Health Expert Series 8

Here we go! 8th edition of the Health Expert Series!

Most people I talk to are quite uncomfortable with being called an expert and I want to clarify this. We are all experts! Anyone who cares about themselves and their health is an expert. We all know what we need and what our bodies need! We just need to listen!

Our bodies are constantly talking to us. If you have a headache or a back ache or are exceptionally tired – these are all ways your body is talking to you. You just need to figure out what it is telling you and what it needs. Most headaches can be cured by simply drinking more water! Think about it! What is your body telling you? Find a calm space, quiet your mind and try to feel your body. What is it saying to you?

Someone who is really an expert in listening to her inner self is my friend, Ana. She is a Reiki Master, a Self Healing Instructor and owner of A Magical Butterfly; a self healing studio that also offers pilates and yoga classes among other things. Check out all their offers here.

Name, age, occupation: Ana Vargas, 41 years old, Reiki Master and Self Healing Instructor


What does health mean to you?

For me health is equal to balance and is a good combination of taking care of yourself and enjoying your life as it is.


How do you achieve this level of healthy?

I truly believe that we have 4 bodies (Spirit, Mind, Emotions and Physical body) and I pay attention of practicing things that will help to keep my 4 bodies in a good shape.

I always ask for the help of experts in those fields to learn, to improve and to nourish my soul, my mind and body.

Also accepting my emotions helps me to have a deeper connection with my body and to know what do I need in terms of practices, sports, food, fun and rest!!!


Why is it important to be and live healthily?

For me it is a way to honour life by loving myself and to have the energy and a positive attitude to create a wonderful adventure.

I love being alive and I will do my best to fully live it according to my dreams and needs.

As a mother of 2 wonderful kids I also want to have the energy and a healthy heart to enjoy the road with them!!!


Why are you an expert?

I don’t consider myself an expert, I am just someone passionate about living in balance and helping people to find how to live with ease and joy.

I will continue improving myself through my own practice and through the sharing moments with my loved ones, friends and clients 🙂


What is your top health tip?

Love yourself and respect yourself!!!



Thank you so much Ana! Very simple but extremely powerful health tip! Probably easier said that done, right? But it is so true! This is also what I tell my clients every day. Love yourself enough to treat yourself right! And asking for help when help is needed!

I hope you enjoyed reading Ana’s views on health! If you want more information about Ana and her services, please reach out here. If you know someone who you would like featured in this series, please let me know and I’ll do the rest! Thank you!


Health Expert Series 5

Welcome to the 5th edition of my Health Series! I am sure many of you know this months Health Expert! This month we will hear from our fabulous Clare Marie!

Clare is the owner of Clare Marie Pilates & Wellness offering a variety of yoga and Pilates classes AND my boxing classes!! She also regularly organised workshops, all about health and wellness. Check out her schedule here:

All I can say is: ENJOY:


Name, age, occupation: Clare Marie Trono, 32, Pilates Instructor/Singing Teacher/Vocal Coach

What does health mean to you?

As the saying goes “Health is Wealth”. It contributes to us being able to live life to its fullest and contributes to our overall happiness. But for me health is not just about eating all the right foods all the time and following a strict exercise regime, it’s about balance and having enough love and respect for yourself to nurture not only your body but your mind too. I am a great believer in giving the body and the mind time to rest, not only to just chill out and calm the body but also to give yourself time and space to integrate what you have been learning, whether it is a meditation practice, running, Pilates, singing or any regular practice that you do.

How do you achieve this level of healthy?

Well, I can’t say that I have mastered this level of healthy completely but I try my best to stay active, eat a balanced diet and most of all reduce stress by doing things that I love such as singing, seeing friends, strolling along the beach and trying to meditate regularly. It’s the combination of all these factors that contribute to achieving a more “holistic approach” to being healthy. I believe that I am also a VERY POSITIVE and resilient person, not to say that I haven’t had my failures and major life lessons. But instead of focusing on the negative aspects of these so-called BIG mistakes, I prefer to see them as Life lessons (not saying that sometimes this takes some time to let go). But all these experiences contribute to making me the person I am today and for that I am very grateful.

Why is it important to be and live healthily?

To enable yourself to live life to the fullest, whatever that may be for you – to be happy and to be free from pain, restrictions and discomfort in both body and mind.

Why are you an expert?

I have been working as a Pilates instructor for over 4 years now. I have taught many types of people from very healthy to people living in constant pain. What this has taught me is that we should be focused on preventative measures to reduce illness and disease through self care and self love. We need to be kind to ourselves as well as others. Taking time to recharge is not selfish in a negative way, it’s self love – as the saying goes “one cannot pour from an empty cup”.

I can’t say that making time for myself used to come so naturally, and it has taken time for me to make sure that I schedule in some down time for myself to keep my mind and my body healthy – really focusing on the Work/Life Balance. When running your own business it’s very easy to work 24/7 so making time for myself is essential.

But the main thing is my personal experience and my lifestyle as I try and live as mindfully and consciously as possible. This applies to all aspects of my life from work, to relationships, to self-care and self love.

What is your top health tip?

Strong is the new skinny – developing a strong mind and a strong body, with a huge dollop of love and kindness, letting go of judgements and expectations will help you to live a more positive, healthy and happy life. Focus on making your body strong, take time to rest and nurture yourself in all aspects of your life.


AMAZING right? What do you think? Do you agree? Let us know in the comments below!

Health Expert Series 1

Everyone has a different opinion about health and what it means to them. I am starting this monthly series to open up the discussion about what health means to you and maybe to learn from other people and their point of views.

This month I am starting with myself. I have interviewed myself and you can find the answers below. Every month I will interview a new person that I think has something interesting to say about health and what it means to them.

I hope you will enjoy this series and will participate in the discussion. Health affects us all, also you! This is a subject you should have an opinion on 😊

Here we go:



Name, age, occupation: Anne Louise, 35, Holistic Health Coach & Boxercise Instructor

What does health mean to you?

Health, to me, means being happy and feeling good about all areas in my life. Everything from eating the right foods and exercising, to having healthy relationships and the right career needs to be in balance before I would call someone truly healthy. I need to be happy with myself on the inside and on the outside

How do you achieve this level of healthy?

I try to eat healthy and exercise regularly. But this is not enough. I constantly work on self-development and try to improve areas in my life that I am not happy about. I clean up my toxic relationships. I find ways to handle stress and to get a good night sleep! If I find that a job or project is draining my energy, then I need to find a way to change it. When you come home from work, you should feel happy and energised! If you feel down and drained, then maybe the job you’re doing is not right for you!

Why is it important to be and live healthily?

I think it’s important to feel good in your body and to be able to live life to its fullest every day. I think too many people settle in life and don’t know that life could be so much better if they changed a few things. I don’t ever want to settle in life. What’s the point of living, if its not going to be a good and happy life?

Finally, I think it’s important to live healthy to prevent disease and aches in the future. We are getting older, and older, but what about quality of life? When I get old I still wish to take care of myself and to be active. In old age, I want to be self-sufficient and I believe by living healthy now I up my chances of that happening.

Why are you an expert?

I started my student career in nursing school and though I quickly found out that this was not my calling, I still learnt a lot about health and disease-care. Thereafter, I studied biotechnology engineering, where my main focus was how nutrition affects the body. In other words, I studied what happens in the body when we eat and when we change what we eat. Finally, I studied Health Coaching, where I learnt over 100 dietary theories and studied the world’s top health and wellness experts. My education has equipped me with extensive, cutting-edge knowledge in holistic nutrition, health coaching, and prevention.

I now work as a Health Coach, where I help my clients find balance in their life and teach about how nutrition and lifestyle affects health and overall wellbeing.

What is your top health tip?

Health can mean so many things and the important thing is to find out what it means to you. How do you feel good in your body and what needs to happen so you become truly happy and well balanced in your life? You are important! Remember that and always be kind to yourself and others!

Do you want to be part of my Health Series? Please email me. I would love to hear from you!