Functional Medicine Health Coaching
I am a Functional Medicine Health Coach. I received my education from the School of Applied Functional Medicine in Sudbury, MA, and the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in New York City. In addition, I am deepening my knowledge of kinesiology. I have spent over 15 years in a fast-paced career as a communication specialist supporting big corporates in Switzerland, Australia and the Netherlands to help their employees embrace organisational transformations and change. Yet is that really where true and lasting change happens? I am a believer that change happens within motivated individuals. And when that is related to lifelong health and happiness, I get truly unstoppably passionate.
Constantly feeling exhausted and anxious. Waking up tired yet pushing myself to exceed expectations every single day. Exercising in such a way it would only exacerbate my anxiety. Molding my social life to suit my career. I pretended to be super woman who could always do it all. Until I hit a wall and realised I had never actually made myself a priority in my own life: I had never actually sat down and listened to my intuition and follow that voice. That's when change started to happen. I branded my burn-out as my Project Reset: a path to becoming me. To rekindle with what really makes me tick. What a gift it was to re-wire and re-programme myself.
Be your own best doctor
However, the moment my mind started to relax, my body began sending messages through various ailments doctors wouldn't understand. I didn't not feel their pill would fix my ill: it would only treat the symptoms of the ruby red rash I was developing on my face, my lower back pain or my hormonal imbalance. I turned to functional medicine instead and discovered my symptoms were my digestive tract screaming to be detoxed. With an elimination diet I started to heal the root causes that had resulted in candida overgrowth, leaky gut, insulin resistance and digestive problems. And as Hippocrates has it: food became my medicine.
Let me health you
This experience and all lessons that came with it have been game changing. In the meantime I have learned so much about what Functional Medicine can bring, I cannot keep this to myself. If my body can heal itself by itself, your body can absolutely do that too. However, I am a firm believer of bio-individuality: my exact steps most likely won't be a copy-paste solution for you. Let me inspire you along your way to healing. Pause for a moment from being a partner, a mother, a successful colleague, a friend and so much more. Stop running and start being. Let me health you!
So who am I?
- My favourite fruit: raspberries. Mmmmm!
- Best holiday: hiking in New Zealand (they call that tramping though).
- I enjoy writing stories, letters, post cards and going on walks.
- Sports I love: pilates, tennis, running.
- I do my dishes while dancing to random songs.
- I am Dutch, but really I'm a citizen of the world.