My name is Marieke (1976), married and mother of 3 lovely boys. In 2001 I graduated from the Technical University of Delft. Thereafter I was employed as an architect designing for several multinationals. As a family we got the opportunity to travel. For 10 years we lived on 4 different continents.
For years I was suffering from chronic migraines. I consulted many medical and alternative specialists.
In Australia I became involved in setting up a ‘community garden’. This is where my passion for healthy foods started. By expanding my knowledge within nutrition, I became even more motivated. Step by step I started to see and understand the bigger picture. This convinced me to embrace a healthy lifestyle, not only for myself, but for my family as well. Moreover, most of my migraine related complaints slowly disappeared.
I was very eager to set up food projects at (international) schools. I talked to people within different disciplines (doctors, farmers, pharmacists and nutrition scientists). With my agricultural genes and academic approach, I was able to connect a few pieces of the puzzle. These insights I shared in lectures titled ‘Food is Love for Life’, in Perth and Rio de Janeiro.
My ever-changing living environment gave me many more valuable insights. Conservative Texas forced me first to reset my frame of reference. Vast and calm Western Australia brought me closer to who I am and who I want to be. Finally, overwhelming Rio thaught me all about proud and femininity, but also confronted me with the complexity of us human beings. I started wondering, why aren’t we educated from the beginning to connect with all that nourishes us?
Back in the Netherlands, I graduated as an ‘integrative lifestyle and vitality coach’. A mouthful, but it just means I help people who don’t feel well, in an unique and inspiring way to feel better. By doing this, I hope to contribute to a happier and healthier world.