Ms Nienke ten Hoor-Aukema, B.S.

Nienke was born in Leeuwarden in Friesland, The Netherlands. Her passion for food dates from her early childhood, when she grew up with diets and nutritional interventions. Her mother was a splendid cook, but suffering from a liver disease, she had many food restrictions. However, the family ate better than their friends. Nienke graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in the Science of Nutrition and Health in Groningen. In 1975, she finished her studies in Nutrition and Dietetics in The Hague. Her first job took her to the University Hospital in Groningen in the department of internal diseases. A few years later she went to Rwanda where she worked as a dietician. Later on in Ghana, she taught nurses in malnutrition and undernourishment in the University Hospital in Kumasi. Since 1990, after 10 years in Africa, she is with her 4 children back in The Netherlands, where she has started the company in dietetics for out-clinic patients, Bon Appétit Dieticians, with 5 dieticians and different specialists.

Approach: Health is more than the absence of illness. Many of our patients already have an impressive medical record. Food is one of the basic requirements of every person and a diet is intervening in many psychological and social patterns. Before nutritional intervention it is necessary to know about the eating behaviours and lifestyle of the patient in order to develop a personal diet. Nutrition is also a mathematical science; therefore, calculations about personal consumption and individual needs are made according to the disease. Tools are given to help clients take responsibility for their own food intake and to take care of their diet.

Areas of Practice/Specialties: Adults: overweight, (morbid) obesity, weight loss surgery, diabetes type I (insulin dependant) and type II, blood pressure, heart and vessel diseases, cancer, high cholesterol, underweight/ nutritional deficiency, digestion, intestinal diseases: Colitis ulcerosa, Crohn's disease, constipation, celiac (gluten intolerance), kidney, liver, and lung diseases: asthma, COPD, hormonal dysfunction, rheumatism, food during pregnancy and (top)sports nutrition; Children: overweight (Club: Fit Friends), obesity, diabetes type I and II, cancer, underweight/ nutritional deficiency, intestinal diseases: Colitis ulcerosa, Crohn's disease, constipation, celiac (gluten intolerance) and (top) sports nutrition