I grew up in Sweden and ever since I was a child I have always questioned the importance of diet and its effect on health. I have memories of my mother telling me that we humans are not made to eat animals, and that we are plant eaters. As a child, I was given tips about health. I gave some of those tips a try, and they worked. Thus my interest of the importance of proper eating began. However, my trip to become a Nutritionist was a long one. It began during adolescence when I was diagnosed with IBS and I knew even then that medications were not the answer. Since then I have tampered with different diets while always being up to date with the latest findings on nutrition and health. I became a vegetarian at a very young age. I started to recognize signals that my body gave me, after consuming certain foods. After a few changes in my lifestyle, I became completely symptom free from IBS. All on my own, all by just changing my dietary lifestyle. My goal in life became much clearer. I wanted to help people with their health.
Before my studies as a Nutritionist in Australia, I wanted to travel, meet people and experience other cultures. I travelled the world and worked on various cruise ships. It was fantastic and a great learning experience. Today, I have visited nearly 40 countries and over 60 cities. I can truly say that I have experienced different cultures in terms of lifestyle, dietary intake and health.
Long-term challenges for me: To boost the quality of living for individuals through sustainability, promote healthy living and disease prevention. Today my lifestyle is completely plantbased and my passion has always been to make people feel better about themselves while adopting a natural approach. I do not work with supplements or other unnatural resources. My approach is natural, to help you with what nature has given us. Together we can heal from the inside out by resources meant for us herbivores.
My life has always been in sports symbiosis with fitness and natural methods when it comes to health. Health is key when it relates to the physical and mental well-being, which is why I am where I am today.
My physical fitness experience began at the age of 8. I slid on some baggy knickerbockers with pockets to hold what looked like sun damages padding to protect my knee caps, hips and thigh. I somehow correctly wore a pair of smelly shoulder pads, and an over-sized Helmet. Those were the days, running around like a little me, blinded, being forced to tackle and hit my friends. The game of football. What memories. I was involved in other sports as a wee one. Wrestling, track and field. And as an adult I was able to play what I think is the best sport in the world...Rugby. What a rush. It has been a few years since I've step on the field.
But I have found other activities to satisfy ones want for the rush. In 2014 I began competing in bodybuilding. Men’s physique division to be precise. I competed in four events that year, and I found success. Placing third, second and first in my class. Qualifying for nationals was the thing to achieve. All of my success is due to my competitive background and but mainly the combination of me having over ten years of personal training experience and my current Plant-based lifestyle.
As a personal trainer, managing many clients from all walks of life, adapting my training methods based on each and every one of my client’s lifestyle. Their age, body types, range of motion, physical abilities and inabilities and diet forced me to be creative and more understanding with the challenges that were before me. Molding me into what I think is a successful Trainer/fitness coach. Success in the form of strength gain, increased agility, flexibility, minimizing ones workout related injuries.
There was always a piece of the puzzle missing. And this piece was a huge piece, the most important piece...nutrition. As a personal trainer with no nutrition background I was not able to provide my clients with sound diet guidance. I wish I had the nutritional knowledge during my early training days, because I myself could have filled my body with much healthier foods.
I was that Trainer, who looked healthy. But I was not. True I was much healthier than my clients and probably just as healthy as most of my fellow trainer friends, except one. A Rastafarian, Vegan. I wish I would have listened to you! I trained so hard, worked my butt off to achieve that look of health, but the way I felt was the opposite. I felt unhealthy for many years. Let’s say for about as many years as I can remember up until the age that I adopted a plant-based lifestyle. I had the typical American issues, high blood pressure, I was often constipated, had headaches, nose bleeds, muscle spasms, ache joints, acne on my face and much more on my back. There was also dandruff, bad breath, ringing in my ears, bad sleep, and my thoughts were not always clear.
Well since adopting the plant-based vegan lifestyle all of the symptoms that I have listed have been reversed. It is amazing how eating the foods that our bodies are designed to eat, causes the body to almost completely heal its self. The food that we eat, is supposed to heal us, not destroy us. After meeting my partner Rebecca, my knowledge of proper nutrition has greatly increased. I am excited because there is so much more for me to learn. Will you join me? I've got the Fitness aspect covered, Rebecca will help you with getting the right foods into your body. Proper body fueling, and an active lifestyle are in your future.