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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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

How unbiased are your experts really

About industry influence on experts and opinion leaders and the importance to use your common sense. This post was originally triggered by this NY Times article on how academics are used as lobbyists by industries, but it eventually turned into a general sharing of my […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

Eating meat can be healthy and sustainable

Eating meat can be healthy and sustainable

Eating meat or animal foods in general is often blamed for wasting precious resources, for contributing to climate change and for causing health problems. This is certainly true for factory-farmed or even some “organic” meats from animals raised mainly on soy, corn or wheat. But […]

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 […]

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 […]

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” and “enlightened” consumer these days, you have to “go vegan”. While I can understand the ethical, environmental and nutritional motivations fueling this trend, the whole notion that veganism is the most ethical, sustainable […]

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 […]