WELCOME TO GOODNESST!

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If you're reading this page, there's a good chance you're a parent, just like me. Or in other words, you’re busy trying to combine work, kids, house, love, and social life while working your way down a never ending to-do list.

Oh, and you probably have to figure out what to feed your tribe, every-single-day-of-the-week. And can it please be homemade and healthy?

As a certified nutrition coach, mother of three (always) hungry kids, and passionate food lover, I help busy parents successfully combine daily life with a healthy household, and boost their energy along the way.

 

MY FOOD STORY

I was lucky to be raised by a stay-at-home mom who was a passionate cook and self-made nutrition pioneer. Long before most people could pronounce “quinoa” our kitchen was stuffed with lentils, rye, barley, tofu and tamari, and our house always smelled like homemade bread or cookies.

When I was about ten my mother got a fulltime job, trading her apron for a more corporate outfit and her homemade goodies for commercial alternatives like pizza, lasagne, canned ravioli and more processed meals.

When I left home for university I had no interest in food whatsoever and all I cared about was to satisfy my hunger on a budget.

By the time I’d started working and moved in with my now husband I was suffering from major digestive issues and often felt tired. That’s when my early childhood habits came to the rescue. Armed with a nutrition book I started taking control of my diet. My gut thanked me for it and I quickly felt more energized. Cooking healthy meals for my husband and I became my passion and my therapy to unwind after a long day at work.

Today, cooking has inevitably moved from therapy to necessity and meals have to be quick and approved by a highly demanding 3-headed jury. Now it’s my turn to face the challenges of combining a busy life with a healthy nest. And believe me, my kids were born with sweet-loving taste buds just like yours.

However, after many years of trial & error and ups & downs, they now eat nearly everything I make and live an almost 100% (refined) sugar-free life. Yes that's possible! And I'd be glad to teach you how.

 
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WHY I BECAME A NUTRITION COACH

From the day I realized how food could fix my digestion, energy, and overall wellbeing, I developed an ever growing interest in nutrition.

It wasn’t until 2013 when I quit my job as a PR-Director and took a step back from the corporate world that I realized nutrition had become more than a hobby. During my 6-months career break I spent most of my free time on food and health blogs, visiting farmer’s markets and experimenting with new recipes and ingredients.

But, I soon became confused and annoyed with all the contradictory information I found online. That’s what drove me to study nutrition at Bauman College.

Today I confidently navigate the nutrition universe and know where to find trustworthy sources. My PR-experience comes in handy as well, as it helps me synthesize large amounts of complex information into easily digestible nuggets of content for busy, health-minded parents like you.

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5 Quick Facts About Me

    1. I’m Belgian, lived in Brussels, Toronto, Lausanne, Geneva, and now in Amsterdam
    2. I’ve been in love with the same man for more than half of my life (and I’m not that old)
    3. Wine is my weak spot (although studies reveal that one glass of red wine a day is good for the heart and circulatory system ☺ )
    4. The initial name for this website was “Dancing in my kitchen” because of our strange habit to, well, dance a lot in the kitchen
    5. My secret dream is to publish a book one day (well not so secret anymore I guess)

5 QUICK FACTS ABOUT ME

1. I’m Belgian, lived in Brussels, Toronto, Lausanne, Geneva, and now in Amsterdam

2. I’ve been in love with the same man for more than half of my life (and I’m not that old)

3. Wine is my weak spot (although studies reveal that one glass of red wine a day is good for the heart and circulatory system ☺ )

4. The initial name for this website was “Dancing in my kitchen” because of our strange habit to, well, dance a lot in the kitchen

5. My secret dream is to publish a book one day (well not so secret anymore I guess)

MY 5 GOLDEN PRINCIPLES:

Don't Diet

I will never put you on a diet because I don’t believe in them. Instead, I can help you adopt healthy habits you actually enjoy.


Take It One Bite At A Time

If you aim for a drastic change in just a few weeks, then you’re looking for a diet. I help my clients change their dietary habits step by step based on where they are and what they like.

 

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