Dietary requirements compatible with Second Nature:
- Food allergies
- Lactose intolerance
Our nutrition guidelines are designed to be flexible and cater to a range of dietary requirements and preferences. Our recipes and nutrition advice can be tailored to suit your lifestyle.
We provide a broad list of ‘foods to choose’, which can be adapted to exclude any particular foods you either dislike or cannot eat. In addition to our vegan recipes, our range of vegetarian and meat-based recipes can be modified to suit a vegan diet.
The Second Nature programme is appropriate for you if you are living with:
Anxiety and depression
If you currently suffer from mild depression or anxiety and your condition is managed with a GP or health professional, we believe our programme is suitable for you. However, if you are experiencing severe anxiety or depression and are currently receiving treatment, we recommend that you focus on improving your mental wellbeing in the first instance.
If you don’t feel comfortable asking or speaking with a person you know, you can always reach out to a helpline, such as Samaritans Helpline (116 123).
Fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis, or limited mobility
Many Second Nature members who are successfully undertaking the programme have limited mobility. Whilst we provide exercise recommendations, these can be tailored to suit your individual ability and/or exercise restrictions. We encourage you to increase your overall level of activity throughout the day, largely through increasing your daily steps. During the programme, step goals can be tailored to be achievable and realistic for you. In saying that, we strongly recommend that you continue to follow any advice from your physiotherapist or GP.
Hypothyroidism, PCOS, menopause or hormone replacement therapy
Whilst we recognise that it may be harder to lose weight with these conditions, our guidelines are designed to help you make sustainable, healthy lifestyle changes. Through following our dietary and exercise recommendations, you’ll be supported to lose weight sustainably and improve your overall wellbeing. As always, we recommend you continue to manage your condition with your GP alongside the programme.
IBS or other gastrointestinal disorders
Dietary preferences or intolerances related to irritable bowel syndrome can vary extensively. Throughout the programme, you have the opportunity to follow a healthy, balanced diet inclusive of any food restrictions. However, for further individualised advice we recommend that you visit your GP or relevant health professional to help better manage your symptoms.
You should check with your GP first if you are living with:
Type 1 diabetes
People living with type 1 diabetes have successfully followed the Second Nature programme. However, we recommend that you inform your GP or diabetes nurse prior to signing up and check in with them throughout the programme in case any medications need to be adjusted. Upon joining, you’ll take full responsibility for carbohydrate counting and relevant insulin dosing as mentors aren’t able to provide specific medical advice.
Type 2 diabetes
To date, we have helped numerous Second Nature members living with type 2 diabetes improve their blood sugar control. Our nutrition guidelines adopt a lower-carbohydrate approach, therefore, we recommend that you check in with your GP or practice nurse throughout the programme in case medications need to be adjusted.
Binge eating disorders
Throughout the programme, we focus on a holistic approach to improving your wellbeing including eating habits, exercise, sleep, stress, and mental wellbeing. Our nutrition guidelines will help you build balanced meals, encouraging you to adopt a healthy relationship with food. However, we aren’t able to provide guidance on the management of binge eating disorder.
If you haven’t already, we recommend that you seek advice from a health professional (e.g. GP, Psychologist) or B-EAT ED helpline and support (0808010677).
At any stage of cancer treatment, nutritional requirements may vary and it’s important to follow the advice provided by your relevant health professional. Once treatment has finished, our programme can be a useful way to help you build new habits and maintain healthier lifestyle choices.
Please consult with your doctor prior to starting the programme to rule out any conflicting factors (e.g. further treatment or surgical procedures).
The Second Nature programme is not appropriate for you if you are:
Pregnant or breastfeeding
Whilst pregnant or exclusively breastfeeding we advise against joining our programme. The reason for this is that during this time your body has very specific nutritional requirements to help optimise the health of your baby. If you have questions around pregnancy and your diet, we suggest you speak with your GP or request a referral to a relevant health professional.
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