How long have you been doing what you do and how did you get to be an Energy Expert for professionals?
To answer this question, it’s probably best that I share with you a defining moment in my life. It resulted in everything I do at this point.
That defining moment in my life happened in 2009, after being deadly ill for 5 years. My body had crashed in 2005, after working day and night with a total burn out for two years. I had ignored about every daunting symptom, from paralyzed limbs to total black outs at work. Bit by bit, the diagnosis’s were adding: Central Myelitis, Poly Neuritis, total burnout, Lyme disease, chronic fatigue syndrome, Fibromyalgia. I was in constant unbearable pain, paralyzed on and off, totally exhausted, completely isolated from life and social interactions, lonely, not able to do anything but laying down. After curing the first four diseases, I was doomed to stay ill for the rest of my life because no one knew how to cure chronic fatigue syndrome and Fibromyalgia.
I had become bitter and angry. Angry with doctors who didn’t believe or help me, doctors who told me every visit that it was all between my ears, doctors who said that nothing could be done. But this anger was my drive to keep searching for a solution. I was stubborn. I didn’t want to give up, even though everybody had taken away my hope for cure…
I still remember that day in April, when I found the solution for my debilitating condition. I discovered raw food. A new world opened up to me, I read all day long and knew: “This is it!” I could feel it in every cell of my body! The next day I was 100% raw, even if I didn’t know what I was doing. I just did it.
I used the thorough analysis I had made during my ongoing research, made all the links, connected my “Aha” moments, adjusted everything to my new food. Ten days later my pain had gone and I managed to walk pain free. Three months later I was able to stay up all day long, to build up the energy I could only dream of in the past. I was cured.
But the most exciting takeaway from healing was: I had found a new passion, mission included. I had gotten a second chance in life and wanted to make that count. I didn’t know how yet, but I knew it would come my way.
At that very moment, I made the commitment to myself to immerse myself in absolutely everything that was connected to a living plant-based diet, to generating energy (I still had a way to go), to learn about the science and psychology of change.
I read all the books I could get about plant-based food, detox and cleansing. I invested in an intensive coaching program to process my illness, to shift my mindset and to overcome my fear of exposing myself to the world. I was determined: nothing would stop me! I would become an expert, even if I had past my fifties. I had lost my job, couldn’t find work with my history and age. What first seemed to be a disaster became my opportunity to a new career. I started studying again, became a certified raw food coach and started my business “Ravishing Raw” in that first month of my study.
During this process I had only one thing in mind: helping others, making a ripple effect in the world. Not just in my own small pool. The first opportunity came to me very soon; my friend, who was just diagnosed with Südeck disease and given up by the doctors. Their painful treatments didn’t work out for her. She was desperate when I visited her. I didn’t think one moment and said:
“From now on, you will only eat what I prepare for you! I’ll come to you every day and help you heal yourself.”
She and her husband were in tears. And so I did: for almost 3 months I went to her place and made all her food -her right arm and hand were completely disabled at that time-. We made a picture of her hand every day. After only five days it started looking like normal again, ten days later she could move her fingers, after a few weeks she was helping me and 3 months later her doctor was stunned: she had completely healed!
This was the moment I received the proof that the strategies I used to heal myself, could also help others. I designed my first signature system “Ravishing Raw FooDprint™”, my blueprint for restoring energy.
As an eternal student, I keep investing in my education with the best mentors out there, attending seminars in America to learn how to grow my business and stretch myself. It feels incredible to be able to do all these amazing things after years of disability.
Who are your clients exactly?
When I started, I wanted to help everyone. I guess that’s the idealism of every beginner. But I learned that if I wanted to be known for my work, I needed to narrow it down and become really good at 1 thing. At that time I had no idea yet what that one thing was, or what my special talent was. I was just enjoying being able to do what I loved doing.
Soon I started attracting professionals mainly: world-class musicians, entrepreneurs, experts. Most of them were overweighed, stressed out, they lacked the energy to perform and live the way they wanted to. It was so easy to understand them, to deliver the results they wanted because I was one myself. I was facing the same challenges of a busy schedule and had organized myself in such a way that my self-care was part of that calendar.
So now, I only work with experts. And to me you’re an expert when you are a business owner, an entrepreneur, a high performer, an artist, a game-changer, a coach, a mentor, a leader, an influencer,… you know your stuff, you have expertise in what you do. You are the expert in your field and you’re really great. But… you would be able to do even better if you had the energy for it.
What started as “Ravishing Raw™” has recently become “Energy For Experts™.” I rebranded my whole business, created a new website to bring my work and unique concept across in a better and much bigger way.
I’m proud of my darling clients and I’m proud to say that I helped world class jazz musicians, entrepreneurs, coaches, mentors, and organizers lose excess pounds, reverse pre-diabetic and diabetes type 2 conditions, thyroid issues, overcome emotional eating and binging, alcoholism and drug abuse. Getting rid of issues that claimed their energy changed their whole life.
How are you different from other coaches?
I’m one of the very few coaches who are specialized on generating sustainable energy.
I based my work on 3 big pillars: mindset, a living plant-based diet and self-management.
Food is not about food™".
That’s what most “food experts” don’t understand.
That’s what sets me apart as an energy expert.
Food is about stress at work, fear, emotions, relationships, life itself. Those are the real factors we work with to build a new relationship with food. Making recipes is nice, but it’s only a small part of what we do to free up all the trapped energy.
And then of course, there’s the factor “time.” My clients don’t have time. So I came up with a unique concept that makes it easy to integrate their new lifestyle in the limited timeframe they have available: I teach them how to run their health like they run their business.
I love being so heavenly practical! I love organizing, making things easy for my busy clients. They get many advantages from that as I get a lot done for them that saves them loads of time: all they need to do is pick up the resources, follow my lead, implement and have fun. The more I work with experts, the more I focus on simplifying things: it’s so essential to make it all doable for them.
A while ago a coach told me how she would love to gain energy but how “blocked” she felt to step into a plant-based diet because she was convinced it would take too much of the time she needs for her clients. So when I asked her if she would be able to take 30 minutes a day to prepare her fresh delish, her face cleared up and she was one big smile! Cooking takes much, much longer! Raw food is the new fast food, literally!
One more thing I need to mention here is that I ONLY work with those who are FULLY committed to themselves. The system I have works like a champ, but it does take commitment. As you would commit to your business to succeed, I need your commitment to be successful in your wellbeing.
Sometimes I get the question:
“Oh but do I have to eat everything uncooked when I do this?”
Every person is different. This is not a “one size fits all.” Everything I do is personalized. Some want to go all the way, other don’t. For those who don’t, we look for a certain percentage they can or want to maintain. They get great results too, simply because we adjust their current diet as much as we can. Sometimes professionals don’t want to go all the way into this living plant based lifestyle and that’s fine. They do learn a lot about themselves, they change their unhealthy habits, they create new behavior and a new relationship with their food and themselves. That too is life-changing. There is not just “one truth.” We have to search for what works for you and is sustainable on the long run.
What type of personality do you work best with and what is expected of me?
Oh I absolutely love people who are determined to reach their goal, whatever it takes. My masterclasses, workshops, services and programs are created for those who are excited to learn and apply. I love people who allow new passions or novelties into their lives, who are open to change, who have guts. I love people who can’t wait to soak my knowledge and expertise, but most importantly: people who can’t wait to implement everything they learn! Because this is the key to success: implementation, action! Not only professionally, also health wise. People who take action are the ones who really thrive in my programs.
I only choose and go for the best in life and I know that I get the best results with those who are not afraid to stretch beyond what is comfortable. This is what gets you the results you want. This is what I want for you, so yes, you need to be open to take action without excuses. Those who do what I ask them to do, get there in a record time. It’s a different mindset, I know, but that too is something I always help you with from the start.
For what type of person is this program NOT going to work?
Very good question! When I started coaching I used to help everyone but after a few years I realized that this is not possible. I have set some boundaries so I can truly help those that I accept. I don’t work with just anybody anymore. I’ve become very selective over the years to serve my clients -and myself- at the very best of my possibilities.
I find it extremely important to have a good connection of trust with my clients and that they get the results they’re looking for. So my programs definitely don’t work for those who don’t implement, who lie to me about their process and their intended action steps, who don’t move away from their excuses. The responsibility is theirs and theirs only. When it is clear in our acquaintance call that my approach may not serve you, I will be completely honest and open with you and gently refer you to someone else when I can. I see it as my mission to empower you to act independently so you learn, get results faster and can continue your new lifestyle effortlessly after our coaching has ended.
I also have chosen not to work with those who whine or criticise my work. I can’t help you if you belong in this category. I’m not the right fit for you then, nor do I want you to waste both our time and your money. I only say this in your interest, as you will understand by now that I find it so important for you to get the best results from our coaching. I think that’s only fair.
As with everything of high quality, my programs ask for a financial commitment. If you’re in debt, desperate for money, you may have to look for a temporary solution that doesn’t stress you out until you saved up. Because in that case, you will be worrying too much and miss out on implementing your new knowledge into your new lifestyle. Now, I know exactly how it feels to live on a financial edge. I’ve been there for a long time myself. So if you are there right now, no problem. I understand.
But don’t stand in your own way by saying “I can’t afford it” too quickly. Do yourself a favour, change your way of thinking and ask yourself; “HOW can I afford it?” and you will see that when you shift your priorities, things that you thought you couldn’t afford get within your reach. If you really don’t have any money I have a few suggestions to help yourself with what I offer for free until you can enjoy my services:
by making 1 small change to your busy day. ( link to leadbox for sign up) You’ll also receive my weekly ezine that will give you bit size golden nuggets to inspire you and help you to get started by yourself until you are ready to work with me in private.
a growing community of experts who have the same challenges as you have.
Visit my website on a regular basis:
stay in touch to know when I offer free webinars. Or join my next free online 3-Day Mindset Makeover Bootcamp and feel the changes happening instantly. Keep an eye on my new blog posts on hot topics or personal experiences with cleansing and detoxing, recipes, mindset, organization,…
These 3 action steps will already help you to get focused on your health. When you are ready, email me and we can take you from there. I’m here when you need me, so no rush.
What exactly is the “Energy FooDprint Success System™ ” and what does it include?
Creating excellent health and premium energy levels begins with understanding your body. What are your struggles and challenges, what is your body reacting to exactly, what is the cause of your struggle and how can we reset your body into a healing modus. My system is a blueprint of proven strategies we follow to reset your mind and body, to balance the different areas in your life so you can generate a constant flow of lasting energy. So let me take you through these steps for a moment so you understand why my blueprint is so powerful!
You are what you think! Get clarity on your “B.I.G. W.H.Y.”; your “Beyond Imagination Goal Why to Heal Yourself”.
Being healthy doesn’t mean “the absence of disease.” In the first place it means: how to make yourself “whole.” What is it exactly you don’t like about your body, in your work, in your life? These are the things you want to change. We explore your vision on your personal and professional life and how to stretch it from small to big thinking and achieving. To change things it is essential to have that kind of clarity, to know what you want but most importantly: WHY you want it. So yes, there will be some soul searching to get clear on your goals, what makes your heart sing. With clarity comes a new mindset: the mindset you need to do whatever it takes to make a difference to yourself, the ones you love and the ones you work with! This is a very empowering process with many essential insights that will serve all areas in your life and strengthen you for any change that may be challenging.
Set yourself up for success.
To succeed in what you do, you need to create your success support systems, from family to friends to colleagues, from your cupboards to your fridge to your kitchen. We are setting up whatever YOU need to be successful, meaning: we are supporting the change within you with positive and inspiring change in your environment. When you eat different than your surroundings, your social life may be challenged at certain moments. We design a social support system for you; how to deal with restaurants, how to prepare yourself when you go out, for travel abroad, for a longer stay far away from your comfort zone. Once you have these systems all set up, you can use them over as a framework for your success!
Understand your body’s systems and how you “support” them.
Before you can generate lasting energy or balance yourself, you need to understand how your body is working, why it is challenging you to change unhealthy habits. I analyze your situation and point out the possible causes of your issues. We tackle them by going right to the core. I teach you “the why” and because of this, you’ll understand all our following steps, shake off possible resistance, eliminate self-sabotage systems, ditch the excuses that kept you there in the first place. Everything is connected and that’s what you’ll learn about yourself. But not just that: you will own this powerful strategy for any next challenge in the future.
Increase your energy levels.
The first thing all my clients want to improve when they start working with me is: their lack of energy, the ongoing fatigue that wears them out. They want to get rid of that sluggish, demotivating feeling like… yesterday. And because I know how awful that kind of fatigue feels, we already introduced a way to increase your energy levels from day one of our coaching. In this phase we start upgrading your energy by transferring from cooked to uncooked, step by step. We leave out what is exhausting your systems, we replace them with energizing foods and drinks. You will learn all the different techniques with which you can make your pure dishes look attractive and tasty. Take a peek in my energy cuisine if you have no idea yet what to expect. Eating plant based is so much more than “salads” and it is far from the “rabbit” food you thought it would be. Accordingly to your taste, we can set you up with the style of raw food that suits you best to make this transition smoothly and successfully.
Master your health physically, mentally, emotionally.
Time to tackle the addiction to junk foods with knowledge and practical strategies. Now that you made new progress, it is time to structure your new lifestyle. We get you all organized in your kitchen so that it's easy for you to make healthy choices in busy times and in non-ideal circumstances. You’re ready to learn how to own your lifestyle, how to master your health. Very helpful in this phase is having a “before” blood test to see where you are exactly and having another blood test after a few months. This is how we can track your results and if you did the work, they’re always stunning. In the meantime you’re already feeling the difference of your new nourishment. But actually seeing your results black on white is very encouraging and a scientific affirmation of your change. After all: you like tracking your results in your business, too. You will learn how to take fully charge of your health by aligning your physical health with your mental and emotional health.
Detox and cleanse your body, mind and life.
From the moment on that you start eating pure foods, the body starts releasing what got it stuck. This means a lot is going on, all systems are getting rid of the clutter that had you down for months, years, often even a lifetime. I guide you through this whole process and whatever that comes up for you. It’s different for everyone, so we take it as it comes. Detoxing your body always results in the need of getting rid of the clutter on your desk, in your office, in your environment. So that’s what we do too: creating even more clarity by getting rid of all the clutter on all levels. You will love it because all of the sudden you have so much more space than you ever thought! Cleansing your body and environment makes sure that you remove all the toxins that have entered your body, profession and life so you will feel light and vitalized, inspired.
Self-management before time management!
To be at the top of your game and to max out your potential, your capacities, you need a top condition. Experts usually spend all their time working 24/7. Now that you transferred to a living plant-based diet (or to a high percentage, as you wish), you are on fire. You became much more productive and are getting so much more done in a shorter period of time. This means: you created free time for yourself and the life you love living. The danger of being so excited that you have all this new energy is, that you will use it to work even more or harder. This is where our “self management” step comes in. We design a personal framework that works and serves you on a daily basis. Self-care is your new priority to keep that feel.
You’ll get all the materials you need for your progress. You have exclusive email access to me if you have questions, and we have our weekly sessions to create a continuous flow of energy that will accelerate your progress.
Living healthy is an attitude, a mentality. And it’s exactly this mentality that you will own after working with me. You’ll absolutely love that new shaped body, you will embrace your vitality, you’ll stun your loved ones, your clients and peeps will love being around you.
How quickly can I expect results?
Oh! Very quickly but let me make a few nuances as I want to be clear on a few factors involved in the way you make progress.
Nevertheless, the good news is that once you step into eating more pure, shift your mindset, apply the self management tools I give to you, tangible results are appearing very fast.
Many clients experience improvement after only a few days already, others need a few weeks. I had several clients who lost 50 to 60 pounds (25 -30 kg) in a few months only, pre-diabetes and diabetes type 2 was reversed in one month, Hyperthyroidism healed in 3 months, clients who experienced huge energy increase within the first week of their transition, a client with a binging history of 15 years overcame her constant urge in 3 months,… These are all life changing successes!
Generally most people experience a huge difference within 1 to 3 months. It’s always so amazing to follow their process and seeing how they lose overweight effortlessly without restricting or counting calories, how their energy is swinging, their skin starts glowing, how their mood brightens up, how their libido improves, how much more productive they become, focused, how much clarity they get in all areas of their lives, how bold they become in making changes, how they detach themselves from addictive foods, how youthful they feel and look, … the list goes on and on. It’s so much fun to see them transform in such a short time.
Can I contact some of your former clients to see what it’s like to work with you?
Yes, sure you can and I would be happy if you would! You can read success stories and experiences of experts who felt exhausted and had no time for self-care throughout my website. When you feel drawn to someone particularly, I’m sure they won’t mind you asking them what results they got from working with me.
Marie-Claire, based on everything I’ve read and heard about you, I know you’re the one I want to learn from. How do we get started?
Wonderful! I love decisive people and gut decisions. Those are the best ones.
Here is what you do:
let’s explore what’s on your mind and if we’re a good fit.
We’ll take it from there.
If I’m not sure I’m ready to get started, how can I sample your work at low cost to see if it’s the right solutions for me?
If you want to get to know me a bit better before applying for private coaching, simply jumpstart your energy, get inspired with my weekly blog posts and videos. Check out my Youtube channel, connect with me on Facebook and Linkedin. I’m looking forward to welcoming you!