I’m Maya Lombarts, a Belgian health coach living in Peru, and I'm passionate about natural health and how we can boost our body's energy system and reprogram our brain so we can live our passions with full energy and enthusiasm. Why? In my own journey, I suffered from fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue. My body broke down at the age of 15, and doctors had no idea what to do with me. I couldn't go to school, I couldn't shower without my mom's support, I couldn't walk without a walking cane. I lost many years of my teenage life. The doctors told me: "You just have a small energy bucket and you need to learn how to live with it." I am a stubborn person, and the most hopeful and optimistic person you'll ever meet, so I refused to accept my 'faith' and went looking for solutions. I dove into mindfulness, positive psychology, and anything I could get my hands on to feel better little by little. At 21, I found my answers in Functional Medicine and in the Peruvian lifestyle. I moved to Peru and it completely changed my life and my health. All of the sudden, I could work full-time, dance salsa, have a vibrant social life, work as a singer in bars and hotels, and live without an agenda so I could listen to my body when I needed to. For 10 years, I had been studying and experimenting to slowly but surely improve my digestive issues, my low immunity, my extreme fatigue, my random muscle aches, and my brain fog. I don't want anyone to go through what I've been through, which is exactly why I changed my focus from my own health to the health of others as a health coach. I founded Functional Medicine Brussels together with Gráinne Harbison, Functional Medicine practitioner and naturopath from Ireland. We have some interesting downloadable programs at www.functionalmedicinebrussels.com We live in a world that focuses on labels, categories, diagnoses. The truth is, you don’t need to treat the symptom, but the cause of the symptom. When did your fatigue, your digestive issues, your brain fog, your sleep issues, your allergies start? What triggered it? Functional Medicine helps you go upstream and connect the dots so that you know what’s going on in your body. A crucial part of our approach is to map out your health history, a timeline from birth to now, and find the factors that played a role in your health: stress, malnutrition, environmental toxins, moulds, bacteria and viruses, food sensitivities, poor sleep, no sense of purpose, a sedentary lifestyle, chemicals in food … It’s important to look at the whole picture and have the right people to guide you on this journey. Apart from FMB, I’m running a global community of Healthy High Achievers where I’m guiding driven people to get the full package: a healthy body, a calm mind, and positive energy! Search for ‘Healthy High Achievers’ on Facebook and join the movement! Want to visit me in Cusco, Peru? Very soon we’ll be organizing retreats where you can work on your health, improve your stress management skills, gift yourself a relaxing massage, spend some time in the valley, … And go back home as a Healthy High Achiever! I want you to become super efficient with your energy, to start your day feeling enthusiastic and wide awake, to have a life filled with positive people and challenging projects, and build the life you've always dreamed of.