About YVONNE McCLAREN

Here’s what I am all about.

PEG FEEDING HELP & OTHER REAL FOOD STORIES

Hello. Thanks for stopping by. Yvonne here, yogi, foodie & intrepid traveller from Adelaide, South Australia. You might know me as the founder of The Food Manifesto, an online culinary membership for like-minded foodies.

Have you ever asked yourself the following questions?
  • What foods can I prepare for loss of appetite & nausea?
  • Am I ever going to be able to eat my favourite food again?
  • How do I get off my feeding tube?
  • What can I do about trismus & other side effects that impair my ability to eat?

If so, then you are in the right place! Whether you are about to undergo treatment for HNC or you are a year since treatment or longer. I can help you.

Motor bikes & ignoring a constant sore throat

3 years ago I moved back to Australia from Vietnam. I had a very sore throat and was limping through on strong painkillers and Nasal Spray. Despite a check-up by an ENT surgeon and an endoscopy later, they could not find anything wrong. I thought I better go home to Australia to get it checked out.

I had stage 4 squamous cell carcinoma on my left tonsil. I lost both tonsils to surgery, 1/3rd of my tongue and 30 lymph nodes. I had 35 sessions of radio/chemotherapy. I had a PEG tube placed in my stomach and THAT was about when I hit rock bottom. I had not eaten anything orally for over a year. I was isolated, alone, and depressed.

I didn’t want my PEG tube feeder, it restricted me physically and psychologically. I worried about if I was ever going to get back to some “normality”.

Who I was. Can you Relate?
  • Not joining in with social gatherings
  • Lacked confidence to try different food & textures
  • Lost all connection with food & people
  • Scared, uncertain, pissed off
  • My social life was non-existent

Exasperated and at a point where nothing was changing I cried & cried and then nothing. I was suddenly aware that I was still alive. I was breathing. That was the turning point for me.

The Realisation that I was Still Breathing

That’s when I knew the power to change my outlook & life lay within.

All I had to do was take full responsibility for my situation & make a start.

I had the life & career skills to create a simple plan & program to get to where I wanted to be.

A vision for what I wanted my life to look like.

The decision to stop feeling sorry for myself, embrace the change & challenges opened up possibilities. I stopped reading & reacting to everyone else’s journey and focused on mine.

Studying training & coaching, reading & cooking to create the food I wanted. Pouring over nutrition books to create food I didn’t throw away!

I HELPED MYSELF SO THAT ULTIMATELY I COULD HELP OTHER PEOPLE

I wrote and self-published a book to cement my thinking, to record & share my progress, and to share food that I had cooked and swallowed whilst recovering.

I created the no feeding tubes movement for likeminded people who were also not willing to settle for a life with a feeding tube. Or a life eating only baby food for that matter. PEG tube or not.

NOW – MY BEST FOOD LIFE!
  • I have no feeding tube and nor have to use bottled plastic / premix food
  • I eat nutritious varied food
  • I eat chilli, spice and flavourful food
  • I don’t just eat custard, ice cream and soup
  • I can enjoy social gatherings with family & friends
  • I have the confidence to try all sorts of food even when out in public
  • I am fitter, stronger and healthier than I have ever been
  • I go to food markets and buy fresh food
  • I have reconnected with food
  • I now plan meals and create fresh food shopping lists
  • I can travel without worrying about if I can eat or not – there are ways around this
  • I look at food in a very different way but can still participate with others

I struggled with my PEG tube feeder and dysphagia. I didn’t know how to transition back to oral eating, heal and keep my weight at a healthy level. I was told I might have my PEG forever. I had faith that I could eat again (even in a different format) and I went ALL IN on changing my life. As Tony Robbins says “It’s in your moments of decision that your destiny is shaped” I would love for you to be able to experience the joy and connection of eating food again and all its social implications.

This is about a commitment to creating a change in your life at a very primal level. It’s about choosing to sit at the table again.

Together let’s discover your BEST food life!

Let me share with you all I have learnt over the years of being a foodie and what I have learnt over the past 3 years in transitioning back to real food. It has taken me a few years to get back to my BEST food life, but it need not take you that long with what I can show and teach you here.

In fact, I want to help you right now, here you will find a free series on Facebook that I did about the pain points to food transitioning. Here’s my FREE Guide to how I transitioned back to real food. The 4 Step Transition Process here: or If you’d like to jump straight into my Mind Food Body program apply here

YOUR PATHWAY
YOUR MIND
YOUR FOOD
YOUR BODY
YOUR FUTURE

5,169

People diagnosed with Head & Neck Cancer in Australia in 2020.

Head and Neck Cancer in Australia statistics- Data source: AIHW Cancer Data in Australia 2020

70%

Are caused by HPV

Men are three times more likely to be diagnosed than women.

Males
3,721
FEMALES
1,448
eSTIMATED % OF ALL NEW CANCER CASES DIAGNOSED IN 2020
3.6 %

Rethinking Dysphagia

“social isolation, loneliness & reduced quality of life”

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Meet the people who make it all possible

It’s my mission to help more people around the world discover a new path to life without their feeding tube. This program shares the exact journey I took to transitioning back to swallowing food again.

I enlisted many auxiliary people to help me on my transition journey.

Massage, physiotherapy, special dental, dry needling & acupuncture, naturopathy and personal fitness trainers.

Each had their own speciality and each, supported, encouraged and helped me move through the stages of my treatment.