Development is part of life. During our lives, we all undergo development. And what we see in others, or tend to see, could already be part of the past.
Development is part of what we are - an integral part of nature, as shown at its finest by the individual physical growth all species undergo, as well as their overall evolution in the history of our planet. Also, development is who we become; unique human beings.
Although our interactions, experiences and decisions shape our lives, we cannot change the nature of what we are. In the end, a human is and will always be a human.
As such I’ve gone through a huge developmental process over the past years: as a person, as a professional and as an entrepreneur. Yet, when looking back into time and evaluating who I’ve become now, it is almost scary to see how much of the core has been preserved at the same time.
I once started this journey, I dreamed about creating impact by helping people who were struggling with their health, because I felt I had answers to their questions. In fact, I felt that these answers were so logical and simple, yet for some reason they seemed hidden from the surface.
I once started this journey, I dreamed about creating impact by helping people who were struggling with their health, because I felt I had answers to their questions. In fact, I felt that these answers were so logical and simple, yet for some reason they seemed hidden from the surface. Hidden behind a veil of difficult language and unintentional scientific superiority perhaps. Or masked by ‘bigger’ interests than human health, when providing them with food: making money.
Because of this artificial gap, acknowledging the necessity of embracing a healthy lifestyle in the most authentic way possible was something rather vague and far, far away for the every day man.
My initial goal was to bridge that gap between science and practice in a most “human-way” possible: just by talking to people, guiding them through their challenges and showing them how to master the craft of living a healthy and happy life in a way that is easy and fun, delicious and nutritious.
In recent years, I discovered that, as for me, the science-only way didn’t completely suit me anymore. I felt the need for a broader approach in guiding people. An approach that is not merely numeric, reductionistic and physics-based yet an approach that is also human-centered. An approach that has a much broader appreciation for existing branches of human wisdom. Without discarding what I had become - a doctor in science - I started to embrace parts from social sciences and psychology, anthropology, Traditional Chinese Medicine and explored evolution-in-reverse by asking myself: “How did our ancestors live?”
If you’ve been paying attention, you will see that the cover might show subtle changes every once in a while. Which probably reflects my human explorative mindset. But don’t be mislead though; if you listen carefully, the message at its core has been a very solid and unchanged one, for more than a decade.
Eventually, it’s the human approach that turns living a healthy life into a happy life.
I have arrived at a new era.
This is Part IV.