I’m Christina Kempeneer and I live in Antwerp with my dog, Lucy.
I helped companies with their marketing and communications for over ten years. Now, I'm helping people live healthier and happier lives.
How I became fascinated by health
I've struggled with my health, both physical and mental. So I understand the impact health has on our overall happiness and quality of life.
In my mid-20s, I had a myriad of health problems that I refused to believe was caused by stress. Spoiler alert, they were. Thanks to my stubbornness, I was headed for debilitating panic attacks, burnout and depression. My body had to literally shut down for me to start listening to it.
That's when I realised how everything was connected and I wanted to understand how our bodies and minds work. So I took an evening class called Humans that covered both anatomy and psychology. I was fascinated by the intelligent and intricate machines our bodies are and how important it is to maintain our machines. I also wanted to help people avoid all the shit I had been through. That led me to a health coaching course and here we are.
I love being able to help people make the changes they need to be healthier and happier. Because what is more important in life?!
My goal as a health coach is to help people understand how our bodies and minds work and help them achieve better health and happiness. I believe good health is supported by four pillars: nutrition, exercise, mental wellbeing and sleep. I also know from experience that changing behaviour is hard work. That's why I emphasise the importance of habits, routines and motivation.
There are many different interpretations of coaching. How I see it is that I’m a guide that can take you from where you are to where you want to be. I believe that we are all unique and we all know what's best for ourselves. That's why I don't just give general advice. I'll give you the knowledge and tools you need to make informed decisions and ask questions to help you find the answers within.
In case you were wondering, these are some of the courses I've followed so far.
Humans: Anatomy and Psychology
Syntra, 2014 - 2015
Syntra, 2015 - 2017
Nutrition & Health
Wageningen University, 2017
Stress & Burnout Coach