Hi! 

I’m a Belgian living in Shanghai, in my 40s, healthy food lover, hobby photographer, Reiki master, runner, yogi, organizer (yes that’s a hobby), mother of an amazing girl, and wife (or technically still girlfriend) of an inspiring man who happens to be a chef/technical food advisor.

My desire to help others on their health journey is the reason why I shifted my career. It took me a few decades to figure all of that out by doing my own research, studying, getting licensed, and doing the things I had to do to heal and to reconnect with my true self.

We only have one body, and if you treat yourself with healthy foods, positive thoughts, and lots of laughter and love, you will unlock a part of yourself that is so much more powerful and real.

My Previous Life 

I used to live a completely different life working for an international company in marketing that included a full-time career, smoking, and consuming too much alcohol and sugar. Friendships were superficial. I was living a fast life  traveling between Belgium, France, Holland, Vancouver, and San Francisco for work, and never missed a party. I loved that pace of life. When everything happened the way I planned it, I was happy. When my to-do lists were done, I felt satisfied.

I even considered myself healthy; I was trying to eat healthy meals and doing regular workouts (it was from a diet point of view – to stay on track with a number I had in mind).

My immune system was very low, and I got sick easily, had  many skin issues like eczema, and my belly always felt bloated.

When that international company decided to close their office in my country,  I had to look for another challenge. Other doors started to open and I finally had time to reconnect with myself and realize that what I had been doing was escaping from myself. I was a workaholic and sugar and alcohol addict. But what now?

2012 was the start of a new era in my life. My daughter was five at that time, and understanding unconditional love was the beginning of my spiritual path. LOVE IS ALL WE NEED ON THIS PLANET.

A few years later we arrived in China and from then, everything accelerated. Our move opened doors to study holistic health and embark on my new life. This included finding my spiritually with Reiki, learning to work on blockages, and connecting more with my authentic me. I learned what really healthy food is through the Institute of Integrative Nutrition, tried Tai Chi, finished a beginner course in Traditional Chinese Medicine, and for the first time ever, volunteered for an organization called MTA, a unique sisterhood of incredible ladies with the same values at their core. The connections with these ladies made me realize that this is exactly what I needed.

Today … 

I am still working on many things, but I am doing so much better than before. I thrive on my clean eating diet (which is not a diet but a lifestyle)! My friendships became deeper connections that feed my soul on a different level. I wake up in the morning ready to take on the world! My immune system is much stronger and I no longer want to go back to my old ways and habits.

With all of this knowledge and experience, I cannot do anything else than to help others who are going through the same struggles: finding meaning in life and eating healthily. It seems easy, but when you lose track, you need someone who can put you back in the right direction.

Are you ready to embark your journey with me?

XoXo
Tanja 

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