Reduce your risk of complications
- Improve your recovery experience
- Reduce your hospital stay
Utilising the time well before elective surgery can have dramatic effect on the outcomes after surgery. Hospitalisation and surgery are gruelling on the body. The body needs to draw on its store of protein, energy and essential micronutrients to reduce inflammation, fight infection and repair tissue. This is the time to nourish your body, quit smoking, start a personalised exercise regime and unwind so that when you are admitted to hospital you are giving yourself the best chance at a successful, complication free recovery.
The weeks before elective surgery are gold. Use them to improve your outcomes!
Did you know:
- ⅓ of patients admitted to hospital have a degree of malnutrition upon arrival to hospital. Patients who may not be malnourished at time of admission are ⅓ likely to become malnourished while in hospital.
- The notion that surgical outcomes can be affected by the health of the patient was documented in 1936. Malnourished patients having surgery had a 33% higher mortality rate than the nourished patient whose mortality rate was 3.5%
- Out of 500 patients it was estimated that 40% were undernourished on admission, and was estimated that they would lose 5.4% of body weight during their admission to hospital. (1)
Malnutrition is described as two or more of the following:
- Insufficient energy intake
- Weight loss
- Loss of muscle mass
- Loss of subcutaneous fat
- Localised or general fluid retention
- Immobility (2)
These risk conditions for malnutrition are associated with many adverse outcomes following surgery or hospitalisation
Increased risk of:
- Susceptibility to infections
- Poor wound healing
- Pressure sores
- Chest infections (2)
Don't let this happen to you. Join up to my 4 week or 6 week program to help you achieve your goals before and after surgery.
Why see a nutritionist?
We should be eating foods as close to the natural state as possible. Foods that are locally produced and sustainably made. It sounds idealic and simple doesn't it, but unfortunately there are so many products to choose from that it makes any healthy food choice difficult to make. Since the 1950's our food supply has been infiltrated with low fat, high sugar fake foods, pesticides and insecticides, GMO's and refined grains. Marketing claims are made to lure us to a product only to find that natural, isn't all that natural.
Our palates have changed to want and need the sugary taste. Foods have become nutrient poor and energy dense, and are responsible for the alarmingly high rates of chronic ill health, obesity, autism.
My aim, is not to put you on another diet, but to create a healthy lifestyle for you that is forever. I focus a lot on gut health, because I believe that poor food choices damage the integrity of your gut. Leaky gut, as it has been termed, is the cause of nutrient malabsorption, inflammation, autoimmune disease, pain, and brain issues. My aim is to heal and seal your gut, reduce inflammation and help your body heal with the right nourishment. I will support you on your journey to extraordinary health.
I will empower you with the knowledge of how to make great decisions around food. You will seek out foods that make you feel healthier and happier. Your energy levels will improve, your skin will glow. Looking after your body with every nourishing bite