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Reclaiming your Cycle: Why to get off hormonal birth control asap

Reclaiming your Cycle: Why to get off hormonal birth control asap

If you want to give your hormones any chance to rebalance, you have to avoid the pill or any other hormonal contraception. If you are actively trying to conceive, you probably are off any contraception already, but if not, let me explain you why I […]

One Year Ago…

One Year Ago…

One year ago…   One year ago today the ground was pulled under my feet when my embryo(s) got flushed down the toilet at 9.5 weeks of my first pregnancy. Apart from the excruciating physical suffering, it was a tremendous emotional shock, since it came […]

The Symbolism of Symptoms: How reading in your body informs you about the needs of your soul

The Symbolism of Symptoms: How reading in your body informs you about the needs of your soul

Introduction Most of us have been conditioned to look at disease or ailments as a purely physical problem that is usually caused by some trigger outside of us (i.e. bacteria, viruses, genes, environment, age…) and that we need to eradicate as soon and as permanently […]

Real Food on the Road

Real Food on the Road

Eating well while traveling – a real challenge for most! So many of my clients are thrown off their hard-won routine when they are going on vacation or on a business trip. Quicker than you know you find yourself hungry at the airport, ending up […]

Don’t blame it on your genes!

Don’t blame it on your genes!

Oftentimes we attribute bad health to bad genes. While it’s true that genetics do play a certain role, we are far less victim to them than many of us believe. The Concept of Epigenetics The emerging science of epigenetics teaches us that what we eat, […]

Your period as a barometer of your hormonal health

Your period as a barometer of your hormonal health

Your period. Chances are you live in a love-hate relationship with her or have at some point in your life. If you are not actually cursing her (anymore) and wondering who invented this unfair punishment for women, you might simply have silently surrendered, trying to […]

Women, it’s time to evolve beyond Feminism!

Women, it’s time to evolve beyond Feminism!

There was a time, not too long ago, in our developed world, when a woman wasn’t allowed to do many things that were normal for a man. She wasn’t allowed to study, to work (apart from in the house), to have an opinion, to vote, […]

The special satisfaction in working with young women

The special satisfaction in working with young women

While I love working with women of all ages, and most of my clients are in their 30’s or 40’s, there’s a special kind of satisfaction in working with women that are in their 20’s or even in their Teens.   I have this one […]

Why Alpro (and Provamel) are not a healthy choice

Why Alpro (and Provamel) are not a healthy choice

Last week Iris hospitals organized the “week of dietetics”. The goal of the campaign was to raise awareness for healthy eating among patients and to help them make better food choices. The first thing that caught my eye was the line-up of Alpro products on […]

Am I on the right path?

Am I on the right path?

Am I walking on the right path? It can be hard to know which path to choose. Even a path that once was the right one, could at some point no longer be so. How to know if you are indeed still on the right […]

Mental Health and Mind-Body-Nutrition

Mental Health and Mind-Body-Nutrition

Mental Health is directly influenced by physical health, and vice versa. Nutrient deficiencies, compromised gut health (leaky gut and/or imbalances in gut flora) and inflammation in the body all negatively impact metabolism and as such brain function. The gut-brain connection is a very hot topic […]

Toxic Washing Detergent and Personal Boundaries

Toxic Washing Detergent and Personal Boundaries

Recently, we spent a week away on holidays. When coming back, we had the impression of opening the door to a washing saloon. Some well-intended soul had washed everything she could find in our house, in an attempt to surprise us (since it was cold, she […]

What is the healthiest and most sustainable fish to eat in Belgium?

What is the healthiest and most sustainable fish to eat in Belgium?

Fish is a great source for easy-to-digest proteins, healthy fats (more or less fat depending on the type of fish) and key nutrients such as iodine, zinc and selenium (which are all crucial for the thyroid). When it comes to fish, we have to select […]

Come Full Circle – Miscarriage Poem

Come Full Circle – Miscarriage Poem

You came to us As an unexpected gift Secretly and silently You installed yourself in my womb Making yourself comfortable Even if just for a little while   Despite the writings on the wall I did not notice you were there Or rather I was […]

How to deal with deep fears – even if they do come true

How to deal with deep fears – even if they do come true

We all have fears. The art is to not let your fears hold you back from doing what needs to be done. Nor to confine them to the shadow of your existence by suppressing them. If you are living a whole-hearted life, your deepest fears will […]

Why I am not in favor of supplementing with isolated vitamin D

Why I am not in favor of supplementing with isolated vitamin D

During autumn and winter, it is more difficult to get our vitamin D needs met through sunshine. We would have to expose at least our arms and face to 30min of unprotected sunshine every day to cover our basic needs – and that simply is […]

Why I am not in favor of assisted fertility treatments

Why I am not in favor of assisted fertility treatments

This is a delicate topic, yet one that has to be raised and that I feel about very strongly. Most of my colleagues in the field of holistic fertility would tell you that their recommendations will be beneficial for you also during fertility treatments. While […]

What if we stopped trying to make things happen?

What if we stopped trying to make things happen?

I recently listened to the audio book “The Surrender Experiment” by Michael A. Singer. The idea is that instead of following one’s own preferences, one lets Life be in charge, and simply surrenders to whatever it asks us to do or puts on our path, […]

Common Sense Nutrition Part 2

Common Sense Nutrition Part 2

In part 1 I stated that nutrition is simple and that as human beings we know how to do it. I talked about the importance of using your own common sense and intuition, of daring to experiment and of trusting your own experience. With all […]

Common Sense Nutrition

Common Sense Nutrition

Nutrition is very simple. I know there’s many people who tell you differently, because they are earning money with that and the more complicated it sounds, the more money they can make, but if it was truly that difficult or complex that we’d have to […]

What I learned from my miscarriage

What I learned from my miscarriage

So many embryos, fetuses and babies never make it into this world – or leave it far too early, be it through stillbirth, sudden child death, miscarriage, or even failed conception (IVF or natural).   Even though it happens so frequently, it is a topic […]

Healthy through the Holidays

Healthy through the Holidays

Christmas is coming closer and with it lots of occasions and temptations to indulge, especially in sweets and alcohol. Don`t worry, I am not going to tell you to say no to everything. Not only would that be unnecessarily cruel, but even potentially counterproductive, since […]

How having unshakable trust supports health and fertility

How having unshakable trust supports health and fertility

It is easy to feel strong and confident when things go well. However, when things seem to go wrong, it is easy to lose it and drop back into fear and doubt. Yet it’s the moments when things are being shaken up that we need […]

The two main reasons people stay up later than they know is good for them

The two main reasons people stay up later than they know is good for them

A good night’s sleep CRUCIAL for balanced hormones and metabolism in general. It’s at night that we recover and rebuild. In fact, every organ has its “time” and from 11pm to 3am it’s gallbladder and liver time. This is why you would ideally be in […]

The Number 1 secret to better nutrition without changing anything you eat

The Number 1 secret to better nutrition without changing anything you eat

Better nutrition without changing what you eat – sounds too good to be true, right?  Here’s the thing: we are not what we eat, we are what we can digest and assimilate!  In fact, you could be eating the healthiest meal in the world, if […]

Eating well is a form of self-respect

Eating well is a form of self-respect

Tell me what you eat, and I tell you how much respect you have for yourself and for this planet (which is actually the same thing). So many people know (in theory) that sugar, artificial sweeteners and processed foods in general are not good for […]

The importance of the gut for immunity and fertility

The importance of the gut for immunity and fertility

If we consider that 70-80% of our immune system lies in the gut, it is crucial to talk about gut health as THE important factor to improve your overall health, well-being – and also fertility – all year long. There are two main aspects to gut health: gut flora and […]

The “Everything in moderation” excuse

The “Everything in moderation” excuse

Are you using “everything in moderation” as an excuse to not stand up for yourself?   I cannot tell you how often I hear from clients that they do not want to go to extremes with their diet and lifestyle. That their ultimate goal is […]

The art of staying hydrated

The art of staying hydrated

Staying hydrated is important for EVERYbody. What we need water for Transportation of oxygen and all the necessary nutrients, enzymes and immune factors via the bloodstream to your organs and cells. You might be eating the right stuff, but without water, it cannot arrive at […]

Slow down to accelerate healing

Slow down to accelerate healing

ANY person that wants to heal, needs to slow down – with food, as much as in any other area of their lives. This is because in order for healing to occur, the body needs to get into the “rest-and-digest” restorative mode, as opposed to the “fight-or-flight” […]

Saturated Fat and Cholesterol are good for you

Saturated Fat and Cholesterol are good for you

The biggest myth surviving in the world of nutrition is probably that foods rich in saturated fat and/or cholesterol are bad for you. This myth stems from the 1950’s, when Ancel Keys published a study linking saturated fats to high cholesterol and heart disease. Although the […]

Real Food on a budget

Real Food on a budget

While (at first sight) healthy food is often more expensive, it is not true that eating healthy is only affordable for high-income households. In fact, if we’d incorporate all the costs (and inconveniences) of developing and treating degenerative diseases caused by the long-term consumption of […]

Psychology of Cleansing

Psychology of Cleansing

Today I finally embarked on my 3-5 days Colon Cleanse. I had planned it for some time now – I actually bought all the necessary equipment in June already (and now it’s October), but the moment never seemed to be right: holidays, my period, weekend […]

Plant Proteins and potential health problems

Plant Proteins and potential health problems

With all those scandals about factory-farmed meat and all this talk about how unsustainable and unhealthy it is to eat (too much) meat, many people are reducing the amount of animal foods they consume and are looking for plant-based alternatives to cover their bodies’ need […]

Orthorexia – when eating healthy turns into sick

Orthorexia – when eating healthy turns into sick

There is a dark side to all that talk about healthy food and lifestyle called orthorexia or the compulsory need to eat and live “healthy”. Anorexia and orthorexia are very similar in nature. While anorexic people are concerned with the QUANTITY of food, orthorexic people are concerned with […]

No guarantees

No guarantees

I cannot guarantee you anything, because there are no guarantees This week I got reminded in a quite painful way that there are no guarantees in life and that it is not me who is “in control” of things. Sometimes we feel like we only […]

Masculine and Feminine Energies and how they relate to food and body

Masculine and Feminine Energies and how they relate to food and body

So many of my clients (me included) struggle to find the right balance between their masculine and feminine energies, often holding stereotypes of what it means to be masculine or feminine. We often reduce the Masculine to strong, tough, unfeeling, aggressive, ready to fight – […]

Love yourself this Christmas

Love yourself this Christmas

Christmas time (or festivities in general) are tightly connected to food. No wonder, because food doesn’t just provide us with energy, but also means connection, tradition, belonging… all of which is deeply nourishing and important. However, it can be a challenging time for people trying […]

Liver Detox – myth or truth?

Liver Detox – myth or truth?

It’s spring and all across the health world, you see liver detoxes or spring cleanses being announced. From juice fasting and taking certain herbs or supplements over coffee enemas, to liver flushes… you can find all kinds of protocols, some free, some costing several hundreds […]

Eat and let eat

Eat and let eat

There’s a Higher Wisdom to everything, even to veganism. We have to trust the Universe and learn to live and let live. By focusing our energy on building what we believe in rather than what we do not believe in, we prepare the ground and […]

Let`s focus on health rather than body weight

Let`s focus on health rather than body weight

We are a society obsessed with body weight. So many of my clients constantly worry about the fact that they are not losing weight quickly enough or are afraid that they might gain weight by following my advice (especially if I suggest they include more healthy fat […]

Just pretend

Just pretend

I made an interesting observation. Oftentimes clients feel resistance to changing certain dietary or lifestyle habits – for example to stop drinking alcohol or to go to bed earlier – as a means of preparing for pregnancy and optimizing fertility, while they would have no […]

If you ever feel like a failure

If you ever feel like a failure

Every now and then I find myself in a very dark mood. So dark that I seriously consider throwing the towel. Shutting it all down. Getting myself a job again and stopping what sometimes feels like an uphill struggle. Just considering the option of letting […]

I was wrong about weight-loss

I was wrong about weight-loss

At least partially. If you’ve followed me long enough, you have seen me claim that everybody can be healthy, fit and lean if only they eat according to their Metabolic Type and get rid of individual food sensitivities. When I say “eating according to their Metabolic Type”, I […]

How unbiased are your experts really – a pledge for common sense

How unbiased are your experts really – a pledge for common sense

About industry influence on experts and opinion leaders and the importance to use your common sense. Rather than only relying on “scientifically proven” concepts, I appeal a lot to a concept often underused these days: Common sense and intuitive knowing. In my opinion, people often […]

How organic is your organic food really

How organic is your organic food really

The market for organic food is a profitable one, growing double digit. Nowadays, organic food is available almost everywhere, including at supermarkets, hypermarkets and discounters. While this is definitely a positive development because it increases the accessibility of organic food and peoples’ awareness for this […]

Fipronil in eggs

Fipronil in eggs

A new scandal is heating up the discussion about food safety again. This time it’s about eggs that have been contaminated with fipronil, an insecticide that is potentially toxic to human health and thus not allowed to be used on food animals. According to current […]

How sugar messes up your hormones

How sugar messes up your hormones

You’ve probably heard that excess sugar (especially if it comes from refined white sugar) is “bad” because it can cause caries and supplies only “empty” calories. However, these reasons don’t seem to prevent most people from continuing to eat it. Just brush your teeth and […]

Do you agree to be here?

Do you agree to be here?

Are you walking around alive on this planet, but are in constant rejection of your life or aspects of it (your work, your relationship, your family, your body, your health… ) – either silently or complaining openly? Then chances are you don’t fully agree to […]

Count your blessings, not your calories

Count your blessings, not your calories

I’ve been counting calories for a veeery long time in my life: to control my bodyweight, my appetite, my cravings. Like so many other people I thought that weight, health and my value as a person were all closely connected. I also thought that weight […]

Coffee, your gut and hormones

Coffee, your gut and hormones

Let’s talk about the drug Nr. 1 for many, caffeine, and its impact on your gut health and hormonal balance. While we are all biochemically individual, and some Metabolic Types can handle coffee better than others, I personally believe that it’s one of the substances you need […]

Balanced breakfasts for steady energy

Balanced breakfasts for steady energy

This article is not about whether or not to have breakfast. It is clear that everybody is biochemically individual and has different metabolic needs, with some people not needing any breakfast at all and some thriving on intermittent fasting. This article is only meant to […]

All you need to know about gluten

All you need to know about gluten

What is gluten? Gluten is an insoluble protein in wheat and other cereals, like spelt, rye, barley and kamut.   It provides the flour with visco-elastic properties and allows the dough to rise. It consists mainly of two proteins: gliadin and glutenin. There are alpha, beta, gamma […]

4 ways how excessive cardio can do more harm than good

4 ways how excessive cardio can do more harm than good

Running and other kinds of endurance training are increasingly popular nowadays. It’s said that they help to prevent cardio-vascular disease, keep you healthy and in shape. Unfortunately quite the opposite may be true. Too frequent and/or too intense endurance exercise, especially when combined with a stressful […]

A true alternative to glyphosate exists

A true alternative to glyphosate exists

An alternative to glyphosate already exists! It is called (local, small-scale) organic agriculture!   Honestly, I don`t get the current outcry about the prolongation of the glyphosate license. Or better said, I only get it partially. Of course I understand that people are annoyed with […]

Zero FOOD waste shopping

Zero FOOD waste shopping

For 4 years I used to have a shop for organic Real Food in Brussels (I then closed it for personal reasons). This shop used to function in a completely different way than other shops and – as a consequence – was 100% FOOD waste free. […]

The type of food waste nobody ever seems to talk about

The type of food waste nobody ever seems to talk about

There is a lot of talk about food waste and for a good reason. Collectively, from farm to table, we currently throw away between 30-50% of the food we produce. This is not only a slap in the face of those dying of hunger, but […]

What is Metabolic Typing?

What is Metabolic Typing?

Metabolic Typing is part of all my Health and Fertility Coaching Programs. If you are not looking for coaching, but simply would like to know your Metabolic Type as a means to assess whether or not a certain diet (i.e. vegetarian or low carb) is good for you, […]

Grass-fed vs. Grain-fed Cows

Grass-fed vs. Grain-fed Cows

Whenever I read somewhere that eating meat is bad for your health and the planet, I want to call or write the author and tell them to correct the headline to “Eating factory-farmed GRAIN & SOY-fed meat is bad for your health and the planet”. […]

All you need to know about omega 3 and omega 6

All you need to know about omega 3 and omega 6

Types When we talk about omega’s, we talk about fatty acids. Most often you will come across omega 3, omega 6 and omega 9: Omega 3 and Omega 6: groups of essential POLY-unsaturated fatty acids. Poly-unsaturated means that there is more than one double bondage […]

2 ways to reduce antinutrients in legumes, whole grains, nuts and seeds

2 ways to reduce antinutrients in legumes, whole grains, nuts and seeds

What are anti-nutrients? Whole grains, legumes, nuts & seeds naturally contain so-called anti-nutrients. The most important are: Phytic Acid: All whole grains, legumes, nuts and seeds contain phytic acid (most in the outer layer or bran). Phytic acid can combine with important minerals (such as calcium, […]

Forgotten Superfoods: Homemade Bone Broth

Forgotten Superfoods: Homemade Bone Broth

 Home-made, long & slow-cooked bone broth is one of THE forgotten superfoods. Contains gut-healing gelatin (if prepared from gelatin containing bones, like joints, knuckles, neck…). An intact gut lining is utmost important to prevent “leaky” gut and as such essential for a strong immune system, reducing the […]

Forgotten Superfoods: Lactofermented Vegetables

Forgotten Superfoods: Lactofermented Vegetables

Lacto-fermented or cultured foods are another of THE forgotten, traditional Superfoods.  Fermentation is a process in which bacteria (lacto-fermentation) or yeast (beer, wine) cause sugar and starches to break down into alcohol or organic acids (such as lactic acid) Lacto-fermentation: Starches and sugars are converted […]

How strong is your psychic immune system?

How strong is your psychic immune system?

When you think about the immune system, you probably think about colds, winter and vitamin C, about bacteria and viruses – maybe you’ve also already heard how 70-80% of our immune system lies in the gut… (if not, you can read all about it here). All […]

Thank you for being part of my journey!

Thank you for being part of my journey!

It`s Thanksgiving, and so I want to give thanks to YOU for reading me and interacting with me. Through this platform you are giving me the opportunity to process and express what`s on my mind. I am “forced” to sit down and actually structure my often […]

Be thankful!

Be thankful!

So often we only focus on what goes wrong in our lives, the things we don’t have or what we have not achieved yet. In other words, we focus on what we are lacking in our lives. This usually creates feelings of anger, bitterness, worry, sadness, disappointment… […]

10 ways how to boost your immune system naturally

10 ways how to boost your immune system naturally

 When asking people about their “tricks” to boost immunity before winter, you usually hear things like: Washing hands a lot Eating lots of fruits, esp. citrus fruits, kiwi etc. for vitamin C Eating garlic and onions Taking supplement X or Y … If we consider that 70-80% […]

Eating animal foods can be healthy, sustainable and ethical – Part 3 Ethics

Eating animal foods can be healthy, sustainable and ethical – Part 3 Ethics

      This post is part 3 of a 3 part series. If you haven’t already done so, please read part 1 (nutritional point of view) and part 2 (sustainability point of view) first. Make sure to also read about the intentions I have with this series in the […]

Eating animal foods can be healthy, sustainable and ethical – Part 2 Sustainability

Eating animal foods can be healthy, sustainable and ethical – Part 2 Sustainability

This post is part 2 of a 3 part series. If you haven’t already done so, please read part 1 (nutritional point of view) first. Make sure to also read about the intentions I have with this series in the beginning of part 1. Part 2: Sustainability […]

Breaking free from Food Prison

Breaking free from Food Prison

Eat to live, don’t live to eat! ·       Are you obsessed with food, healthy/clean eating and/or your weight? ·       Are you tired of constantly thinking about food, calories, nutrients and/or the effect of the food on your health and the planet? ·       Is your obsession […]

Why we should care about small, organic farmers

Why we should care about small, organic farmers

You care about your health. You care about the animals. You care about the planet. This is why you buy organic food.  Great! Now here’s another component to care about: the small, local farmer. Why? Simplified, if you don’t support local farmers, you support industrialized, mass production Even if […]

6 reasons why organic food is really better

6 reasons why organic food is really better

Every now and then there is a new “study” coming out supposedly showing that organic produce is no better for us than conventional produce. I do not even look at those studies anymore. For me it is simple common sense that fresh, organic Real Food (as opposed to […]

Eating animal foods can be healthy, sustainable and ethical – Part 1 Nutrition

Eating animal foods can be healthy, sustainable and ethical – Part 1 Nutrition

Introduction   It seems that if you want to be a “good”, “enlightened” and “politically correct” consumer these days, you have to “go vegan” or at least radically reduce your intake of animal foods. While I can understand the ethical, environmental and nutritional motivations fueling […]

Prepare the soil before you plant the seed

Prepare the soil before you plant the seed

Are you a man or a woman in your fertile years and does any of the following apply to you? ·       You lead a busy lifestyle and are stressed and/or tired frequently ·       As a woman, you suffer from PMS, PCOS, painful or irregular periods or thyroid […]

Eating for Performance

Eating for Performance

There are many factors affecting our professional performance: You just have to google to find a whole bunch of factors, such as the temperature and air quality at your office, ergonomics of the furniture, the noise level, the internal reward system, and of course personal […]