If the desire is to gain vibrant health & lasting happiness, we ought to look at the whole individual and all of its life.
In a holistic and all-encompassing sense, I work with science based nutrition and intuitional healing. I find that the best approach to help people heal, is often found somewhere at the crossroads of traditional wisdom and modern evaluation, paired with an acute appreciation for each individual's unique set-up of past, present and her or his dreams of the future. With an emphasis on where we are going now, moving forward.
Getting an understanding of what a person needs is sometimes easy and quick, other times it takes a bit more time and exploring. But what is certain, is that when mind and body are in balance, you will thrive. Therefore, establishing a naturally balanced flow is our first goal.
Working together we'd often start at the physical level. Taking a closer look at the little ailments you may experience, for example; the bothersome skin problems, struggle to sleep, migraines, digestive issues, sluggishness, additional weight, joint pain, or brain-fog. All of which may be treated with a cleaner and better targeted food plan, along with a fresh boost of the minerals, vitamins, amino-acids and fatty acids that you may be lacking.
Besides nutritional guidance, meal plans, recipes, grocery shopping lists and all that will help you get in shape or achieve the health goals you have, we will work on defining what true happiness, health and purpose means to you. Together we will be reflecting on how the outside world affects your growth process. We will analyse triggers that make you think, act or feel in ways that aren't productive or healthy. We will explore how your inner world - your emotions, feelings and thoughts - when mastered, can help you awaken to your highest potential.
The way I see it, there are 6 major causes for emotional (and hormonal) imbalance, illness, and disease:
Foods that burden your systems (immune, digestive, endocrine, nervous, lymphatic etc)
Not getting enough quality sleep
Unconscious monkey mind activity
Not following your dharma / your life's purpose / your higher calling
Free radical exposure (chemicals, pesticides, pollution, mold/mould, heavy metals etc)
We cannot avoid all of these at all times. But in order to gain maximum benefit from your healing plan, and life as a whole, it is important to learn how to decrease what's harmful and counterproductive. While thoroughly investigating and enhancing what is nurturing, and what will boost your overall life experience.
My guidance is of most value to people who are serious about real growth. Whether it's a FODMAP diet for IBS or digestive issues that we have decided to put you on, a low-carb weight loss program, an elimination diet to determine the cause of your skin problems, or a dharma/finding your purpose exploration.
To achieve your goals I will provide you with step-by-step manual, with daily guidance and support. But the real key is you. Clear and tangible results will only show if you have:
- An open mind
- A desire to live better
- A willingness to questions yourself
- Faith in your capability and your healing plan
- A commitment to follow through
It may sound easy. And it isn't nearly as hard as you may have thought a life change would be. What we need is clarity, making a commitment, and taking the first step. Then another. And then one more. I'll walk beside you until you're ready to fly on your own.
Stephanie, Munich, Germany
Sometimes an investment in oneself truly pays off. For me the Kick-Start Programme was such a case. I was looking for a way to identify and overcome blockages that kept me from achieving my personal goals, such as my ongoing studies. I also really wanted to start a blog as a creative outlet and eventually also to generate an alternate income stream. I was unhappily working a part-time job to fund my daughter’s private creche. After starting the Kickstart Programme things are changing in a significant way, we got offered a state funded creche, so I was able to resign my job so that I can focus on my studies and setting up my new blog. This also would not have been possible without my husband now finally being able to be fully supportive, probably because I am clearer and firmer about my goals. Taru generously checked in on me regularly offering lots of positive vibes and solutions to issues. After the programme I feel like I get to decide what happens in my life and less like I am only reacting. I feel I am clear about what I want overall and each day. As a result I think I take myself more seriously and I am more focused. I have also experienced myself not react so heavily to incidents that would previously upset me and in general my husband reports that I am calmer and less moody. Due to the menu I am also enjoying my new slimmer body and energy. Post Kickstart, I am still following the morning and evening routines and will definitely be eating more consciously with anti-inflammatory ingredients in mind. Many thanks for all your incredible support Taru. It is good to know the world has one of you.
Jenny, Halmstad, Sweden
I contacted Taru because I wanted to find more time for myself. Find balance in everyday life and listen more inward. I wanted to prioritise and set aside time to find peace within my soul. Taru gave me concrete tools and huge support on all levels to make me succeed. I put myself in focus and gave myself good opportunities to heal, think and analyse. I dared to look into my fears, I began to prioritise differently. And the life wheel which was one of Taru’s exercises clearly showed me that I previously had prioritised in a way that did not benefit neither me nor my family. Now I feel so much better and am calmer and happier. And on top of everything, I'm finally sleeping well again.
Taru's partner, London, UK
My life, how I exist within and how I perceive it, has transformed since meeting, being and growing with Taru. She has helped me open my heart and my mind, while dramatically improving how I see my health and my focus in life. I lost weight, I am stronger and more able, I no longer have any IBS symptoms, and my connection to my body and mind has shifted astronomically. I have a deep understanding and appreciation for the powers that food and attentiveness provides us in shaping our lives, directly as a result of my time with her. The true gift and value that she provides is her perspective on life and her deep passion for getting to the source of things and the things you learn about yourself while taking that journey with her. My digestive system and I are happier than we have ever been and extremely proud to express that joy to the world.
Linda, New York NY, USA
I worked with Taru and completed the 21 day life reboot program. I have been going through a life transformation for the past few years and felt stuck in certain areas of my life. After following Taru on Instagram for some time, I decided she was the right coach to work with because of her honest, thought provoking posts, simple recipes, and inspired living. In the three weeks of her reboot program, you will learn how enjoyable healthy eating can be, how to have better conversations with yourself, and how to live consciously. Taru messages you throughout the day, reminding you of the positive changes to expect in your life and tips to help you stick to the program. No app or website can replace real time, sincere human contact. In addition to simplified, wholesome recipes, she will also provide you with mindfulness practices that will help you clear your mind and find balance in your life. What separates Taru from other health coaches is her passion for healthy living and ability to get to the bottom of all the things getting in your way. Her nurturing but no nonsense guidance will motivate you to finally make all the changes you need to make. Taru has done an incredible job developing a program that can make a noticeable impact in just three short weeks.
Deirdre Kovaci, Branford CT, USA
I have been working with Taru for the last 3 months and I am so excited to continue with her for another few months. I had initially contacted Taru to lose some weight and adopt a healthier lifestyle. From our very first conversation I had no doubt that she was the Coach for me. She asked me plenty of questions, really listened to me and gave me a unique plan that suited me and my lifestyle. Since I've started following Taru's plan, I have seen significant changes, that have not only benefited me, but my children too. I have lost some weight, I have much more energy, and a clear and sharper focus of my priorities. She has truly made an impression on me by making me more aware of how everyday habits and food choices impact our lives. Taru is very knowledgeable, insightful and motivating. I am forever grateful to Taru for her steady guidance on lifestyle changes that will benefit me for the rest of my life. I cannot recommend her highly enough!
Inge Kuse, Antwerp, Belgium
Hello Taru, Some years ago, when you were sailing around the world, I started following your Instagram-account and blog because I had been living on a boat too and I was interested in anyone and anything that had to do with living aboard. At a certain moment your blog posts became more and more about mindful living and healthy eating which appealed to me too. After a while I wasn't interested in the sailing any more but I was waiting for another inspiring post about conscious living and what you did to achieve your goals. Last year in spring I decided to take a break from work for some months and spend that time on a Greek island, just when you were moving to Paros. I used that time to do some research and read anything I could find with tips to make me feel more healthy. I wasn't exactly ill but I have Graves' disease, an auto-immune disease that affects the thyroid, which gave me some side effects like brain fog and a constant feeling of stress because of my heart rate being up all the time. Because of the medication, I took some weight and I didn't feel comfortable in my skin any more. No major unhappiness but I was looking for some natural ways to feel better. That same summer you got your certification as a nutritional health coach and, inspired by your blog posts, I decided to contact you to try to help me. First we had a free Skype-session for you to get to know me and what I wanted of this collaboration, to know more about my lifestyle and my mindset towards healthy eating and a mindful life in general. I expected it would be all about healthy eating but it was so much more! The first thing we tackled was my eating habits: I ate too much bread, pasta, cheese etc. so you sent me a personalized plan with weekly menu's and a shopping list. I had to omit gluten, dairy, sugar and meat from my diet and the two first weeks all I could think about was food: with everything I bought or ordered I had to think about the ingredients but after two weeks I was used to it. And I felt so much better! It wasn't about the weight I had lost after four weeks (which was nice too) but I felt more clear and I could concentrate a lot better. I was very focused on the food bit so with every Skype session I expected we were going to talk about my improvements concerning cooking and food but every time you came up with some more ways to improve my life and health and once I got my head around the plant-based diet, I could give some more attention to exercising, meditation and making mindful choices in other areas of my life. We talked about every aspect of life: love, friendship, creativity, exercise, food... Although I unconsciously knew what was good for my health and well being in general, I couldn't have done all this without your knowledge, support and compassion. The personalized diet was the easiest bit, the exercising was a bit harder for me, but the most important thing I learned from you is how to take some time for myself and contemplate if I'm going in the right direction for achieving my goals, even if I'm busy at work and I think I really don't have the time. We took a break now and I'm trying to do it on my own but I'll contact you again later this year after your baby is born, to do some fine-tuning.
Forever grateful for your time, compassion, knowledge and caring. Also for the useful information you sent me even after you stopped coaching me!
Louis Niemeyer, Miami, USA
Taru, I want to give you a big thank you for the great hospitality and great food you made for the yoga retreat in Paros, Greece. It was absolutely delicious. I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to attend the retreat and to get to know you and all the people who attended. It was a most wonderful experience and hope I have a similar opportunity in the future. I would highly recommend anyone interested in staying at your B&B do so and to attend a retreat. I feel honored to have had this opportunity. I wish you the very best and again thank you very much.
Christina Sinopli Pappas, London, UK
Last summer we visited an amazing Greek island. Paros Island. Looking for accommodation we were happily surprised to find Taru’s place. But even more excited with her warm welcome and her professionalism. Her relaxed balanced sweet idiosyncrasy was infused in us and we enjoyed relaxing holidays. Every morning we had breakfast prepared by her. She had chosen to lay the beautiful breakfast table on the pleasant gardens under the shade of a tree. Fresh juices, amazing omelettes topped with vegetables and herbs grown on the very same garden, freshly brewed coffee, bread, marmalades and many more. Everyone was pleased, and gave us a good start to our day. Simple pleasures that we just forget how important are for our happiness. Thank you Taru for being such an inspiring warm and pleasing host. Hope to see you again soon.