As a health and wellness coach, my role is to assist you in improving your quality of life.
I support you in getting the insights into your own nourishment needs, physically and mentally, and guide you towards a healthier and happier life; one that is in line with your core-self across all areas of your life.
Be your own hero!
My journey is one of following my passions. After having studied Audiovisual Arts, I moved to the Netherlands, where I worked in marketing and communication. Half a decade later, I moved back to Belgium, Brussels, only to start working in London a little while later. There, I worked as a patient liaison officer for the National Health Service.
In 2007 my life changed completely: I got a job at the European Commission's DG Research and Innovation, as I studied for a BBA at KU Leuven. I was then diagnosed with not one but two autoimmune diseases. My weight was constantly increasing, and I was suffering from chronic pains and aches. Life was crazy back then, but every cloud has its silver lining: I learned to do right to my body with the help of an MD who worked with a dietician. My health issues forced me to live a healthier life, taught me to appreciate my uniqueness, and got me into coaching.
In the years before the pandemic, I commuted quite a bit between Brussels and NYC. My healthy lifestyle was put to the test, and I learned that eating right is just one component of healthy living. It's also about continuously balancing other components of life, such as relationships that nourish you, a career that fulfills you, a healthy home environment, a sound financial situation, and allowing joy into your life.
Inspiring others to enjoy the ride of a healthy and joyful life
When I first got my health issues, I focused on the restrictions that came with the health issues. Coming from a culture where people do not always focus on the positive, I knew I had to adapt if I wanted to make it "back to normal". I learned the power of a positive mindset, and brought the can-do attitude of my professional life into my personal life. So far, I have surpassed my "back to normal": my work helps other men and women move forward; I do not overcommit anymore, as I let go of my perfectionism. I even ran a half-marathon, barefoot!
A balanced and nourishing lifestyle is an open-ended journey...
One that should be savored to the fullest.
The body changes with age, and so do its needs. At the same time, we learn more about the impact of eating right, every single day. What worked for me back in 2008, is very far from what works for me now. Furthermore, what works for me, may not work for you. We all are unique individuals, and your needs differ from mine. Every step in the right direction brings you closer to striking the balance of living your unique, healthy and happy life. And the more joy you get out of it, the easier it is to strike that balance.
Where knowledge is concerned, we stand on the shoulders of giants. Yet, knowledge only works if we act upon it. Most of us know what to do, but we still find it hard to actually do it in a sustainable manner. Once I dared to share my own journey, I got to understand that I was helping other women on their own journey of growth. This has pushed me to become an integrative health and wellness coach, and help even more women on their personal journey of growth.
In 2016, I graduated from the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies, based in Ithaca, NY, where I studied the Whole-Foods, Plant-Based lifestyle (WFPB).
Two years later, I graduated from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, based in New York, NY, as an integrative nutrition health coach.
I studied with the world's top health and wellness experts, studied different dietary theories, learned that health is about a lot more than food and exercise, and, hence, requires a holistic approach.
My professional growth does not stop there. Although I keep on reading and studying, I learn the most from the experiences that you care to share with me. Sharing our experiences make us stronger, inspiring me even more to work with women from all kinds of backgrounds and walks of life.
● Certified Life Coach (2013)
● Certified in Whole-Foods, Plant-Based Nutrition (2016)
● Certified Health Coach (2018)
More about me...
I am in my late 40s and even though I love big city life, I also love getting my hands dirty gardening. Hence, the modest urban jungle in my living room and a bit of guerrilla gardening close to my place in downtown Brussels.
Food-wise, I am a flexitarian, which means that I mainly eat a plant-based diet and add on moderate amounts of animal protein every now and then.
When I am not coaching or writing, I am cooking, sipping tea, taking photos, doing yoga, or napping on my couch with my cats. I used to run barefoot and I am thinking about picking that up again soon. When I'm not enjoying the city, I'm probably sitting on a beach somewhere, staring at the sea.