«Hi, my name is René and this is my story»
I was born and raised in beautiful Switzerland,the land of raw milk, yummy chocolate and meticulous precision.
And life was great
For decades I followed a lifestyle of what was supposed to be healthy: doing sports regularly, ate raw veggies and not meat, hat lots of fruit, chose low fat yogurt and salad dressing, and loaded up on 'heart healthy' whole grains.
Until something went terribly wrong!
In spite of my supposedly healthy choices, I developed an uncontrollable sugar addiction, became insulin resistant (a precursor to type II diabetes) - and then on a random winter's day suffered a cardiac arrest. I almost died on January 24, 2008.
I was getting frustrated
My doctors refused to speculate about the root causes. The standard medical community had no answers for me. “Bad luck” was their conclusion in layman’s terms. They had me rested for a while, then encouraged me to go on as before.
It did not work. I was tired, worn out and empty at the slightest effort. I felt like I was running on empty ALL THE TIME! In addition, I also began to lose control over my weight.
I was frustrated, angry, desperate. I was determined to get better, but I didn’t know where to turn. Since conventional wisdom on health had led me there, I realized that conventional wisdom would not get me out!
And I didn't get it right at all
I started reading piles of books on nutrition and health. While the information opened my eyes, and was even revolutionary, this still led to frustration. Why?
The testimonials in those books always tell stories about some incredible transformations. But I personally NEVER got such "brochure" experience - despite following recommendations to the point.
I assumed that somehow I didn't do it right and thought there was something wrong with me.
Unfortunately, all these famous authors and experts weren’t available to personally coach me through all the troubleshooting that’s unique to every person’s needs.
I felt left alone and had more questions than answers.
So I completely changed my life
In order to solve my problem I decided to become an expert myself. I quit everything I had going on and went back to school to study nutrition and health myself.
I became a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner (NTP) through the Nutritional Therapy Association. I got certified by the National Academy of Sports Medicine, received a diploma in Nutritional Balancing Science from the Westbrook University, and successfully went through the Kalish Method mentorship program in functional medicine by the renowned Dr. Daniel Kalish.
Also, I was personally trained by Don Sing, the renowned expert in the clinical application of blood chemical screenings, as well as by Dr. Abbas Qutab in the nutritional analysis of blood chemistry patterns.
Until it finally happened
Finally. Not only had all the pieces fallen into place. I finally found the answers I was looking for. And knowing how to put it all together and apply it to myself changed my life.
Today, I again maintain a very active lifestyle and have found my true calling:
To personally help others who are struggling just like I was,
and desperately need answers so they too can get the body and life they want.
That's why I specialize in one-on-one coaching (and not in writing books).
A different approach!
You don't need to suffer in the same way I did. While I strongly encourage you to read books and educate yourself, you don't need to go through years of frustration and spend ten thousands of dollars on getting multiple-certified like me.
We will figure out what keeps you from getting results - and have you back on track to getting lean and fit, even after 40.
Let's do this. Together.
Bonus 1 - Putting it all on the table
My detailed journey back to health, vitality and getting fit over 40
- 2009 - my heart again
- 2010 - time to start
- 2011 - My organic craze
- 2012 - Gluten the enemy?
- 2013 - the wahls protocol
- 2014 - my keto failure
- 2015 - $#?@! the relapse
- 2016 - I'm BACK
Heart problems again
When tested again, there were still signs of heart irregularities what freaked me out. In addition, I did not seem to win the battle over my sugar cravings, which I knew played a major role in my health decline.
I tried ‘healthier eating'
I had to take control of my health myself! I thought eating somewhat more vegetables and cut back on pasta and packaged cereals will surely suffice. I even switched to decaf Starbucks lattes. I ate an additional fruit here and there and definitely had more salads.
Result: no progress at all
In early 2011 I started to buy organic foods only - or at least as often as I could
Then I tried to improve my condition by spending a lot of money for organic food.
I tried to shop and cook according to the principles, taught by Weston A:
I learned how to sprout, ordered my own hand-mill to make homemade breads from spelt and rye berries, and went out of my way to buy raw milk.
My visiting friends had to bring me jars after jars of raw honey from Switzerland. In addition I took a ton of vitamin and mineral supplements.
Result: still no improvement despite my best efforts! It was extremely frustrating.
Later that year I found vegetable juicing
After I read the book by Dr. Gerson, I started a phase of having freshly squeezed vegetable juices day in and day out.
Result: nothing. After a few weeks I could not stand the juices anymore
I started to eat gluten-free
I somehow stumbled upon Robb Wolf’s podcast and his arguments motivated me to do a self-experiment and go gluten-free. I replaced conventional bread and pastry with gluten-free bread and rice pasta.
However, I experienced my first significant success. After 4 weeks I finally felt better and had some of my energy back.
Results: I had more energy throughout the day and felt less puffy in the morning
Now I fully committed to the Paleo diet and had my blood taken for a comprehensive analysis.
After avoiding dairy and almost all grains, things improved quickly: I started to eat as suggested by Dr. Terry Wahls, eating plenty of vegetables, animal protein and healthy fats. In addition I took natural supplements to correct nutritional deficiencies revealed by the lab test.
Result: My sugar addiction seemed to become a thing of the past and I felt much more energetic! I was very motivated.
Going low carb and then even ketogenic
I was hooked. Now I wanted to reach the sky by using food as a tool. The next step after going paleo was to greatly reduce my carb consumption and replace them with butter, olive oil and coconut fat in liberal amounts.
After seeing great results, I even went into nutritional ketosis. I aimed for blood ketone levels between 1 and 3 mmol/L. While I loved being liberated from 'having to plan my meals in advance' because I had constant energy all day long even without eating, I never reached my best. At least, that's what my gut feeling kept telling me.
Kiefer's Carb Nite
After 6 months of following a strict ketogenic diet, I threw carb cycling into the game. Being low-carb with temporary carb refeeds as suggested in John Kiefer’s 'Carb Nite Solution' lead to my biggest breakthroughs since I managed to snowboard down a hill without falling (which happened almost 30 years ago)!
Results: insulin and blood sugar levels went back to normal. Highly improved cardiac function. Much better breathing capacity. Body fat of less than 10%. Greatly increased performance, much faster recovery.
My relapse and my shame
Find out about my most current defeat by my sugar addiction in the blog post “Confessions of an uncontrolled eater“.
Coming back stronger than ever
By chance, I found an audiobook on audible.com, which finally gave me the decisive clue why I kept relapsing with my binge eating:
The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg.
He explains the 3 different stages of an addiction:
1. Unhealthy routine – knowledge and some discipline are all that is necessary to correct a bad habit at this stage.
2. Physical addiction – Once the withdrawal from the chemical is done successfully, the substance loses its attraction.
3. True addiction – Emotional events are the real triggers that lead to the self-destructive behavior. The ‘drug’ itself acts rarely as the actual trigger. A typical characteristic of a “true addiction” is that one relapses even after prolonged clean phases after a withdrawel. This indicates that the underlying triggers remain unaddressed.
Such emotional triggers are the reason why I suffered from binge relapses even after months of eating clean. My personal igniter is whenever I feel ruled by outside forces and can’t execute my perfectly coordinated plans. The addictive behavior usually comes to the surface after days or even weeks. This gap in time made it impossible for me to see this crucial connection myself.
To know these personal triggers was the key to breaking the power of my addiction over the long run.
Result: no major relapses for over 8 months and ongoing.
Bonus 2 and 3
How the body works: It's actually not that complicated
Health explained simply. Even your child can understand.
I have nothing to hide -
Just in case you are interested, I share all of my 7-year self experiments in detail.
Be warned: I tried a looot of stuff. However, I guarantee that you will find some unique insights and gems that you can use for yourself. Promised!