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Embracing Both Worlds: A Cancer Dietitian and Nutritional Therapist's Story

Updated: Sep 11, 2023


Meredy Birdi Specialist Cancer Dietitian

Hello everyone,


I'm Meredy, a registered dietitian and nutritional therapist. Embracing both disciplines has been a source of enrichment, inspiration, and positive impact for both me and my patients.


I'm delighted to share the story behind my decision to pursue these distinct areas of expertise. It may seem unconventional, but I truly believe this fusion of expertise has allowed me to provide a more comprehensive and empowering approach to cancer care.


Discovering a Passionate Path


My career began in 1999 when I qualified as a registered dietitian. From the very beginning, I was drawn to working in a hospital setting, where I became a part of an extraordinary team of doctors, nurses, allied health professionals, and other incredible team members. We quickly became like an extended family, united in our mission to support patients going through challenging cancer treatments and help them on their path to recovery. The opportunity to be a source of comfort and care during such difficult times is nothing short of a privilege.


Continual Learning for Unwavering Care


As I continued my work as a dietitian, I realised that the world of cancer treatments was constantly evolving. To provide the best care possible, I knew it was essential to stay up to date with the latest developments and advancements. Learning became an integral part of my professional life, and I have never stopped seeking new knowledge and insights to better serve my patients.


A Holistic Vision Takes Root


Amidst the marvels of modern medicine, I felt a desire to explore a more holistic approach to health and well-being. I wanted to understand the broader toolbox of support available, especially considering the time constraints that often accompany the hospital setting. I recognised that beyond the clinical aspects, there was so much more that I could contribute to my patients' overall well-being. That's why I chose to further my studies in nutritional therapy, which I completed in 2016.


Blending Science with Safety


In nutritional therapy, I delved into the world of complementary therapies, the potential benefits of specific nutritional supplements, and the impact of lifestyle choices on health. While the concept of "natural" therapies is appealing, it is essential to recognise that "natural" doesn't always mean "safe". With my clinical understanding and expertise, I was able to cherry-pick the most effective and safe aspects from these practices, benefiting my patients and preventing them from harm.


Empowerment through Integration


Gaining insights from nutritional therapy has transformed my approach, allowing me to offer a comprehensive and integrative perspective on health. My aim is to complement the excellent clinical care provided in hospitals, empowering patients to take an active role in their healing journey by embracing supportive nutrition and lifestyle changes alongside medical treatments.


Small Steps, Big Impact


Witnessing the empowerment my guidance brings to my patients has been the most rewarding aspect of my work. Together, we explore achievable steps that bolster their health and well-being, from spending time in nature to practicing breathing exercises and meditation - simple yet powerful acts.


A Heartfelt Connection


In my consultations, I prioritise connection, compassion, and support. I'm not here to dictate strict diets or impose guidelines; rather, I become a coach, a listener, and a partner in my patients' journey towards improved health. My aim is to create a space where individuals feel heard, understood, cared for, and empowered to become the best version of themselves.


Discover the Possibilities That Await


If you or a loved one are looking for personalised cancer nutrition guidance, support, and a holistic approach to well-being, I am here to walk with you on your healing path. Please don't hesitate to schedule an appointment and together we will explore the myriad of possibilities that can nurture and optimise your health. I am committed to supporting you every step of the way.


Warm wishes,


Meredy

Cancer Dietitian & Nutritional Therapist


Email: info@thecancerdietitian.com

Telephone: 020 8064 2865

Appointments: book here


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