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Having retired at the age of 45 from teaching dance and mime in Ireland, and with some years working in environmental organizations in between, I returned to The Netherlands in the year 2000, where I began the study of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). It truly was a new beginning. TCM stems from a very distant past, even before ideas and practices were committed to paper. As it became embedded in the Confucian and Taoist philosophical traditions, TCM was expanded, modified and refined. This long and gradual development over several thousand years explains the marvelous intricacies, wisdom and basic good sense of this healing tradition. TCM represents the accumulation and maturation of medicinal knowledge and skill over many generations of observation, investigation, experimentation, experience and interpretation. It is a comprehensive medical system that interprets the universal factors of health and disease, as well as the factors that help prevent or cure disease.
When I began the study of TCM, nutrition was only one of many subjects. For me, it quickly became the most important one: since the daily diet is so basic and essential to myself and to everyone around me, it grabbed my imagination and never let go. As the years passed, and as I experimented, observed and learned more, I began to write short articles, which grew into a book. This first edition was superseded by the current version (Mindful Nutrition, How to Make the Most of a Whole Foods Diet).
In 2012, I felt the need to take a break from TCM. In 2014, I started writing children's books for the 6-9 year age-group. These books began by being based on some of the stage productions I wrote in Ireland during my period of teaching. Now, in 2015, I plan to concentrate on marketing the four children's books that saw the light of day in 2014.
As for other aspects of my life, I divide my time between Ireland - where I lived for over a quarter of a century and where my children and grand-children live - and The Netherlands. Meanwhile, I continue to experiment with, and deepen my understanding of nutrition.