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Chronic Exhaustive Conditions

Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME) and fibromyalgia are multi-faceted conditions, comprising of seemingly unrelated symptoms. If you have been diagnosed with one of these conditions, you may have been told that there is no cure, that it’s all in your head and that you must accept and live with your condition. You might feel unheard and misunderstood, and may have tried many different methods and treatments in your bid to get well.

Nutrition and lifestyle interventions have been used successfully by people all over the world to help them recover from chronic exhaustive conditions. I have undergone training with The Chrysalis Effect and work closely with them as a referral practitioner. As well as nutritional support, people with chronic exhaustive conditions may need physical/relaxation therapies, stress management and help dealing with past trauma. Working as part of a Chrysalis Effect team of other therapists and practitioners, I will be able to get you the support you need for each area that needs to be addressed.

Due to the complex, multi-faceted nature of chronic exhaustive conditions, I offer a package of care, the details of which will be established at your initial nutritional therapy consultation. During the initial consultation (90 minutes) we will:

  • Identify what has caused your symptoms

  • Identify which of the 6 phases of recovery you are in

  • Identify which areas of your life need to be addressed and prioritise them

  • Identify potential thyroid and adrenal issues, detoxification and digestion issues and discuss which clinical tests may be required

  • Discuss nutrition and lifestyle interventions. Supplements may be recommended, or we may decide to leave these until after the results of any clinical tests have been received.

  • Discuss the benefits of The Chrysalis Effect online recovery programme

  • Discuss future treatment and which package of care will benefit you the most.

Packages of care are individualised depending on your circumstances and what level of support is needed. They comprise nutritional therapy support, review of test results, coaching and motivational support.  You will able to book in for regular appointments and take advantage of the special package prices. Some people need only a couple of follow-on appointments, whilst others require more ongoing monitoring and adjustments to their plans.

I invest a lot of time focussing on your case, researching and learning as much as I can about you and your specific health issues. I will work to establish the underlying biochemical imbalances, nutritional deficiencies and environmental and lifestyle factors that have led to your symptoms. Nutrition must be optimal in order to provide all the co-factors needed for energy production in every cell of your body, and I will work with you to develop a nutrition programme that provides you with the nutrients your body needs in order to function optimally. Clinical testing may be required in order to remove the guesswork and personalise the programme.

As part of the package, we have regular contact via e-mail, telephone or Skype so that I can support you, deal with any issues that may occur and move you forward. I use NLP coaching to keep you motivated, because you may have days when you just run out of steam and want to give up.

You did not acquire your chronic health problem overnight and it most certainly will not vanish overnight. We need time to unravel your complex condition and get to the root cause, in order to help you to become well again.

Alongside this, you may wish to join the Chrysalis Effect 9 month online recovery programme, which is a multimedia programme offering videos, webinars, coaching, forums and inspirational stories to support you throughout the stages of your recovery.

Client feedback:

Esther Donoff quite literally changed my life. For about fifteen years I suffered from chronic fatigue. Apart from putting on over three stone in weight due to medication, I would have to go to bed for an hour or two every afternoon so I could continue with the rest of the day and evening. I could not stand in one place for more than 5 mins without feeling exhausted and having to go to bed. Every sniffle would result in at least a day in bed.


Thanks to Esther’s advice all that is in the past. Apart from losing two stone, I have so much energy. I can stand as long in a queue as necessary. I don’t need a sleep during the day at all. I don’t think that I’m on a diet, it’s my life now. I enjoy what I eat and don’t feel I’m missing out on anything.


Right from our first meeting I felt Esther really understood. She guided me to make some changes which fitted in with my family, allergies, intolerances and such. Esther is extremely professional at all times. I found the nutritional therapy sessions, as well as the weekly follow up phone calls very encouraging. Esther was very supportive, always asking if I had any further questions,


I have been taking vitamin C and D for a while. However thanks to Esther I added a vitamin B supplement which helped with my energy levels, as well as a supplement to help me fall asleep which I seem to need on some nights more than others.


I was encouraged not to exercise too much at first as it was using too much energy which I lacked. However as time went on I was able to add more and more exercise as my energy levels increased


I am very happy to have achieved some personal goals as well as losing weight, and as I have already said, increased my energy to a level I haven’t felt in years.


I thoroughly recommend Esther if you have any health issues that could be related to nutrition, as well as if you want to lose weight.

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