Hi I’m Anne, I was born in Denmark and I now live in Canada, beautiful British Columbia with my husband and our 2 beautiful teenagers.
My first education was in Hotel and Catering management which I took in Torquay, England. Returning to Denmark, I continued with a four year gourmet chef degree. I am passionate about food and cooking – I love gathering people around a large table to share life, love, wine and delicious food.
I enjoyed my career as a chef and some highlights were cooking for celebrities such as Whitney Huston, Bruce Springsteen, Meryl Streep, Jeromy Irons and bands such as Metallica as well as touring with Leonard Cohen.
Unfortunately, I got asthma from the kitchen fumes and that demanded a change of careers. So cooking gave way to another passion of mine, psychology. I took a Bachelor’s degree in Psychomotoric Therapy followed by 5 years training in Integrated Psychodynamic Therapy. For many years I worked with children of alcoholics, teaching and instructing other group leaders and founded a society for these children.
However, once again, a sickness (Meniere’s disease) brought on a new challenge and on the journey to restore my health I discovered how the combined healing powers of proper food, exercise, emotions and meditation could restore ones body and health. Not only did the attacks of Meniere’s disease fall away, my hereditary high cholesterol was reduced so that for the first time in many years I no longer needed to use medicine.
Continuing to develop on the idea of being healthier through good food, exercise, emotional and mental stability has brought all of my background into play and the concept of “Balanced Living” was formed.
Today I use my professional background and my personal experiences to help others heal and find balance in their lives.
Let your body be your guide and teacher.
Listen mindfully, and find the path to healing.
This blog is about balanced living – all the things that add up to a balance in our lives. I write about the three important aspects of balanced living:
- Emotions:One of the most important and probably most overlooked factors in our overall health is Emotional Well-being. Stress and imbalances wreck havoc on our physical and mental health and overall well-being, often causing us to make unhealthy choices.In this world only the so-called “happy” emotions are welcome. We need to learn to embrace all of what we are, both physically and emotionally, “good” and “bad” emotions. We know that suppressing our emotions creates stress and unhappiness and thereby weakening our body’s immune system. Learning to recognize and embrace all emotions is part of finding your life balance.
- Good food & good eating: Eating good well prepared authentic food – slow food – organic food – home cooked food. Taking time to enjoy food.
- A healthy body: Caring for the body is giving it good food it is also giving it enough rest, relaxation, meditation, exercise, and fun.
Imbalance happens when we suppress ourselves, when we stop listening to ourselves. Imbalance is the body’s healthy way to get our attention
Trained as a gourmet chef in Denmark.
I am an Integrated Dynamic Psychotherapist, educated in Denmark. I have a bachelor’s degree in Psychomotoric therapy.
As a Psychodynamic Psychotherapist, my background is The Object Relations Theory and Modern Psychoanalysis.
I use Intensive Dynamic Short-term Psychotherapy, Gestalt therapy, Client Centered Psychotherapy and Imago Therapy.
Habib Davanloo , Carl Rogers , Harville Hendrix, Karna Bøllingtoft, Inger Engelund Poulsen, Otto Kernberg , Melanie Klein, Sverker Belin , Michael Balint, Clarence Craford, Pearls, A.H. Almas – have taught and inspired me through the years.
In 2007 I finished a 2-year project “Back to Life” which helped children of alcoholics. The project was financed by the Danish Ministry of Social Affairs.
I am the founder of the non-profit organization “Forglemmigej/Forget-me-not.” I have for many years facilitated groups for children of alcoholics and led educational groups for professionals working with children.
I have contributed to the book “Flirt med Livet” by Louise Scheele Elling and Lars Ylander and “Rewrite your life” by Junie Swadron
At the moment I am in the process of publishing my book Julia’s Secret a book for children of alcoholics.
I was living a pretty happy life, busy with kids, family, friends and work. One year after the other went by . Over the years something happened to me it sneaked in on me and I found myself on auto pilot, I was numbed out. I guess, I like so many others, had left “home” in the process and I was feeling more and more detached from myself. I had become overweight, unfit and tired. I was missing that young bubbly, courageous, spunky girl I once was. I just didn’t know how to get her back, so I ignored it, ate some more good food and worked harder to deafen the noise. It took sickness, depression, high cholesterol, 20 kg overweight and a scary dose of Meniere’s disease to finally get my attention, wake me up and see that there was imbalance in my life. I had to do something, but I did not have a clue what to do. I was caught in a trap. There was NO WAY I would go on a diet, there was NO WAY I wanted to be paralyzed with Meniere’s disease. I did not want to up my Lipitor, the cholesterol medication, as the doctor prescribed, just to be able to eat more bacon, it didn’t really make sense to me. I knew things had to change.
A loving friend came to me with two bottles of green smoothies and a book that have changed my life – Green for life by Victoria Boutenko. First I looked at the two bottles with green stuff and thought it looked disgusting, almost like a magic drink from Harry Potter and I was expecting a frog to jump out of it any minute. I hesitated, but took a little sip and to my surprise I LOVED it. I downed one bottle then the next, while I read the entire book in one go. The next morning I went out to buy a blender and that was the beginning of a very green love affair.
By drinking smoothies I started to crave more greens, started to flirt with vegan food and raw food dishes – plant – based food, made from leafy greens, seeds, grains, nuts and fruit. I had that for breakfast, then also for lunch – I felt better. I lost weight, I got more energy and started to run, lost more weight, the depression liftet, Menieres disease went (you can read more about my journey with Meniere’s disease,here) no more scary attacks! I lost 17 kg and my generic cholesterol is normal, without medication!
This does not mean that I am a vegan, a raw foodist, or a vegetarian – I changed my diet from being 80% based on meat, dairy etc /20% fruit and vegetable – to being 80% plant-based /20% meat, dairy etc. I had the balance wrong and my body was suffering because of it. I eat everything, but I make sure to satisfy my nutritional needs with delicious plant-based foods first.
I have been very inspired by New York Times food journalist Mark Bittman – who defined VB6, Vegan before 6 – eating plant-based food all day and having a “normal” meal at night, but still with most focus on greens, vegetables and fruits. We even do – VUF – Vegan until Friday, from time to time.
Things I love
I love nature, spending time in nature is the best way for me to relax, recharge and reconnect with what is true to me. Spending time with my family and friends preferably around a table sharing food, love and laughter. I am into everything that is honest – authentic and from the heart. It goes for everything in life, authentic relationships, authentic and honest conversations is the best I know, the space between us can be sacred. The food we eat, let it be honest and pure. I love books and can never get enough I read 3-4 books at the time 🙂 I love music all kinds of music depending on my mood. I love being in the kitchen creating new recipes or old favorites, I love my morning run, kayaking, cross-country skiing, dancing, swimming, oh yes and horse riding – Icelandic horses, nothing like a good toelt in nature. I love ……….