Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Harold is 73 and unbelievable!

by Robin White

When I first met Dr. Harold Koning about 7 months ago at the age of 73, he was teaching a 2-hour class on the Martial Arts known as Silat. From the way Harold moves, going from a standing position to a deep squat position in a matter of milliseconds in order to out manuever his opponents, followed by a quick sweep under their feet to knock them down, I was literally bowled over by how fast he moves!

From what I understand, Harold practices Qi Gong and martial arts regularly and eats quite sensibly, but he does not run marathons or follow the kind of rigorous training that many believe is the holy grail of longevity. He keeps his body moving and he believes in the wisdom of his body to heal itself and be well.

More and more, I have come to the realization that a great many of us have been brainwashed by the massive pharmaceutical advertisements on TV. We now think that something is bound to go wrong. We believe ourselves to be some sitting duck, and that eventually because we are getting older, we will someday fall prey to one or all of these diseases.

Harold and many others do not have this belief. I never did. The body is the faithful servant of the mind, and will do whatever the mind tells it. The mind is more powerful than anything we can imagine. I am not saying that this is a simple thing. It's pretty complex. But over time, your belief system exacts a toll on everything around you. Change your thoughts and you will change your world. Totally put trust that your body is there for you. Trust that it will be well. But also treat it with respect. Our body is also our faithful servant in this life, so care for it well and it will be there for you.

I hope you will be inspired by Dr. Harold Koning just as I was. Dr. Koning has taught and practiced Qi Gong for 25 years, is an instructor of Indonesian Martial Arts and a Master Drummer in the Afro-Caribbean tradition. He is fluent in English, Spanish, Dutch, French and Surinamese Creole.

He also holds a Ph.D., MSW, M.Ed., C.Ht., and is the founder of Dynamic Wellness Strategies. He is a Life, Wellness & Career Coach. His training includes a Doctorate in Social Psychology, a Master of Social Work, Master of Educational Technology, Master of Clinical Rational Hypnotherapy and Certification in Medical Hypnosis. Dr. Koning completed his postgraduate training at the prestigious Harvard Medical School Mind/Body Institute. Dr. Koning developed “Potential Based Coaching Systems” a Mind/Body healing approach.

Read more about this incredible man at www.mind-bodystrategies.com


  1. hi how are you? i found you on who ate my blog,, and began to follow ya,, you have a cool page with interesting stuff, which brings me to ask you what do you think about bananas for someone like me who is trying to drop 30 pds? and the reason i am asking you is because you told stephn you didnt think they were a good idea,, i eat at least 1 to 2 bananas a day thxs ms jazz

  2. Ms. Jazz,

    First, let me say thank you so much for following our new blog. We are thrilled to have you as a follower.

    Bananas are yummy. I too, used to eat them. For weight loss, they are not the best. Mainly because of the high starch content and high sugar combination. Instead try berries. They are much higher in antioxidants and lower in sugar.

    Whenever you eat a starchy food, your body will store water as a result. Have you ever noticed after eating a pizza, the next day your eyes will appear a little puffy? The week before last, remember what Steven ate? A lot of Chinese food and he went back to his waffles, cream cheese and honey. as a result, he gained 6 lbs. of water from all that starch and sodium, and I told him as much.
    Now he is eating old fashioned oatmeal, mixed with protein powder, berries and almonds. This is the best breakfast you can eat. It is packed with nutrition.

    What you want to do to lose that 30 lbs. is eat a high protein, low starch, low sugar, diet with plently of greens and "good" fats. These good fats will keep you full and the absence of starches combined with good fats will lower your insulin response. The result will be less hunger and you will drop a lot of stored water and fat.

    Good fats are as follows: avocado, olive oil, toasted almond oil, almonds, macadamia nuts, (not peanuts).

    You want to use your good fats sensibly. You put them on your salads, cook with them in your greens, eat them as snacks, But, if you overeat them, obviously they will be too fattening, but in sensible portions, they help your insulin response because they are filling, but do not cause your insulin to rise, which is the hormone responsible for storing fat.

    The other thing is 2-3 fish oil capsules after meals (1,000-1200mg). This is very good for every mechanism in the body. I highly recommend it. Steven said he really feels better since I got him on them. He also got his mom on them too.

    If you are familiar with the Zone diet, this is the way we advocate eating. It is a way of eating for life, not even a diet. If you are just dying for bread, you can try a whole wheat flat tortilla like Stephen is doing or the Ezekiel bread, which is excellent. Hope this helps! --Robin