Clare McAfee
Nutrition & Health Coach
Chronic Illness Advocate
Medical Cannabis Activist

A Little About Me

I’m Clare, a Nutrition & Health Coach.

During the last 5 years I’ve experienced Hydrocephalus (I have a VP Shunt), Interstitial Cystitis (in remission) and Visual Snow Syndrome (work in progress!), so I fully understand what chronic illness is like – including the devastation of a diagnosis.

It’s very easy to feel like your life will never be the same again. While that can be true, it is actually possible to learn to live with your condition and often even to live well. Maybe you can be healthier than you ever were before!

Nutrition & lifestyle management is an integral part of our wellbeing, but often ignored in traditional healthcare settings. This leaves us at a distinct disadvantage in trying to better our health. Having experienced the above conditions, I wanted to learn as much as possible about health and lifestyle management for both chronic illness and chronic illness prevention in order to help myself. Now, I would like to pass on what I’ve learnt to you.

Please note that I only ever take on a maximum of 8 clients at any one time (to include up to 2 Medical Card holders at a 75% discount). This cap on client numbers allows for plenty of opportunity for me to focus on you as an individual, as well as to keep in regular contact with you and to manage your progress.

My Approach

Nutrition and Health Coaching.

During the last 5 years I’ve seen various doctors, consultants and coaches, and often I found that judgement radiated off them and “tact” was not a word in their dictionary. It neither encouraged me to acknowledge areas of my health that I needed to improve, nor to do anything about them. In fact, it often left me feeling pretty darn awful and I suspect in the end just made things worse.

I’m a coach, but I’m also a human being. Like you might, sometimes I struggle to always do the best thing for my health. Eating the whole pack of biscuits in front of the telly? Check. Binge watching Good Girls on Netflix for 5 hours straight until 2am? Check. Not managing my stress well and getting ratty with an inanimate object for not working fast enough? Check!

As your coach, there is zero judgement here – just a requirement for accountability. I don’t expect you to do everything I suggest, perfectly, all the time.

All I ask is that you approach this with a view to recognising what areas of your health and wellbeing you could improve on, and to try your best to implement recommendations to improve it, one step at a time.

One way I manage stress – but don’t worry, I won’t make you sea swim!

I’ll give you some easy recipes to choose from – no hard-to-find ingredients here…

The Process

What Coaching With Me Looks Like.

I’ll give you some easy recipes to choose from – no hard-to-find ingredients here… Our first session will be a chat about what your current health habits are, covering your nutrition, sleep hygiene, stress and exercise – this will take between 1.5 – 2 hrs. I’ll then send you on some recommendations within 48 hours of our first session. We’ll have at least two follow-up sessions to see how you’re getting on, lasting up to an hour.

Personally, I’ve found having someone to be accountable to incredibly helpful, and as a coach, I’m that person for you. If you’d like me to check in with you every week or every month I can. It doesn’t matter how long it takes to improve so long as you’re moving in the right direction (for the majority of the time!)

Remember I’ve been there too when it comes to both chronic illness and bad habits, and I’ve likely heard everything! This is an entirely non-judgemental environment, all I ask is that you come to sessions ready to fully engage with the process.

Due to taking on a max. of 8 clients at any one time, including up to 2 Medical Card holders at a 75% discount, as much as I’d love to unfortunately I can’t coach everyone who applies.

At the same time, you must also be happy that I’m the right coach for you – coaching is an investment in your time, money and energy. My pricing is as follows:

Service Full Price Medical Card Holder (75% discount)
• 1.5 - 2hr initial consult

• 2 x 1hr follow-ups (first one 2 weeks after initial consult, second follow-up a month after initial consult)

• Email/messaging contact available daily for a month – begins after initial consult
Monthly maintenance

• Phonecall contact available daily 9am – 7pm

• Email/text contact

• Weekly recommendation reviews

• Regular new recipes, help with meal plans and food shopping

Please contact me to arrange a 20 min. chat (free of charge), and we can see if we’re a good coach/client fit as well as discuss how I can help you to achieve better health. I look forward to hearing from you, as well as hopefully coaching you too.

How I Can Help

Areas I Work In.

Improving your nutritional status for better health

Adjusting lifestyle for better weight control

Formation of better sleep habits

Stress management skills
Lifestyle changes to improve immunity & digestion
Advice on choosing & using wholesome foods and ingredients
Meal planning and recipes
I also work specifically with Interstitial Cystitis patients

Exercising alongside chronic illness

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Media & Links

APRIL 2019: Article written for TheJournal.ie

Opinion: At a cannabis dispensary in Colorado I found the only thing that offered relief for my chronic pain

JULY 2017: Interview on BBC Women’s Hour

“Continuing our series, Dating with Difficulties – how much harder is it if you have a difficult personal situation that you have to explain to your prospective partner. We hear from Annie Belasco who was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of twenty-five, and Clare McAfee who had premature ovarian failure in her twenties.”

JUNE 2016: Article written for TheJournal.ie

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