Motivational coaching PEGtube transitioning

Motivational coaching PEG-tube transitioning.

Yvonne is a yoga and kickboxing addict with a wicked sense of humour, a passion for food, & a global goal to help as many people as possible get off their PEG feeding tubes. As a result, the no feeding tubes movement was born and the mind food body program to provide motivational coaching for PEG-tube transitioning.

Yvonne McClaren is a motivational coach and prior PEG user.

With a love for food and travel, Yvonne has lived in Adelaide, Sydney, Melbourne, Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur and for a few months in Vietnam when she was diagnosed with Oropharyngeal Cancer (Tonsil Cancer).

Because of this travel & wanderlust, Yvonne is an advocate for using real food to heal & secondly, experimenting with different cuisines to help transition off a PEG tube back to oral eating.

As a result, Yvonne is the epitome of walk the talk and is a living example of what your future might look like, and she knows her stuff as she had a PEG tube feeder for over 15 months.

“Not able to find any help or guidance to transition off my PEG tube feed”

It was difficult following treatment to find any help online as to what to eat or motivational support, as a consequence, Yvonne wrote & developed the Mind Food Body Program thereby providing much needed online help for people suffering HNC treatment & or dysphagia. Further research followed & she proceeded to build her existing business The Food Manifesto into her brand as a resource for people wanting to prepare food at home for dysphagia whilst adhering to their dietitian’s advice.

In light of this, as a coach & determined to help as many people as possible globally, Yvonne recognised the need to create and develop a simple and easily followed program to transition back to oral eating. Above all, a program that could motivate & guide both individuals & carers.

“Bridging the gap between dietitians, SLP’s & their patients’ kitchens”

For that reason, Yvonne has committed to bridging the gap between dietitians, speech pathologists & their patients when they return home and need to prepare home-based meals for easy swallow and or PEG administration. Subsequently, the No feeding tubes movement was born!

What this means is, for those suffering from the after-effects of treatment or PEG feeding for other reasons, there is online support and help.


For instance helping patients with PEG tube feeders develop weekly meal plans, shopping lists and preparing nutrient-dense food.

In addition, Yvonne has contributed to the publication “From Treatment to Table” for Student Dietitians at Griffith University of Queensland (Nutrition & Dietetics).

Participated in “Soup for the Soul” online cooking workshop for Head and Neck Cancer Australia & the “Swallowing and Quality of Life study” with the University of Technology Sydney.

What’s more, Yvonne has been featured in Fruitful Conversations podcasts “When all you want is Tea & Toast” with Lynne Schinella and Sue Larconic’s “Women living well after 50” podcast featured in the “Women of Courage Series” via Denyse Whelan’s blog.

Consequently, making feeding tubes and dysphagia better known and paving the way for more support worldwide. It’s all about motivational coaching for PEG tube feeding transitioning.

“now eating curry”

When she’s not manipulating recipes or practising headstands, you will find her in her garden, eating curry & lavishing love on her fur children Squiddles and Rocket.



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


Are caused by HPV

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

3.6 %

Rethinking Dysphagia

“social isolation, loneliness & reduced quality of life”

Luciano Pavarotti

“One of the nicest things about life is the way we must regularly stop whatever it is we are doing and devote attention to eating”

Newcastle University
Institute of Health & Society

“Current regimes of medical assessment & support did not address or ameliorate the way a altered relationship to food has changed their lives far beyond the realms of weight & nutrition”

Dornan et al, Ulster University Northern Ireland

“HCP’s must ensure eating & drinking needs of patients are explored beyond the physical domains”

Tony Robbins

“It’s your moments of decision that destiny is shaped”

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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.