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As a Health Coach, I guide and support those who want to make REAL long lasting improvements to the way they feel, look & think!


Want to feel lighter, more energized & happier?

Feeling sluggish, overweight and low on energy?

Fed up with dieting and want to start eating a balanced diet that suits YOUR specific needs and delivers the results YOU want?

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Ready to stop worrying about calories & just eat foods that make you feel good?

Feel like it´s time for a detox & reboot to get your diet back on track?


I can help you with all of the above & more!

Unlike some dieticians & nutritionists, I don´t believe in counting calories, carbs or protein. I believe that we are all equipped with an intuition that will guide us to what we need, in the quantities we need, when we need it.

When you think about it, no other species is as obsessed & confused about food as we are yet no other species is more sick & overweight than we are either!

My job is to help you clean up your diet and start trusting your gut again! Eating healthy and losing weight as a result of it is easier than you think. Check out the testimonials of those who have experienced it here.

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Is meat good or bad? My honest opinion.

So I don´t know about you but I feel like saying that you´re a meat eater doesn´t seem to go down so well these days. Most of us will at least have one vegan friend who will bombard us with guilt and try and convince us to follow their path. Now I totally believe that we could all do with reducing our consumption of meat but I don´t think going vegetarian or vegan is for all of us. It´s certainly not for me...

I agree that the way animals are being treated in slaughterhouses is shocking and I don´t agree with any of the suffering they are being put through before ending up on our plates. I don´t think it´s good for our environment to be such large consumers of meat, nor that it´s particularly beneficial to our health. But instead of trying to convert myself and others to becoming strict vegetarians or vegans, I think the solution lies in becoming more mindful of our consumption of animal products, both when it comes to the quantities and the sourcing of it.

All the way through history meat has been considered a luxury and something we enjoyed occasionally as part of festivities or on a special night of the week, like Sunday roasts. The trouble is that in recent years as our demand for meat has grown, so has the supply for cheap meat, so now we´re knocking back chicken breasts and steaks like it was going out of fashion, which it hopefully is.

In my work as a Health Coach, I often get asked if meat is good or bad. My answer is always that it depends on where you get your meat from and how much of it you eat. If you get 2 Euros/USD/GBP steaks at the supermarket for your supper 5 days a week, it´s probably not going to be the best quality meat. You´re probably eating a mix of hormones & antibiotics that have been given to a cow that has lived its life in conditions similar to those of a concentration camp. Now if we really are what we eat, which I believe we are, then eating that cow is not going to make you the happiest, healthiest person on Earth.

If on the other hand, we could all be a bit more mindful of the sourcing of our meat and be prepared to spend the extra money by getting free range chicken (preferably from a farmer who actually lets his chickens run free) and doing so less occasionally, then I think we might be on to something. This would benefit the farmers who haven´t bought into factory farming, make a difference for our planet, for our health & for the wellbeing of the animals before they get killed.

Meat has come under a lot of fire recently because of its supposedly bad effect on our health but I think we should be mindful of not throwing out the baby with the bath water here. Yes most of us are consuming too much of it but I also think it´s been creating havoc on our health because of the way it is being produced today! Every time we eat meat we also ingest all the products that these poor animals are being injected with to grow faster and to survive long enough until they are ready to get killed. We are what we eat eats.

Hence why it´s probably worth noting that most cows these days are being fed grains even though they are not designed for this and that it´s creating havoc on their digestion... So they are being given drugs. A grass fed cow will not be subject to these problems. The nutritional value between a grain & grass fed cow differs too. The nutritional value of grass fed beef generally contain LESS TOTAL FAT but up to 5 times MORE HEALTHY FATS in the form of Omega 3s than grain fed beef. So going grass fed is definitely a better choice when it comes to your health, and theirs.

For moral reasons, I truly wish I could say that I don´t eat any animal products but after a few weeks on a vegan diet I start feeling weak, even though I´m always mindful of eating a lot of protein in the form of lentils, chickpeas, tempeh, quinoa & hemp. I just feel like there´s something missing and I feel much stronger, more alert and have more energy as soon as I reintroduce a tiny bit of chicken, fish, meat or eggs, even just one or two servings a week. 

It might have to do with the fact that I´m a blood type O which means I´m a natural "meat-eater" and strive on a hunter-gatherer style diet. Blood type As strive on grains and often find it easier to let go of animal products but it really depends from one person to another. The best way to find out is to experiment for yourself and see how it makes you feel. 

So in essence I don´t think meat is bad for us but I think our overconsumption of it and modern farming is where the problem lies. And the only way we can do anything about this is to reduce our consumption and to be more mindful of where we source from. I ´ve reduced my consumption of animal products by 90% in the past 4 to 5 years so it´s a slow process but I feel much better for it. Even though I´m a carnivore, I was having way too much of it and by replacing most of it with vegan sources and only keeping it as an occasional treat, I feel lighter, my digestion has improved and so have my energy levels. I hope this inspires you to do the same.

Why I decided to become a Health Coach

Even though I studied Politics and thought I would make my career working for the UN, I´ve always been passionate about health & fitness and working as an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach makes me feel like I´ve finally found my vocation. 

Supporting others in feeling better in their bodies and getting rid of any symptoms by improving their diet & lifestyle is something I really love and I feel I was made for. But I didn´t get to this point without having to go through my own struggles first. So here is a little glimpse of what it took!

When I was in my early twenties I was a bit obsessed with eating healthy. I was eating “low fat” & “low calorie” foods and working out to “burn calories” yet I was feeling like crap. I was obsessed with my health yet I was feeling worse than ever and suffering from candida. Candida overgrowth is a common condition that relates to imbalances in the gut flora.

After several rounds of medication, I got referred to a naturopath who suggested the cause of my disease was in my diet. Needless to say that this came as a massive surprise since I thought I was eating very healthy. It turned out that even though most of the food I was eating was labeled as healthy, it couldn´t be further from it. It was actually what was feeding my disease!

After two consultations with the naturopath I got sent home with a piece of paper saying I needed to eliminate all sugar, caffeine, gluten and dairy from my diet for a year. I was allowed 1 piece of fruit a day and told to be creative. Thanks.

I was in pieces and I had no idea where to start but I was determined to give it a shot since I really wanted to feel better. The first 3 weeks were tough. I had no clue what to eat and the first week I felt like a druggie because I was craving sugar so bad. I was moody, angry and had no one to turn to for support but I was determined to see things through.

Within less than a month, all my symptoms completely disappeared and along with it the bloating, the extra weight & the fatigue. Suddenly I started feeling lighter and my mind cleared up. Every day I started waking up a little fresher and slowly I was starting to feel much happier again. It was like a huge weight had lifted off my shoulders, and my belly.

I´ve never really been fat but in those days I had some stubborn puppyfat stuck around my waist that had been causing me some grief but that suddenly vanished. My body had finally gotten rid of the toxins that were making me ill and I was back to being happy & full of beans again.

Even though the benefits were huge, the road there was not the easiest. I had very little support and was pretty much left to my own devices so I started devouring books, trying new recipes and learning as much as I could about how food can either cause or cure inflammation in our bodies. I realized that a lot of the information we are being fed by the media and the food industry today is extremely confusing and most often doesn't benefit our health.

Sure you might lose some weight by eating powders, pills or diet bars but will it really benefit your health? No. This is why I wanted to develop a program that would help others with the prime objective of improving their health & happiness, not just to lose weight. The weight loss becomes the byproduct. Once the inflammation reduces as a result of a healthier diet, our digestion improves and everything starts working better so the weight comes off naturally.

Chronic inflammation is the underlying issue to most diseases and also the reason why many people are holding on to unwanted weight. I wasn´t carrying those extra 5kgs because I wasn´t working out enough or because I was eating too many calories. I was running up to 70kms a week, going to the gym every day and eating less than 2000 calories a day. The reason I was sick & carrying a little extra weight was because I was eating the wrong foods and putting my body under too much stress from the toxins they contained but also from overtraining.

It took me a long time to make sense of this because we are all led to believe that fat storage is a result of too many calories in V not enough calories out. While this might be true if you study a mechanical engine, it doesn´t work for humans because we have so much else going on that affects how we burn calories including what we eat, our emotions and how many toxins our bodies are trying to process at the same time.

It´s been over 8 years since I turned around my diet and even though the first few weeks were hard, I would never go back to the way I was eating and training before. It was way too hard work and too frustrating. Now I´ve realized what my body is meant to feel like and I´ve connected the dots between eating crap & feeling like crap there is no turning back.

I still sometimes have a little something I know might not be the best for my health like ice cream or chocolate cake but I do so without any feelings of guilt or shame. I know that most of the foods I choose to eat are good for me so the little exceptions here & there are not going to mess that up.

It feels liberating to finally be free from calorie counting & worrying about fat content and to focus my attention on eating foods that make me healthy & happy instead! I´ve probably had a little cold only 2 or 3 times in the past 8 years which is a massive change since I would pick up every single bug when I was younger.

Every time we eat we have the choice to either enhance inflammation or reduce it and even though it´s an evolving journey, I´ve finally come to understand what works for me. And this is what I help others achieve too. It´s not so much about the quantities that we eat as it is about the quality of our food. Knowing what is good for our bodies and what isn´t is an individual journey but one I am passionate about leading others onto.

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