The ketogenic diet is a powerful metabolic therapy. It’s not a fad diet.
I’m a registered Nutritional Therapist, international speaker and co-author of the best-selling book “The Ketogenic Kitchen”.
About My Health Journey
Let’s face it, cancer can be scary. When you hear the ‘C’ word, fear is often the first feeling to well up from deep inside. You wonder if you’ll ever be okay again.
This was my experience when at 28, I was diagnosed with a malignant melanoma of the eye in 2008. I was almost overwhelmed by thoughts of the future, my future.
I say ‘almost’ because after I spent three days researching my cancer online, my husband wisely locked away my laptop and gently suggested I take a deep breath and think about what I really needed.
And what I needed was perspective; it felt as if nothing was in my control any more, like my cancer had a life of its own, one that was now bigger than mine.
Listen to yourself
But I did regain control. And here’s how I did it.
I listened to my intuition. Returning to my usual lifestyle made no sense. I realised, too, that while there was no way of knowing whether my consultant was making the right decisions, I could have some control over what I put in my mouth – the fuel that feeds my body, my brain and yes, even (back then) my cancer.
Call it what you like – my logical Swiss genes, my ‘inner voice’ – but I understood instinctively that whatever the conventional medical approach, combining it with targeted nutrition and lifestyle changes based on reliable scientific evidence would result in me being as well as I could ever hope to be, cancer or no cancer. And so one month after completing radiotherapy, I started studying nutritional therapy.
I’ve been on a steep learning curve ever since – in so many ways (and, by the way, so has the scientific community when it comes to cancer and metabolism)! I experienced a relapse shortly after the birth of my first baby, nearly lost my eyesight (but got it back) and have since been witness to many health miracles in both myself and my dear clients.
Combining the Orthodox and the Alternative
Today I’m no longer a banker with an eye tumour, but a practising nutritional therapist (and busy mother) and bestselling author of the book “The Ketogenic Kitchen” who helps others and shares her cancer story. By integrating the best elements of both complementary and orthodox medicine, I have achieved amazing results and “beaten the statistics”. I know that this isn’t just down to coincidence or hard work. A growing body of evidence demonstrates how well cancer patients do when they complement their treatments with the natural yet evidence-based approaches I use.
Keeping it Real
My support programmes are realistic, too. With any illness, life is too short to be feeling guilt about ‘not doing enough’. I understand the constraints that daily life inevitably imposes – work, family, friends. Those constraints vary from person to person. And no matter how good it is, if a nutritional programme isn’t integrated into your life, it won’t succeed as well as it should. So, no guilt, just a gradual but steady process of putting science into practice.
These days, by the way, I’m healthier than ever. I now know for certain that when you take some, even if in small steps at first, the feeling of being ‘on the case’ when it comes to your health, well… let’s just say that unlike cancer, it’s unbeatable.
Interested in reading more details about my journey? I invite you to start here. Thank you for reading!
About Patricia Daly
Patricia Daly is an experienced and internationally recognized nutritional therapist (MSc, dipNT, mBANT, rCNHC) specialising in the personalised application of ketogenic metabolic therapies for recovery from chronic health challenges. She credits the ketogenic lifestyle for successfully quieting an aggressive eye tumour she was diagnosed with fifteen years ago. In 2021, she completed her MSc degree in “Advanced Nutrition in Research and Practice” at Middlesex University in London.
Patricia is co-author of The Ketogenic Kitchen, a best-selling cookbook that includes meal plans for therapeutic carbohydrate restriction. Born in Switzerland and living in Ireland, Patricia is a proud founding and advisory member of the European Keto Live Center based in Switzerland. Nothing makes her prouder than witnessing her clients transform from by-standers to active and empowered participants on their health journey.