Hello and welcome!
I’m Mariette Leufkens, a California-based Registered Holistic Nutritionist.
I believe that food can truly heal or harm us!
I experienced this first hand after I uncovered my food sensitivities and removed the foods that were causing my sluggish state and inflammation. Anti- inflammatory foods then became my most effective ally.
My story starts with how in my early forties I suffered severe nerve and joint pains in my arms, hands and shoulders. My inability to use my hands forced me to close down my 19-year practice as an integrative massage and bodywork practitioner. The middle of the story charts my extreme lethargy and helpless attempts to heal my arms, hands and shoulders through conventional and even alternative practices. The story ends with me finally taking my health and life into my hands by implementing a huge dietary change. By addressing the underlying nutritional imbalances that were driving my health issues, I finally experienced a lasting transformation!
This wake-up call ignited a revolution within me that taught me how to participate in my wellbeing at a deeper level. Inspired by my own healing journey, I became passionate about functional and holistic nutrition. I went back to school and became a Registered Holistic Nutritionist, (RHN) through the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition. I am also a graduate of Functional Nutrition Lab’s Full Body Systems program and a Restorative Wellness Practitioner. Food as medicine is what inspires me!
The larger and MUCH more important story of why I do what I do today is that we find ourselves in a broken relationship with our food system.We are surrounded by and bombarded with processed and chemically treated foods — these foods don’t nourish us, instead they rob our brains of nutrients. When we eat poor quality foods we are dipping into the nutrient reserves of our body. In this larger story, we find ourselves in a broken healthcare system that is treating symptoms instead of finding underlying causes to ultimately set us free! What inspires me is a more personalized approach to health care that recognizes the biological uniqueness of each person. Yes, you too can participate in your own wellbeing at a deeper level.
Let’s take charge, and walk the path together.
A few more details about Mariette
Mariette was born in Iran, grew up in The Netherlands and has lived in the San Francisco Bay Area for the last 30 years. She worked as a somatic and bodywork therapist for over 19 years and has helped thousands of clients overcome stress and physical pain through the power of integrative bodywork. She has been a passionate artist for even longer. When she’s not navigating through the nutritional puzzles of her clients, you can find Mariette leading Art2connect events or creating art herself. Find out more about Art2Connect HERE !
Mariette Leufkens, RHN is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist practicing in Petaluma, California. Her philosophy is simple: When given foods and nutrients that truly nourish you, the body has an amazing ability to heal and rebalance. Her focus is identifying and addressing the underlying imbalances that are driving her clients health issues. Mariette helps her clients solve their nutritional puzzles through a detailed understanding of their history, specific lab tests and possible triggering lifestyle factors. Mariette graduated from the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition and is a graduate of Functional Nutrition Lab’s Full Body Systems program and a Restorative Wellness Practitioner. She developed her passion for functional nutrition after improving her personal health crisis through nutrition when conventional medicine and multiple alternative therapies did not provide adequate relief. Mariette holds a special love in helping people with digestive, blood sugar and autoimmune issues.