References and Reviews

Review 2024:

If you are battling symptoms of burnout, for whatever reasons, and have the chance to free up one week of your life for a mental and physical reset, a week with Marijke Engelbrecht is highly recommended. Although she coaches groups, up to 10 people, in following the Intermittent Living lifestyle, a 1-on-1 week with Marijke is undoubtedly the best thing you can do. In one week, get your gut flora ‘back to normal’ through super healthy eating, self-cooking, cooking class and theory of what food does to your body to breathing exercises, cold and heat days, yoga, mindfulness, hiking, gym, outdoor-tracking, and so on. An intensive week, with incredible results, in which I was able to reap the rewards especially in the weeks that followed: losing weight permanently, less appetite for my old bad eating patterns, (so now only consuming really healthy food), lots of sports and exercise with pleasure, cold and warm days with breathing exercises, and perhaps most important of all; a stronger mind: good for many aspects of a hectic life. 

And now keep it up, that’s my goal!

Grateful for this special reset in my life.



Intermittent Living: the use of ancient challenges as a vaccine against the deleterious effect od modern life – A hypothesis

Chronic non-communicable diseases (CNCD) are the leading cause of mortality in developed countries. They ensue from the sum of modern anthropogenic risk factors, including high calorie nutrition, malnutrition, se- dentary lifestyle, social stress, environmental toxins, politics and economic factors. Many of these factors are beyond the span of control of individuals, suggesting that CNCD are inevitable. However, various studies, ours included, show that the use of intermittent challenges with hormetic effects improve subjective and objective wellbeing of individuals with CNCD, while having favourable effects on immunological, metabolic and beha- vioural indices. Intermittent cold, heat, fasting and …

 Leo Pruimboom, Frits A.J. Muskiet, Vaccine 2018 (PDF)


Meal frequency and timing in health and disease. M.P. Mattson

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The influence of sleep on inflammation levels and thus on the development of diseases