At Puyssentut we believe that eating should be a pleasure. Influenced by the French and their love of food, we take great joy and pride in serving tasty meals in convivial surroundings, and in taking time to enjoy both the good food and company.
However, when food is correctly balanced it can offer more than pleasure, it can be healing too. There is considerable evidence that supports that a diet low in animal proteins and fats, high in whole-foods and vegetables, and low in processed sugars helps to prevent cancer and its recurrence, in particular, by boosting the immune system and reducing inflammation. This recipe for good health is the basis of the mediterranean and the macrobiotic approaches to cooking which inspire and inform our kitchen.
I thought the food was great, with lots of colour, texture and variety. Everyone’s needs were more than catered for. Amanda
We not only want the food that we serve you to be nutritionally balanced but wherever possible we believe that it should be in balance with the wider environment, and so we aim to use as much organic, locally grown, seasonal produce as we are able to. In this spirit we are developing our own vegetable garden, which we love pottering in. It is a very simple but enormous pleasure to grow your own vegetables, pick and freshly prepare them and eat them sitting outside in the sun.
Marvellous, wholesome, varied, stimulating, inspirational. The food was not only a pleasure to eat, it was a pleasure to behold. Fay
We hope you will also enjoy getting involved in helping us in the vegetable garden and in preparing meals. We believe that carefully choosing and lovingly preparing what you eat is a simple but very effective way to take back some control of your life, which cancer can often seem to take away, and we hope that by getting involved in our kitchen you will pick up ideas and easy to prepare recipes to try at home.
WHAT WE OFFER
"I really adored the treatments – truly wonderful. I felt very safe with your knowledgeable and professional therapists." -Zoe
"The food was divine, it made me feel great. I will continue with it." -Tulin
"My experiences at Puyssentut have been much needed fuel for my soul." -Shannon
"You have a very special place with the perfect ambience for helping people heal and find themselves again." -Sangeeta, Yoga Teacher
"I believe this whole week has worked in perfect harmony. Each part adding to the whole. It has been like a wonderful kaleidoscope of different elements making up a wonderful, complete healing experience for me." -Rosie
"Puyssentut is a magical place with incredible energy. As one of the retreat chefs, I can honestly say that cooking for people who are going through a healing process is a wonderful and rewarding experience." -Rebecca
"I really enjoyed the yoga. Each day built on what we learnt the day before and I will be able to incorporate what I learned into my daily life." -Nasiv
"Go do it - submerge yourself in the wonders of Puyssentut." -Lorna
"Puyssentut is the most caring and supportive environment I've ever experienced. It provides the optimum conditions for self healing." -Lizzie
"These are not 'detox retreats' or 'cancer cures'. This is something more profound and earthy. What people with a cancer diagnosis often need most is a calming space where they can relax, be nourished and reconnect with themselves. Puyssentut provides just that." -Kirsten (Nutrition therapist)