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 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 medicine and holistic nutrition. I went back to school and became a Registered Holistic Nutritionist.
When given foods and nutrients that truly nourish us, our bodies have an amazing ability to heal and rebalance from the inside out.
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.
What inspires me is a more personalized approach to health that recognizes the biological uniqueness of each person. Yes, you too can feel much better and participate in your own wellbeing at a deeper level.
Let’s take charge, and walk the path together.
Mariette is Registered Holistic Nutritionist (RHN) practicing in Petaluma, California. As a nutritional consultant and health coach, she is passionate about helping people overcome their health challenges and reaching their goals. Whether it is addressing digestive, blood sugar or auto immune issues, Mariette’s focus is on identifying and addressing the underlying imbalances that are driving her clients health issues. She helps her clients solve their nutritional puzzles through a detailed understanding of their history, specific lab tests and possible triggering lifestyle factors. She developed her passion for functional nutrition after improving her own personal health crisis through nutrition when conventional medicine and multiple alternative therapies did not provide adequate relief. Inspired by her own healing journey Mariette went back to school and graduated from the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition. She is a graduate of Functional Nutrition Lab’s Full Body Systems program and a Restorative Wellness Practitioner.
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 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 is not navigating through the nutritional puzzles of her clients, you can find Mariette leading art workshops or creating art herself. Find out more about Art2Connect here!