How to deal with Cancel Culture

A few years ago I fell ill with a burnout/PTSD and suddenly had time on my hands to rethink everything in my life. So I did. My eyes opened to reality and I could not stay silent anymore, so I didn't. I started following my own path, with, as well as transitioning into a complete new life. My newly found voice as a "free thinker" came with some resistance, and I also had an encounter with "cancel culture".

Cancel culture

What is that, that "cancel culture" you might ask? Well I made a whole video about it, and how I deal with it. I encourage you to watch it.

Cancel culture is a movement that attacks a person or business, their families, friends, social & professional relationships with the goal to hurt that person's/business' social and/or professional life, hurt them financially and harass them publicly, just because they do not like what that person/business stands for, or what he/she has said. It is a type of censorship encouraging people to join in the activities, the so-called 'mob', to go after people, with the aim to completely 'cancel' that person or company. I used the example of Goya in the video, you can read more about it here:

READ MORE: The story of Boycott Goya

Cancel cancel culture

Even though I am a positive person, and always weigh my words carefully (because words matter) I decided that I was going to make sure nobody could ever threaten me by taking away my job or good name. Here are some tips that helped me a lot:

  • Become an independent and strong thinker. Do your research. Make sure you work on your mental stability to withstand the negativity that will come your way if you do not follow the mainstream. Being an outsider can be lonely, but it can also make you stronger and give you Peace and focus on the important things in life.
  • Think before you talk or act. Realize what the result can be and prepare accordingly.
  • Research the latest tactics of the cancel culture mob. It changes a bit periodically, so it is important to stay up to date of their behavior.
  • Become financially independent, and/or make sure your employer is supportive of you, so the impact of the mob going after your job and livelyhood is minimized.
  • Always be cordial, nice and do not engage in the cancel culture's mob way of communicating.
  • Be calm, but don't be complacent. Be vigilant and prepared.
  • Stay positive!

I hope you will do just fine with these tips.

Stay strong, and never bow to cancel culture!

Love, Lonneke

AIP Coconut Cream Pie with Blueberries

Since I try to follow the Autoimmune protocol Diet (AIP Diet) as much as possible, I had to discover new recipes. I spent some time looking for recipes that are lactose-free, gluten-free, and free of any other common food allergens. This AIP Coconut Cream Pie is one I made with coconut cream and blueberries, sweet potato flour and more delicious ingredients. My husband likes it too!

AIP Coconut cream pie with Blueberries AIP Diet

On the AIP Diet you eliminate seeds, nuts (except coconuts), grains, rice, milk products, fake sweeteners and certain herbs, fruits and vegetables. This makes it harder to eat any foods that are like bread, crackers, baked goods, desserts or pies. It takes a bit more time to find good recipes, but once you do, it truly makes you enjoy it when a recipe works out on the AIP Diet!

coconut cream pie baked AIP crust
coconut cream pie baked AIP crust

Bakery tools

I used some pretty nice bakery tools for baking this AIP coconut cream pie. This is what I used:

GreenLife Ceramic Bakeware Bundle, Turquoise (the round cake pan)

Smooth Stainless Steel Rolling Pin Pastry and Pizza Baker Roller Metal Kitchen Utensils Best for Fondant, Pie Crust, Cookie Flat Roll to smooth out the dough in the cake pan.

AIP Coconut cream pie with blueberries before putting it in the fridge

Favorite ingredients

These are some of my favorite ingredients I used for this recipe.

Let's Do Organic Creamed Coconut, 7 Ounce Box (Pack of 6)Pacific Foods Organic Coconut Non-Dairy Beverage, Unsweetened Vanilla, 32-Ounce, (Pack of 12)NOW Foods, Beef Gelatin Powder, Natural Thickening Agent, Source of Protein, 1-PoundShiloh Farms Organic Sweet Potato Flour - 12 Ounce BagLet's Do...Organic Coconut Flour, 16 Ounce Pouches (Pack of 6)Love, Lonneke

the coconut cream pie with blueberries after a night in the fridge
the coconut cream pie with blueberries after a night in the fridge


AIP Diet Coconut Cream Pie with Blueberries
A delicious pie perfect for those people following the Autoimmune Protocol Diet (AIP)

Cuisine: AIP Diet
Recipe type: desserts
Serves: 8

Prep time: 
Cook time: 
Total time: 

  • For crust:
  • 2 bananas
  • ¾ cup sweet potato flour
  • ½ cup coconut flour
  • 1 tbsp of honey
  • 1 tbsp of (grass-fed) gelatin powder
  • for baking crust: 2 tbsp of coconut oil
  • For filling:
  • Coconut Cream 7oz (200g)
  • Blueberries 6 oz
  • 2 cups of coconut milk or drink (unsweetened)
  • 1 tbsp honey

  1. Mix all ingredients for crust, except for the coconut oil.
  2. Roll into one big ball. (add coconut milk if it is too dry)
  3. Preheat the oven on 350 degrees.
  4. smear the coconut oil into a cake pan.
  5. Put the ball in the middle and use your fingers to spread it all over the cake pan.
  6. (you can also use a small pizza roller to spread it evenly.)
  7. Bake in the oven for 25 minutes on 350 degrees. (or until crust is done well.)
  8. Take crust out of oven and let cool off.
  9. The filling:
  10. In a pan heat the coconut milk, coconut cream and blueberries for 10 minutes.
  11. Take off the heat and pour into mixer.
  12. Mix until smooth.
  13. Slowly pour the mixture on top of the crust.
  14. Let cool off and put in the fridge.
  15. Eat when completely cooled off and when the pie has become completely solid.
  16. Best is to keep it in the fridge overnight.

You can also make this recipe by replacing blueberries for things like lemon or strawberries.


Organice Your Relationships

Organize Your Relationships was not only founded by me to help others. It also helps me in my daily life. We all need some guidance now and then, and we all need to adjust our lives along the way. This also counts for our relationships, and it is very important to organize your relationships continuously!


Humans are born in a certain family and usually do not have a choice who their parents are and who their siblings are. Sometimes they are a blessing, sometimes they are torture. Remember, the behavior of family members is beyond your control. But once you are a grown-up - or at any other point in your life - you can decide yourself if you want to spend time with them or not.

You decide yourself who you love dearly and who is special to you. It doesn't need to be direct family, but it can be nieces, nephews, far away friends, even animals can feel like family! And I know my dogs are family to me!

My God Child Navy with my previous dog Vito in New York City

READ MORE: A Dog is a party of the family

Balance is the key

Family should not feel like suffocation, but like a nice time. Giving and receiving love, attention and time should be in balance. If you give too much: you will feel drained, but receiving too much at once feels uncomfortable too. Always strive to find that balance in family life.

I made a video about how to deal with the sometimes  dreaded holidays, parties and any other interaction or gathering with your familymembers:


When you decide to have children (or not) you do not know what your child will develop into. You could end up having the best relationships with your children ever, but sometimes your child will have the total opposite character or vision in life. Remember that you must not expect receiving anything back from your children. It is a pure selfless act of bringing children into this World and raising them, and you are just there to nurture and educate your offspring as well as pay for everything and also put them first at all times. For some people they have children to fill a void in their own life. But once they discover that they cannot expect anything from their children they sometimes are disappointed, disgruntled or even worse: blame their children for everything that is wrong with their own life. So avoid this all by expecting little and giving what you have to give and hope for the best. If you are not planning to be totally selfless, maybe not having kids at all is a good idea otherwise both will suffer in the end.

Luckily many families have a great relationships with their children!

Grand children, nieces & nephews

Grand children is like getting a second chance that most people are very happy they get. That's why sometimes grandparents are more fun than your parents! (because they only get the good moments and not the bad moments and high bills!) The same you can say from nieces and nephews: you can be that sugar uncle or aunt who they love but who only gets the good times and usually not the difficult moments of raising a child.

I love my nephews Navy & Milo and my niece Lux!


The one thing that is great about friends is, that you can actually choose your friends! Sometimes we are sucked into draining friendships, but most of the time you can build long-lasting friendships throughout life. My best friends have been in my life for more than 25 years, and even though we sometimes don't see each other for a while, we always have video chat and messaging to stay in contact with each other! Because a good friend does not matter if they see you every day or maybe not even once in a year, but when you do see them, you continue where you left off the last time you saw each other.

 I have known Maruja and Lianne since high school!

Honest friends

Friends are there to pick you up when you are down, and to celebrate during good times. But most of all: friends are honest with you and are not just hanging out because of ulterior motives. Even if you don't like it at that moment, they will tell you their honest opinion if you are making a mistake, for which you will be thankful later on in life once you have come to your senses again ;)


Brainstorming with my entrepreneurial friends Maruja & Joey

READ MORE: The Circle of Five 

Organice Your Life - Circle of FiveLove

It might be a good idea stay single and work on yourself until you find a great match with someone who is worth to spend your life with. Love is give and take, in good times and bad times. It is not always roses and sunshine, but the commitment and Peace you feel once you are in a good relationship are definitely worth it. I see life and love as an every day adventure with my partner. We are making memories together that we will cherish forever and later in life reminisce about.

Dirk, Lonneke and Bane
My husband Dirk and Bane the day we adopted him from Animal Haven!

Your community

You might not realize it, but you can be a pivotal person within your community. Your community always need good people to help others. There are so many ways you can help, that you can find something that you like doing as well! The hardest thing is the first time you reach out because it is something new and unknown and can be scary. But once you have become familiar with your new "family" it will be easy to go there and you will love the impact that you can have in so many people's lives!

READ MORE: How to help the homeless on cold days

Remember this: At the end of your life you can't take anything with you in your grave, but all the wonderful memories you made with wonderful people. Make every day count.

Love, Lonneke


5 reasons to adopt a shelter dog

Many people want to have a dog in their lives. I understand, because they are the most amazing animals, full of love, and they love to be by your side! Many people are swayed by cute puppies, and don't really understand the reality of having a puppy in their home. That's why I am sharing with you my 5 reasons to adopt a shelter dog, and why I prefer a shelter dog over a puppy at a pet shop or breeder.

1. When you buy a puppy, one shelter dog dies

It sounds harsh, but that is the reality. The most amazing dogs are killed or left behind in cold shelters because people don't choose them but instead buy puppies from breeders, or even worse, from people who just want to make money and import the dogs from far away not caring about the health and wellbeing of the mother and puppies. If you buy a puppy (because he or she is "sooo cute"!) you are contributing to the problem and you keep unhealthy practices going. Dogs are being killed everywhere - even in my hometown of NYC - EVERY DAY. I believe that if breeders truly love their breed, they would rescue dogs of their breed, and re-home them (for a fee) until all of the dogs of their breed are out of the shelter, before they breed even more puppies that will add to the problem. 

2. You know exactly what you get when you adopt a shelter dog

A dog in a shelter shows you exactly who he or she is. You can meet them more than once, walk them, play with them to see if your characters match. The character of an older shelter dog has set, and he or she has been assessed by the shelter staff. Even though dogs until very old age can learn new tricks and rules, it is nice to know what your dog prefers or not. When you adopt a shelter dog, you know if the dog is a barker, will chew on your stuff, can be home alone, likes to run or has medical issues. A lot of inbred puppies these days are born with incredible complex medical issues, which most of them don't show up in the first year of the puppy. It's something many people forget. (If you can insure your dog for health costs, that is a good option) When you adopt from a shelter, you know if the dog is housebroken or not. (most of them are in fact!) All these things give you so much more information on how your life is going to be with your dog, than when you buy a puppy whose character and behavior is still a total mystery. It could go well (which all new puppy owners hope for, but is only possible with lots of correct and daily training) or totally wrong giving you a hard time and maybe even forcing you to re-home your dog, which will give you and your dog much heartbreak. It would also result in more dumped dogs in the shelters because they end up not matching the envisioned lifestyle of the owner. Be smart: Adopt a dog that matches your life! 

3. A shelter dog is less expensive to purchase than a purebred puppy

Adopting a shelter dog is very cheap! While a puppy with a breeder will set you back anywhere between 500 and 10.000 dollars, a rescued dog will only cost you between 100 and 500 dollars (senior dogs are much cheaper, and sometimes even for free). You also know if the dog has expensive medical issues, or has had a fairly good life so far and not too expensive in upkeep. For your financial situation is good to know what you are getting yourself into!

4. A rescued shelter dog is so thankful

A shelter dog has been through a rough time, and feel so happy to be with you in a safe home! They show you their thankfulness in almost human like affection. And a rescued shelter dog is just as cute as a puppy... maybe even cuter! No wonder the hashtag #rescuedogsrock and #shelterdogsarethebest are my favorite tags!

5. You become a shelter dog rescue hero 

When you do the right thing for yourself, for your community, and especially for the shleter dog, the feeling you get from that, is much more rewarding than that cute puppy. Everybody can buy a puppy, but not everyone can rescue a dog. It's a much more special achievement.This of course counts for adopting any animal: Cats, rabbits, horses you name it! And when your rescue a shelter dog we will salute you!

So rescue your four-legged friend from a shelter near you. And if you don't want to make a longterm commitment or want to have a trial period, you can always become a Foster Parent. Fostering saves many dogs' lives.

We loved our shelter senior dog Vito so much, he was the best. He passed away after a short illness because of cancer, 3 years after we adopted him as a senior dog from a shelter. Those were the best 3 years! We saved him, but he definitely saved us too. That's what shelter dogs do, they have a certain magic to them. Our current dog Bane was also a shelter dog from Animal Haven in NYC.. he chose us! and he has been with us for more than 3 years already. We feel blessed that we could do something so easy, with such a big impact



5 reasons why juicing is bad for you

Juicing is very hot these days. You read about it everywhere, everybody is drinking (green) juices as they are said to have many health benefits. 

is juicing bad for you?

It is true there are a lot of live enzymes, vitamines, minerals and antioxidants in raw juices juiced using a slow juicer. For a lot of people it is good to drink them on a regular basis. But there are a few things you need to keep in mind when making the decision to start juicing. Because it is better to know these things before you buy an expensive juicer. Next to all the benefits, I give you 5 reasons why juicing is bad for you. This is good to know for every one of you, but especially for people who like me suffer from an autoimmune disease and have weakened immune systems. I suffer from hypothyroidism which means my thyroid is working too slow to manage all the normal systems like digestion, breathing and thinking. I take medication, but I also had to completely change my habit of drinking raw juices. I tell you why I had to stop and why maybe it is affecting you too:

5 reasons why juicing is bad for you

1. Juicing is done with raw vegetables

Many people cut up fruits and vegetables completely, skin and all, and juice it. This means that since the fruits and vegetables are not cooked, they can contain bacteria. Some people who juice raw a lot, have an increased chance in getting a bacterial infection in their gut or stomach. While most people have a strong immune system, and good bacteria in the gut to fight these harmful ones, people who juice all the time, and people with a weakened immune system or a chronic immune disease should be careful. When you have a bacterial infection in your gut, some experience discomfort. But also when you think everything is o.k., you can suddenly experience panic attacks out of nowhere. A healthy gut and stomach is important for a sane mind, as they are linked to one another. So make sure you take in enough good bacteria during the day to balance the bad ones out that you will likely get in your gut at some point during the day. You can do this by taking a daily probiotic, or by eating yoghurt, fermented vegetables or other fermented foods. That's why I prefer to cook my vegetables and choose a warming soup over a juice these days. Also if you juice, always make sure you go for organic veggies and wash them thoroughly. This will give you the least chance of getting harmful toxic chemicals in your juice that are sprayed on (conventional) veggies and fruits to make them grow better and withstand bugs and diseases. You just don't want these toxic chemicals in your juice and in your body.

2. A lot of fruits and vegetables contain sugars

When you juice them, you remove all the fibers which are good for your gut and digestion, but you drink a lot of pieces of fruit/vegetables at once, which means a lot of sugar. This is not great for your teeth obviously, and it can give you a spike in your sugar levels. Not to mention drinking many calories at once, although they are healthier calories.

3. Grapefruit juice acts as a an amplifier to your body

It increases the efficiency of whatever you ingest around the same time you drink grapefruit juice. So some health freaks drink grapefruit juice before a meal, so the nutrients get absorbed better. But this also means it affects medication that you need to take for your health issues, and it especially affects chemotherapy. Grapefruit juice is said to increase the impact of medication and chemotherapy. So discuss with your doctor the medications you are taking and only drink grapefruit juice when you are safe to go, to avoid a medication overdose.

READ MORE: Grapefruit juice

4. Juicing can affect your daily medication

A lot of people swear by fresh lemon juice in the morning on an empty stomach to detox and start the day bright and clear. But if you are like me and suffering from a chronic disease, you don't want to do this in the morning if this is also the time you take in your daily medication. It does affect the way your body absorbs the medication if you drink certain raw (citrus) juices around the same time as when you take your medication.

5. Juicing can negatively impact chronic diseases

f you suffer from a disease like myself, you also need to rethink eating or drinking raw foods. Many green juices contain kale and/or spinach, and raw kale and raw spinach are said to be slowing down the thyroid due to the presence of "goitrin" which is said to interfere with the normal thyroid function. So if you already have as slow working thyroid, you might want to avoid raw kale, spinach and other raw cruciferous vegetables including cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower and more.

I am sure you never thought about juicing this way right? Now you do. :)

READ MORE: That time I did a 1-day juice cleanse

Basically, if you suffer from a disease, I suggest you discuss your diet with your doctor, and research more online about juicing, and certain foods in general, and how they affect your health. Even small intakes of certain raw foods can affect your health. 

Love, Lonneke

First published on February 25th 2015, updated in 2020

red heart with hands

5 tips for a Good Heart

Everyone wants to do something Good for others once a while. You can give money to a charitable cause, or volunteer to show your "good heart". You can just give away things you don't need to others who can use it very well. There are so many things, big and small, easy or difficult, you can do for others. Doing good for others feels good!

About Organice Your Good Heart:

Good Heart definition

My 5 tips to do good for others:

  1. Take care of yourself first. If you are strong & healthy, you have the best chance to succeed to help others. (Example: when an airplane is in trouble, you first put on the oxygen mask yourself and then help other passengers.)
  2.  Choose your focus. Choose your charity. What is the most important to you right now? Even if you want to, you can't save the World and everyone on it. If everyone focuses on their own subject of passion, there will be more results possible faster and without too much waste of time and money.
  3.  Find out what you can share or give. If you have a lot of money, you can give money. If you don't have money but you have time, you can volunteer. If you don't have any of those, you can share knowledge or connections. You can maybe share products or services. Fact is that a lot is valuable. Money or things like knowledge: it is all worth a lot!
  4.  Look around your surroundings and in your group of friends/relationships to see what is needed and what people focus on. Sharing is caring. Together you are stronger.
  5. Organize. The better you are organized (or "organiced"), the more success you will have.

My focus with Organice Your Life is to share knowledge and information. Besides that I love animals so I focus on charities that care for animals. Because Gandhi said it well:

Gandhi quote animals

What I support

I support most of all the Charities in my heart, while my focus is to support to a few local NYC charities.  My unwanted clothes ,household products and groceries I bring to friends, and local people who don't have much to spend. It feels good :)

What do you focus on?

Love, Lonneke

Lonneke Talks I'M Back Youtube video

Lonneke Talks: I'm Back!

I have decided to start making videos again! I will post them on my Youtube channel. Hopefully people will enjoy them and if my information can help a few people, that would be great!

Why I stopped filming for a while

I took a break for a while due to things that happened in my life the past years. I was forced to spend my time focusing on other things. I will address these one by one in the future. I think if I share my story of what happened to me it can help others in the process. I will do the videos in English or Dutch depending on the subject. I do a lot of research for each video, so you can call them "journalistic" pieces if you want to.

Topics of my Lonneke Talks Youtube videos will include:

  • Healthy Living
  • Animal Welfare
  • My life in NYC
  • Living in the USA under President Trump
  • Things happening in the country I was born and raised: the Netherlands

I finished 100 daily consecutive livestreams during the NYC Lockdown!

Check out my day 100:

You can watch old videos and see what I have been working on selflessly the past years, because I felt strongly about these causes. After 20 years of working as model around the World, I took a sabbatical 7(!) years to focus on my health, and give back to my community and work on causes that I love. In my process of healing from a severe stress disorder (PTSD/Burnout/autoimmune disease) and other health issues over these past years I decided together with my therapist that I would spend time on causes that made me happy and did not stress me out. I was not able to take on work, but little projects that I could do whenever I felt good enough, would be the best use of my precious time, and only if I had a good day. So I did :)

These projects included:


Giving people tips on healthy and organized living. I noticed a lot of healthy people sharing information online to stay healthy and live an organized life, but what happens if you fall ill like I did? Not many people who are living with a chronic illness or auto immune disease are open about it or share insights on how to get back to health and stay healthy. In the USA alone it is estimated that 50 million people suffer from one or more autoimmune diseases, so it is important that we help each other to feel our best! And it took me 7 (!) years to start feeling a bit normal again, still with some bad days now and then. It is all about managing my health every second of the day. And stress is definitely a big factor so I do everything to avoid it as much as possible as it is bad for my health! Unfortunately sometimes the stress comes from other people and you need to find ways to deal with it so it does not break you.

I share my tips and tricks on this website!

READ MORE: Organize Your Life: Make your House your Home

READ MORE: Managing your High Performance Life

Videos for

The past I did a few videos about healthy living in NYC for my website I liked to go to the farmers market, filmed a few recipes and interviewed a few inspiring people as I like having a good conversation with interesting individuals. You can watch all videos on my youtube channel GetOrganiced


Advising on laws regarding breed specific legislation in the Netherlands

Animal Welfare: We traveled to the Netherlands because we received an invitation of a dutch representative of the House, and met Dutch minister Schouten who was responsible for Laws regarding dogs in the Netherlands. There was a strong lobby to install a ban on certain breeds and having an American Staffordshire Terrier named Bane myself who is a trained service dog and who saved 2 lives so far, I wanted to introduce them to him so they know who they are targeting. I have experience with Pitbull type dogs and rehabilitating them, and have done extensive research on these bans Worldwide . Therefore I know they do not work, and in many cases they work the opposite way: more bite incidents. Because any dog can bite when in the wrong hands. You need to target the cause, not the result. Knowing the devastating deadly and costly effects of Breed Specific Legislation (BSL), I urged her to not install a Law discriminating against certain breeds but install laws that are equal to all breeds and owners. I brought Bane to the Dutch House of Representatives and met different representatives and the minister herself. The best is when people see for themselves what they are dealing with. Of course the people who lobby for the ban ran away from us and did not want to get introduced. Scared little puppies they were!

Result of my efforts to stop BSL in the Netherlands

I am happy to say that despite the lobby for BSL and previous Secretary of State van Dam who wanted to instal BSL, this minister was so smart to request a research, and the report basically supported my findings as well. Instead, Minister Schouten installed laws that are equal to all breeds and she got rid of a list of 21 so called "High risk" breeds. Even though it cost me money, time and energy to be involved and I did not get paid for my advice I feel very accomplished and happy that Bane and I could do our bit to stop this madness in the Netherlands all the way from the USA. But people need to always be vigilant as at the next election another minister will enter the scene.

Below are 2 videos regarding this subject, in dutch. The first one is explaining what was happening, and the second explaining my visit to the house of representatives.


Dutch Politics

I also shared a few videos explaining the political system in the Netherlands. Because I am interested how the system works and how laws are made. I do a lot of research on it and on the judicial system over there and want to explain it to the Americans over here.

Life in America and the election of President Trump

I predicted Donald Trump to become president and made a few videos about his election and his first weeks. I did these videos in dutch to show the people in the Netherlands what is truly happening here as many Mainstream media outlets did not show the Truth. It seems that not much has changed and I might have to do more videos on this subject.

And of course I like to talk about supporting good work by people and charitable organizations! This video is one that is special as I went to visit Animal Haven shelter in my neighborhood. They saved my dog Bane from death row and cared for him for 10 months before I adopted him.

Court case of my abused dressage horse U2

This case has been going on for more than 6 years believe it or not! On May 20th, 2020 we will have to go to Court again in the Netherlands to have this case examined by 3 judges in the Appeal. The issue is that my horses were not treated with respect and care. They were abused. I do not condone any abuse, especially not when you have paid a lot of money for good care and training of your horses. I have found a great place for my horses to retire and spend the rest of their lives in harmony. You will hear more about it all of course!

READ MORE: 10 Charities to Give to this Year

End of my update

That is a little update on the things I have been doing the past years while trying to heal myself and deal with things from the past.


I promise you my videos will be different than any other Youtube channel on Youtube, simply because I am not interested in any of the extreme entertainment, celebrity, and showing off mentality that most of them expose. I want to show real stories, and aim for fair and balanced videos to give you a balanced view so you can form your own opinion. I will also write more in-depth articles for based on these videos.

Hope to see you soon, and subscribe to my Youtube Channel so you get a notification when a new thing comes online!




Put Your Life on a Diet by Gregory Johnson


Put your Life on a Diet by gregory Johnson
Put your Life on a Diet by gregory Johnson

If you want to know what living in 140 square feet is like, read this book!

I read it, and I found that the writer, Gregory Johnson, has a lot of the same ideas as we have at Organice Your Life®, on living an organized life. So that's why I would totally recommend this book! (it is not expensive to buy!)

The Story of Put Your Life on a Diet

Gregory was overweight, unhappy and not in the right place in his life. He started to detox his life and started living in a super small house of 140 square feet. He showers at the gym and only has the basic necessary things in his home (which turns out that you don't need that much really). Now he became more active, lost weight, and feels happier!

He believes that most people just work to be able to pay for their living expenses. They want to live in a big house that comes with costs, not because they really need it, but they want the space and the status. If you live in a smaller house, you have less expenses, less things to take care of, and then either you have more money in the end or you can work less, and then you have more time to spend with loved ones and friends....

It is an inspiring and interesting story. I wouldn't recommend living in 140 square feet, but Gregory does have a point, and you can learn a lot from his journey in finding out what works best for him!

About the author

"Gregory Paul Johnson is the founder and Director of Resources for Life, an outreach and public interest organization based in Iowa City, Iowa. His study of Urban and Regional Planning with the Higher Education Consortium for Urban Affairs (HECUA) included travel to several South American countries including Panama, Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru. Today, as a technology consultant, Gregory works for the University of Iowa as well as clients served by his consulting firm, the Technology Services Resource Group."


Gregory Johnson and fiancee Makur Jain in front of their house

Gregory Johnson and fiancee Makur Jain in front of their house If you want more information on his house, click here. It is actually a really cute house and looks like it comes out of a fairy tale.

To Order Click here -->Put Your Life on a Diet by Gregory Johnson

Love, Lonneke 

First published on January 29th 2013, updated in 2020

Photos by Gregory Johnson

My juice top 5 for hot weather

When the weather is hot, you need to cool down! Below is my juice top 5 for any hot Summer day.


1. Fruit flavored water /ice tea

Add slices of lemon, lime & mint to your cold water with ice cubes. Any other fruit like fresh berries is delicious too! You can also make this an ice tea version by making hot tea and letting it cool off and adding it to the water.

READ MORE: Homemade Iced tea!

2. Coconut water

This is my nr. 1 favorite cooling down drink. It's delicious, but coconut water is also a great sports drink and rehydrates your body like no other drink (the PH values of coconut water are the same as of your blood!)

READ MORE: coconut water 

3. Cucumber juice

Yes try it: juice 2 or 3 cucumbers and cool this drink for an hour. It is so simple and delicious!

4. Water melon juice

This is so good! Also, juice half a melon and you have a delicious, nutritious juice!

Gui Valente (black belt Jiu-Jitsu) loves watermelon juice too!

5. Mint & pear juice cocktail

Blend a juicy pear and add some mint, blend it quickly with a bit of crushed ice. don't forget a (glass) straw! It is so refreshing

Read More: Plastic vs. Glass Straw


Basically, almost every fresh juice made from 100% fruits or veggies, and then chilled for a bit, are great ways to cool off a bit during the Summer heat. You can also buy juices at any of the juice places, like Juice Press.

Stay cool!

Love, Lonneke

Travel Checklist

If you are going on vacation this year, which is a bit more difficult considering Covid-19, there is a lot to arrange or to think about. What to bring? What to wear? How can I get my suitcase to close? A lot of things you need to do!

Things you should check before you go

Using the OYL Circle of Five:

1. Organice Your Home

  • Arrange for your house to be taken care of when you leave. Or at least let your neighbors know when you are away. This way they can keep an eye on your property.
  • Security of your home while you are gone: Besides having people watch your home, you can also set timers for curtains to open or close, or lights to go off and on, so it looks like you are still home.
  • If you need to have an extra key made, or have mail checked, arrange accordingly.


2. Organice Your Agenda

  • Are you welcome in the country you are traveling to? Some countries have temporary bans installed for certain citizens.
  • Make a to- do list of everything you need to do before you travel, or things you need to take with you on vacation.
  • Check hotel, airport and travel agent along the preparation  to see if everything is going as planned.
  • Identity cards: Do you need a passport? Or is a drivers license enough? Are they both still valid?
  • Visa: Do you need a visa for your destination? If Yes, apply on time.
  • Insurance: Do you have a travel insurance, or a cancellation insurance?
  • Money: Is your Credit Card or ATM card valid? Can you use it in the country you are going to? Is there a sufficient balance on the account? Are you gonna take cash?What is the currency there?
  • Car travel: In Europe, if you use a car, you need to have certain things with you in the car in certain countries, like a first aid kit.and some countries you need a pass to drive on certain roads. Check on:

3. Organice Yourself

  • Do you need to get vaccinations for the place you are going to? Better check this first as some vaccinations need to be taken some time ahead of travel. So first check with your health care specialist.
  • Bring a first aid kit with you with basic essentials like aspirin, your daily medication, bandaids, alcohol wipes and definitely sun protection. maybe birth control like the Pil and/or condoms? And for girls: Bladder infection medication. ( I learned the hard way) Check your medication with your doctor if it is legal to bring to the country you travel to. Put it in your carry-on so it is easy to get to, and in case your luggage does not arrive on time , you have it with you.


Tips for your luggage

  • Do you have a good suitcase? Or is the one you have sturdy enough for everything I want to take?
  • Check the weather at the destination, and only pack for that. Do not bring things you already think you might not wear, as it is only extra weight for you to carry.
  • Make sure you don't have dangerous things in your suitcase, especially when you travel by airplane.
  • Don't pack too much, as you always bring more home including souvenirs. Make sure you don't go over the weight that is allowed by your Airline or Bus company. Check with them.
  • Don't put your address and contact information on the outside of your bag,( but do it on the inside). "Bad guys" might see it and visit your house while you are gone. And that's no fun!
  • Roll up your clothes nice and tight so they don't get wrinkled so much. Put "wet" stuff like your toiletry bag in a plastic bag, in case something spills while traveling. Try to use every space you can, like put clean socks in shoes to get more use of your bag.


4. Organice Your Relationships

  • Make sure you print out all your travel information, and contacts for your hotel, and travel agent and give it to relatives that stay behind.
  • If you have pets, make sure they are taken care of too. If they also need to go to a shelter for the time you are away, make sure you check the regulations considering vaccinations etc.
  • Check all above with your travel mates ( family, partner, kids) to make sure they are prepared as well.


5. Organice Your Good Heart

  • Give away all food & drink items that will go bad during the time you are away.
  • Have your neighbor take your newspaper or magazine subscription while you are away?
  • You can leave a present for the person who is taking care of your home while you are away, or bring a souvenir back from your trip. I am sure they will love it that you are so considerate!


More important things to check on the day of departure:

  • Charge your Ipod, Computer, iPad, Phone, etc...
  • Bring converter plus all chargers.
  • Bring enough to read
  • Bring some healthy snacks, you never know where you end up being, you want to be prepared when getting hungry
  • Always have a bottle of water in reach.
  • Hand wipes and hand sanitizer always come in handy.


Last thing before departure

  •  Everything shut off at home? Gas? Lights?
  • Did you close door and windows properly?
  • Last check of your checklist!
  • If all is checked off you can start enjoying your vacation!


A few useful links:


Enjoy your travels!

Love, Lonneke


Lonneke chilling in the park


What is a fun activity to do, when the weather is nice, that doesn't cost a lot of money? Something that is active as well, and a great time with friends?

A Picnic in the park!

Invite your best friends, and together go to a nice park/forest or field. Take a bike or walk, instead of a car, it is better for the environment and for your fitness too!

What do you need?

  • A sturdy large blanket, for everyone to sit on.
  • Good food( like baguettes, cheeses, fresh fruits, pasta salads, homemade hummus, veggies to grill etc)
  • Water and Drinks
  • Cool Box to put the drinks in.
  •  BBQ to grill food
  • Plates/cups/napkins/cutlery for everyone. Preferably made from recycled materials, or good to reuse.
  • Frisbee, (American) Football or any other fun sports to play outside( good for a workout!)
  • A board game, or a book
  • Some music ( not too loud!)
  • Umbrella against the sun, or (hopefully not) against the rain.

Where I go for a picnic

I love picnics!  for instance in Central Park, or at the Hudson River in NYC. I like biking there with some good stuff in my back pack. My friends are joining me, so fun!

Lonneke chilling in the park
Lonneke chilling in the park

Important tips when picnicing in the USA

  • Make sure you leave everything clean when you leave.
  • Don't show any opened or unopened alcohol bottles or cans. Put beer and wine in a brown bag. I know because I got a ticket once for a bottle of wine that was unopened (we were drinking only kombucha tea at that time) but since it rolled out of our shopping bag and was a bit visible, the park's officer thought it was appropriate to ticket everyone one of us, while our neighbor was actually drinking a beer, but in a brown bag. Oh well, those are the rules I guess, we did not see the wine fell out of the shopping bag. So good tip for you when having a picnic!

Love, Lonneke

p.s. if your area still has social distancing implemented, please take that into account!

5 truths about losing weight

A LOT of people want to lose weight or stay in shape, because in modern society it is considered beautiful to be thin. I don't necessarily agree. I think there are many different body types in the World, and only a HEALTHY body is pretty to me.

My 5 "secret" tips to stay in shape or for losing weight:

1. Eat Wholesome, Fresh and preferably Organic Foods

Cook yourself so you know what goes into your mouth. Avoid as many additives and prepackaged food products as possible. Check Organice Your Life Recipes for yummy recipes!

READ MORE: organic vs. non-organic fruits and vegetables

2. Do not go on a Diet, but make a Lifestyle Change

Eat 2 or 3 good meals a day! It is a myth that not eating helps you lose weight. It might help a little bit in the beginning as your intestines are empty. But the moment you do eat, your body is so eager to hold on to the nutritious elements as your body is afraid you are not going to eat again and not have enough energy at some point.  If you go on a diet you are deregulating your natural body rhythm of eating, digesting, absorbing essential vitamins and getting rid of the "waste" in the end. This is hurting the health of your body. Therefore it is important that when you decide you want to lose a few pounds, you keep eating regularly but change your eating habits to only eating the right healthy foods for you (these are different for each person so you have to find out what foods work best for you). Losing weight costs energy and you need to get that right energy from eating food. Again: NOT GETTING ENOUGH CALORIES FOR A PERIOD OF TIME DOES NOT KEEP THE WEIGHT OFF IN THE END. There have been some positive results with periods of controlled fasting, by not eating before or after a certain time in the day. These people still get the right amount of calories during the rest of the day.

3. Drink enough Water

When you want to release excess toxins out of your body, drinking water helps to do this faster. People are recommended to drink at list 1.5 liters of water a day, or more, but make sure you don't drink too much (drinking too much water has minerals move out of the body without replenishing them, and this is very dangerous and life threatening even believe it or not. Some minerals your body can't do without). The best is to test the water you are drinking, and check for the amount of minerals in that water. The more good minerals are left in your drinking water, the better. We are looking for water with at least  140 micrograms of residue. More is better.

READ MORE: Why you need to drink enough water each day.

4. Be Happy & Do Not Stress

It is said that stress makes you gain weight. Or even worse: make you crave bad foods! So do enough fun things and delete the stress factors out of your life. Make sure your bills are paid, you don't forget appointments, make your house a happy place, have memorable moments with loved ones, and take enough time a day to enjoy your life and relax: sleep, meditate and do fun things!

READ MORE: Mind over Body, the cortisol effect. (about stress & gaining weight because of it) >

5.  Move Your Body

Maybe this is the most important one. The places in the World where people are considered to live the longest, and also the healthiest in a recent study - the so-called "Blue Zones" - all have something in common: they people there are constantly in motion. They collect food, cook, care for their family and keep working until a very old age. Retirement? No way! They keep moving their body.  But not in a drastic way. Doing hardcore fitness are not always the right way to go. Energizing, calming movements like Yoga and Pilates can work too. At least we all agree that sitting behind a desk or something each day is just not what humankind was made for. We need to move. So the more you are busy during the day running around (maybe after your kids?), doing house choirs, working in the garden or working out, the better! An electronic device can help you monitor your daily step count.

Enjoy and remember: love your body. Maybe that is the best way to get to the perfect shape you want. You are beautiful when you are healthy, just "Organice" your life!

Love, Lonneke