Healthy snack creation led to business for South Tyneside cancer survivor

Lynne Croft was diagnosed with stomach cancer last year and the healthy snacks she created to maintain a balanced diet have turned into a business.
Lynne Croft was diagnosed with stomach cancer last year and the healthy snacks she created to maintain a balanced diet have turned into a business.

Having most of her stomach removed meant that Lynne Croft had to work hard to have a balanced diet.

She said: “They said my stomach would stretch a bit but that it would never go back to the size it was.

“Because of that I had to really think about what I was eating so I could get everything I needed.

“I couldn’t even eat and drink at the same time because water would fill me up.”

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Lynne worked with her son, David, who has completed courses on nutrition, to create healthy snacks that she’s turned into a business.

She used natural ingredients, like fruits, nuts and seeds, to create what she calls Thrives Atoms.

She said: “I made them for myself at first as something little I could eat that would give me all the nutrients I needed, but then I thought that there must be loads of people out there like me who can’t eat very much either.

“I probably eat about a third of what I used to eat now. I have my meals off a tea plate rather than a dinner plate.

“Eating out at restaurants is a pain now too, because if you ask for small portions they offer you a kids’ menu, but it’s just stuff like sausage and chips and that’s not what I want.

“I started Googling to find out more about natural ingredients and came up with this idea. There’s no dead calories in them, you benefit from everything, they’re gluten free, all natural and really tasty too.”

Lynne’s home kitchen has been inspected by Environmental Health officers and given a five-star rating and her business is now up and running.

To find out more about Thrives Atoms or place an order, email thrivesatoms@gmail.com, go to www.facebook.com/thrivesatoms or call 07464 724007.