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Having retired at the age of 45 from teaching dance and mime, and with some years working in environmental organisations in between, I began the study of Traditional Chinese Medicine in the year 2000. It truly was a new beginning. TCM itself stems from a very distant past, way before ideas and practices were committed to paper. As it became embedded in the Confusian and Taoist philosophical traditions, TCM was expanded, modified and refined over several millennia. This long and gradual, systematic development explains the marvellous 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 This first edition was superceded by the current version (Mindful Nutrition, How to Make the Most of a Whole Foods Diet). At this point in time (2012), I am taking a break from writing in order to immerse myself, once again, in the books. In addition, I've become interested in the preventative and medicinal power of herbs.
As for other aspects of my life, I devide 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, where I currently live and work.