Modern vs. Ancient Grains

What is the difference between the modern and ancient grains?


There is a big difference between the modern and ancient grains on the planet. After World War 2 there was a change in the way the seeds were manufactured for wheat production. The government gave subsidies to farmers in order to hybridize wheat. The reason behind this was to meet the need for the increased supply and demand for the growing world population.


The definition of hybridization is:

“Hybrid Wheat is a cross between two, carefully selected, pure lines. Each hybrid variety, therefore, has genes from both parent varieties.”


“HYBRID WHEAT.” Cropco, 25 May 2017,


According to Larry Law, “Most of today’s wheat is a product of ‘ultra-hybridization’.
Furthermore, he adds, ‘Here’s the million-dollar question; do you know anyone who’s allergic to gluten today?… Wheat is mostly carbohydrate, with only 10 to 15% being protein. But 80% of that protein is gluten.”


Law, Larry. There’s an Elephant in the Room Exposing Hidden Truths in the Science of Health. Angies Option, Inc. GRM, 2017.


Therefore, the consequence has been significant for our bodies. Most of us have difficulties in digesting this new strain of wheat as it is unrecognizable to our systems. This has a big impact on our digestive system and the way we can absorb and digest the modern grain. This can cause an inflammatory effect for many people in the lining of the gut which over time can lead to leaky gut and bowel issues. As a Health and Wellness Coach, it is important to be able to help your clients with the well-being of their gut, as ‘the gut’ has a major impact on our immune system and how well it functions. Health and Wellness Coaches will take a holistic view of digestion and help clients with lifestyle changes that can impact their digestion and well-being.

Digestive Health

Why is our Digestive Health so important for our overall Health and Wellness?


The health of our gut affects 70 percent of our overall immune system function and is really the foundation of our health.

Digestion has both an emotional and a physical component and our digestive system is our emotional processing center. How we take in life is how we take in everything, including food itself.

Food or the lack of it has a direct effect on the health of our cells. They are literally built by the food we choose to eat and our being able to digest food and absorb the nutrition has become a major challenge during these turbulent times of change. Join us to learn how your digestive system is affecting you on all levels; mind, body, and spirit. Learn about the microbiome (gut bacteria) and their importance for your health and happiness. In our Health and Wellness Course, we look at all levels of gut health and wellbeing. Join us and become a Holistic Health and Wellness Coach and help bring this important knowledge and change around the world.



What is consciousness and why is understanding Consciousness affecting your wellbeing?

Understanding Consciousness is a challenging task and is perhaps one of our main quests here on planet earth. Perhaps not only to define it but to actually to learn to appreciate the complexity of it as we are evolving and growing in our understanding of who we are and why we are here?  As humans, we want to understand why we behave the way we do and how our very own consciousness affects our fulfillment, happiness, and unique experiences.

The definition from the dictionary is,

“the state of being conscious: awareness of one’s

own existence, sensations, thoughts, surroundings, etc.”


To be fully aware of our own existence and all aspects of our life is dependent on our readiness to self-reflect and learn about ourselves. We must understand that we are existing on all levels of body, mind, and spirit and that we can become conscious of all of these levels of ourselves.  As we become more aware we can learn to become the observer of our thoughts and emotions. We start to see the connections between how we think and how we feel and what we become. Through this process of self- reflecting we can actually make the decision to take responsibility for our thoughts and emotions as we start to see the relationship between our thoughts, emotions and our life stories.


Who am I am and why do we need a Wellness Revolution?

Who am I am and why do we need a Wellness Revolution?


I am Cathleen Beerkens and I have always had a heart for humanity. When I was working in the fields of nursing and education I was confronted with the reality and consequences of the imbalances and illnesses people were facing daily on many levels; mind, body, and spirit. During this time, I discovered that my true passion was to help people discover who they really are and to realize for themselves what Health and Wellness really means for them. I have come to understand that it means something very different for each individual and through the years I have grown my understanding of many aspects of Health and Wellness and come to appreciate the complexity of these issues.


Many of these issues remain the same today and people still have a hard time accepting reality. For example; the alterations in the food we eat has for most people created nutritional deficiencies that they are not even aware of. They do not realize that the very foundation of our food has been altered and their cellular health has been compromised and is not functioning optimally. Numerous people are completely disconnected on many levels with themselves, which in turn is affecting their consciousness on all levels of their existence and in how their own bodies are functioning on a daily basis.


Is it normal to feel tired and have chronic headaches? Is it normal to have brain fog, have difficulty concentrating and to have so many digestive issues? We need to look at this reality and ask ourselves, “Could we be doing better?”How can we live out our full potential when we are not feeling well and fully alive?


At the same time, our consciousness is shifting on planet earth. We are slowly waking up to the reality that on all levels we create our lives. Therefore, does this mean that on some level we have allowed this lack of nutrition and therefore allowed this lack of cellular wellbeing to affect our lives?


In our Health and Wellness Coaching Course we look to the new sciences of Epigenetics and Glycobiology to help us answer these questions. Join us on our journey to discover and explore what it means to live a life of thriving and not just surviving. Spend time learning what helping people in this new time on the planet looks like and learn why holistic Health and Wellness Coaching is so important for the transition and shift in consciousness we are experiencing. It is a very exciting time to be alive and becoming healthy and well is at the core to our success in this.



Cathleen Beerkens, Founder

Fuel vs. Structural Sugars

What is the difference between Fuel vs. Structural Sugars?


Fuel sugars like sucrose and starches form carbohydrates get broken down for energy. However, did you know that there are other sugars in our food that are used to build the outside cellular structure?


These sugars are called glycans and they are responsible for your cells being able to communicate with one another. How important is cellular communication? When the cells communicate well, the body is able to send and receive the right signals, that help the body function properly. When the body does not communicate well these signals can be misunderstood and this can lead to many biological problems and imbalances.


In order to really understand food and its impact on our system, Health and Wellness Coaches need to understand what the new sciences are telling us about how our cells should function.


A Wellness Revolution

Why We Need Health & Wellness Coaches

Why is Health and Wellness Coaching important in these modern times?


We are in the information age; this shift and acceleration is changing our everyday lives as we presently know them. Within a very short time, robots will be taking over many of the job’s humans are doing now. What will be the consequence for us on planet earth?


This rapid change will inevitably come and on one hand, will bring excitement and more freedom while on the other hand chaos and transition leading to uncertainty.


As the old systems break down and the new systems are being created, people are in need of re-inventing not only the systems that served them but even more fundamental to the process of change, they must re-invent themselves; the way they think, feel and behave.


According to Neuroscientist being able to break a habit is about re-wiring your brain.  Health and Wellness Coaches will be a critical part in helping people make these changes and adapting to the most amazing time on this planet.


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A Wellness Revolution’s Intro Webinars

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Thursday, September 6th 2018


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We hope you can make it & look forward to introducing the course.


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Chocolate Coffee Doughnuts – Recipe By HealthyLittleVittles


Chocolate Coffee Doughnuts


One & a Half Cups of Gluten-Free Flour
One & a Half Tablespoons of Baking Powder
One Egg
A Pinch of Salt
Two tablespoons of Pure Vanilla Extract
A Quarter Cup of Melted Coconut Oil
One Cup of Chocolate Coffee
A Third Cup of Brown Sugar

For The Icing:

Two Cups of Powdered Sugar
A Half Cup of  Butter
One Half tablespoon of Pure Vanilla
One Half Tablespoon  of Cinnamon
Three-Quarter tablespoon of Pitaya Powder



1. Put on your oven at 450 degrees

2. Heat up your edamame and pour it into a bowl

3. Add the spices to the edamame bowl and mix

4. Bake these for fifteen to twenty minutes

5. Place the kale leaves in a bowl and add the sesame oil, lemon juice, ginger, curry powder and some salt

6. Massage your kale until the leaves are soft

7. Grate your cabbage and carrots, and add them into the mixing bowl

8. Cut your cucumber into small slices

9. Add the edamame to your salad

Sitting down with Karin Sauren

From orthomolecular medicine, to bioresonance therapy, Karin Sauren went on a quest to find greater health and wellness for herself as well as her son, Wesley, who was born with Down Syndrome 10 years ago. Here she reveals which methods were most effective during her journey and where she and Wesley stand today. Karin also founded her own practice, Food Wisdom.

How did you get involved with A Wellness Revolution?

My son, Wesley, was born with Down Syndrome 10 years ago. I will admit that it was a difficult adjustment at first. I knew intuitively, for example, that I wanted to breast feed him but it took him almost 4 weeks to learn how to do so. It then took him another 30 – 40 mins to remember how at each subsequent feeding, so you can imagine, I was feeding him ‘round the clock’. He was also waking up at least 3 times a night so after 2 years of trying to combine work (4 days a week) and caring for Wesley with this intense schedule, I decided that I needed to stop working.

At one point, the Down’s Association asked me whether I would consider becoming more involved in just organising events for them but I wanted to help in a way that had more meaning for me so I came up with the following plan. I noticed that they got all their food (like snacks, sweets and drinks) from the supermarket and the selections they made had become an increasing concern to me so I offered to go to the Eko Plaza and see if they would be willing to subsidise an event with healthier alternative snacks that were gluten and sugar free, for example. So I approached the Eko Plaza and told them about my son (and the Down’s Association) and they agreed to do it, which was wonderful – but they asked for something in return; and that something was an interview with Wesley and myself for their magazine.

A member of A Wellness Revolution (Elle Dawson) saw and read the article and she contacted me, asking whether I had ever heard of glycobiology or glyconutrients. I hadn’t and she recommended a book (“A Gift Called Michelle”) that outlined an inspiring account of a 9 year old girl with Down’s and her transformation towards better health after adding glyconutrients to her diet on a regular basis. It was a wonderful story and it got my attention.

What marked the biggest change for you and Wesley?

I was in the Eko Plaza and came across a book by Richard de Leth, Oersterk. He’s an orthomolecular therapist and a psycho-neuro-immunologist but he started his career as a regular traditional doctor. His book included a more holistic approach to food and nutrition and he went on to recommend the benefits of following a Paleo Diet. I had already removed sugar from my diet by this time, so I proceeded to eliminate all grains and diary for a week and was amazed to find that my eczema of 20 years began to heal! It was at this point that I asked myself, what could this do for Wesley?

Wesley loved to eat and so my starting point was trying to find a grain free version of his 2 favourite foods – pancakes and bread with cheese. I began replacing just these two items initially with grain free versions, which worked very well.

So where did the Bioresonance therapies come in?

I experienced some wonderful benefits from following a Paleo diet and when I began developing a few rather severe allergies, I decided to pursue an alternative avenue towards healing rather than the conventional route (that would always be there). I came across bioresonace therapy and decided to give it a try. I had several treatments and supplemented them further by trying Nambudripad’s Allergy Elimination Test (NAET) as well. I had a complete ‘reset’ of my body done and continued to have NAET treatments for many months. I had all sorts of simple allergies from chicken and eggs, to all oils… the list went on and they were essentially all healthy food items but still… everything had to be ‘reset’ and I had to be treated for them all.

What did you learn from all this?

What I learned from all this was the realisation that there isn’t one thing that can fix everybody or everything. It’s not just following a Paleo diet or taking supplements or doing bioresonance… It’s an ongoing search. What works for one person may not work for another – it’s all very individual and subjective.

Whenever I went back for a treatment, for example, something was out of balance again. I would have about 20 different systems that were out of balance and my HPA axis was always activated, which I didn’t understand because that implied my stress levels were high but I didn’t work, I only took classes that I enjoyed so it was puzzling to me.

Then I began taking the glyconutrients (or sugars) and after several months I went back as usual and the guy said, what are you taking because this is the first time in 3 years that you are in complete balance – and I don’t want to see you anymore..! And I could feel it too – the restlessness was gone.

How much of the nutrients were you taking then?

I began taking small amounts and gradually began increasing the amount up to 2 spoons a day, which is what I’m still on today.

I also started to give the glyconutrients to Wesley, although it’s difficult to say exactly how it affected him as he had already been making improvements through the dietary changes we had introduced.

It’s been a year now and we recently had an evaluation at Wesley’s school and the teacher was just comparing January 2017 to January 2018 and she was amazed at how much Wesley had improved – in all areas; speaking, interaction with the class, listening to the teacher and independent working and writing.

Similarly, we saw the paediatrician and physiotherapist, both of whom keep records on Wesley’s progress, and they too were amazed. The ‘gross motor skills’ (grove motoriek) of Down Syndrome children has a tendency to plateau at around 9 years of age but Wesley is still able to learn new things and he turned 10 years old last November! These motor skills involve the larger muscle groups of the arms and legs (running, cycling and swimming, for example). He also hasn’t been sick this past year – no ear infections or pneumonia..!

Is there anything else you would like to add?

I would like to stress the importance of education. I was initially far less interested in attending the LifeStyle Choices class (offered by A Wellness Revolution), for example, because I was convinced that I knew it all already because of the various courses I had taken. But it turned out to be far more interesting for me than I thought because it highlighted the emotional link that exists within the body and how those blocked emotions can express themselves physically – my learning, thus far, had focused fairly exclusively on the scientific side of things so this was a welcome ‘eye- opener’ for me.

For further information on the classes offered by A Wellness Revolution, click here.


Intermittent Fasting – what’s all the fuss about?

Most of us have heard of ‘Intermittent Fasting’ but many of us are perhaps wondering ‘what’s all the fuss about’..? What does it even mean?

I wanted to take a closer look at this relatively ‘new’ trend and decided to give it a go myself. I was keen to see if it would have any effect on some of the hormonal changes I’ve been experiencing during this delightful 50+ phase of my life. I have only been at it a week or so but it has been a rather fun experiment – although I am jumping ahead of myself. Let’s start at the beginning; what is Intermittent fasting?

IF is more of a ‘pattern of eating than an actual diet’ [1]. Its foundations lie in the proven principle that organised, deliberate and regular fasting actually leads to several health benefits, which include:

  • Regulating blood sugar levels (keeping insulin more under control) [2]
  • Helps reverse type 2 diabetes [2]
  • Improves concentration, focus and mental clarity [2]
Helps with weight, fat burning and fat loss [2]
  • Increases energy levels [2]
  • Helps to reduce inflammation [2]
  • Helps increase growth hormone [2]
  • Can slow the ageing process [3]
  • Can help prevent heart disease [3]

This all sounds pretty amazing doesn’t it? Well, it certainly caught my attention, which is why I thought I’d give it a go. My first step was to ascertain how long I needed to fast for exactly?

I discovered that there are many different types of fasts. The most typical are those that involve fasting for less than 24 hours (needless to say, this is the one I chose..!). It means having an ‘eating window’ [4] of several hours and you do not eat any food outside of those hours. For example, the most common form of intermittent fasting is having an ‘eating window’ of 8 hours in the day and fasting the remaining 16 hours. This means that a person can eat between 11.00 – 19.00 or 13.00 – 21.00 and only drink water, tea or coffee (black) outside of those times. Another form is the 20/4 scenario, which involves fasting for 20 hours and having an eating window of just 4 hours. This may not be everyone’s cup of tea, so to speak but IF is inherently flexible because you can tailor make the hours to suit your own lifestyle, wants and needs. In other words, intermittent fasting does not focus on what you eat but when you eat [5].

There are many other intermittent fasting scenarios, of course, [for more information, click here] but apparently the best results come after a minimum fasting time of 16 hours and the most beneficial results are for those who can fast up to 24 hours or longer [6]- although this is less practical or workable for most people. According to P.D. Mangan, the length of the fast has to do with lowering the insulin levels of the body. High insulin can lead to inflammation and diabetes to name just two culprits affecting many people’s well-being today and trying to keep those insulin levels under control is an important aspect of reclaiming our health and keeping it..! For more on the science behind intermittent fasting, click here.

What was my experience?

Admittedly, staying busy seems key. When I had enough to do I rarely thought about it and time passed relatively quickly. Having moments with less to do, however, made the fast more challenging. I tended to focus on it more and recognised the importance of distractions. As for the type of fast, I found that an eating window between 10.00 and 18.00 tended to suit me best but I adjusted that somewhat on days that I knew I was going out for dinner. My birthday even ‘fell’ during my experimental week (typical..!) but I knew fasting was not something I had to do every day, so that helped take the pressure off. I chose to do it on the days that it worked out easily and the other days I simply let it go, which worked rather well.

Furthermore, I continued to exercise very early in the morning (which is my preference and not a prerequisite at all, I hasten to add) and so far this penchant of mine has not been negatively impacted in any way.

I also noticed that when I woke up early, I felt a little less foggy than usual – I am curious to see if this is just a side effect of starting something new or whether it remains an ongoing phenomenon.

Any noticeable benefits this early in the game?

One thing I did observe is how well I slept..! I have not been sleeping very soundly of late (hormonal much?) and realised that this whole undertaking seems to have improved my sleep somehow (despite the fact that this is not even listed as one of the benefits… go figure)! Again, time will tell if this is simply my version of ‘beginners luck’ or a continual benefit I may enjoy for a while to come.

I have decided to try it for a month just to give it a proper chance and see if I notice any real and lasting change. I am curious and rather excited, which may just be two more fun side effects of intermittent fasting..!