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What's in a name - part 2

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What’s in a Name – part 2 And the name of the program: “Healing Diabetes”? Even though that I no longer am insulin dependent, I am not truly healed from my Diabetes 2, however I no longer need medical intervention. Think of it as an allergy: if you are allergic to, say, Polar Bears, you can manage that allergy by moving to the Tropics: no Polar Bears, thus no allergic reaction, and no more allergy medication – but to consider yourself “healed” from your Polar Bear allergy would be too far-fetched. Get it? If you treat your Diabetes 2 as an allergy to certain food groups, you can live a very healthy life just like non-Diabetics by relocating from “What-Everyone-Is-Eating”-land to “What-Allows-Me-To-Live-Without-Medication”-land. And similar to the move from the Arctic to the Tropics, this will introduce you to new types of food, a different way of physically moving through life, sleep and relaxation. Exciting!   Hence, rather than suggesting this program will be healing,

What's in a Name?

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What’s in a Name? - part 1 People often assume I am on a “Keto diet”. As much as they assume knowing what all that entails. Well, I am not on a diet, and do not follow the “Keto” rules, but at the same time I’ve learned that the easiest way to prevent a lengthy conversation is to simply nod “yeah” on the “you’re doing Keto, right?” remark and be over with it. Because in case someone is really interested, a whole series of questions will follow. And then you get me started because it’s worth the talking when ears are open wide. So what do I do? I follow the pillars of the Dutch “Reverse Diabetes 2 Now” program: ·       *    Nutrition ·       *   Exercise ·       *  Sleep ·       *  Relaxation ·       *  Medication decrease It is this cocktail that has brought me where I am today, and which I will be teaching. Not just a diet, as nutrition is only one part of the process and what we do is supposed to be a lifestyle . Let that sink in: a lifelong commitment. Fo

Turning my Mess into a Message

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 In August 2017, in the middle of the night at the Mount Sina├» Hospital in NYC, the doctor finally came in with the results: “the good news is that it wasn’t a heart attack, but the not so good news is that we found a few other things; (…) you need to drastically change your life”, adding that as a first step I should earnestly exercise for an hour a day. I already had been diagnosed with Diabetes 2 for 8 years and injecting insulin for 5 years, gradually adding cardiovascular medication to my growing list of medications. Since this confronting conversation, I started a difficult and often confusing process to change from the always-tired grumpy old woman I had been for so long, into the energetic feeling-10-years-younger I am today, no longer using insulin while reducing all other medication. I count myself very fortunate and privileged to have been given this chance, and having received so much support from both my husband as wel