Health Expert Series 9

New year, new dreams, new expert on our health series! In our last edition we talked about how we are all experts on our bodies and we all know what we need to do, sometimes we just need some help getting to the answer we all have inside us.

This month I want to introduce a fellow Health Coach and Luxembourger! Kris Oak Mendez is a fantastic health advocate and cares deeply about her own and your health!

Here is Kris Oak:

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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 6

Welcome to the 6th edition of my Health Series!

This month we have the pleasure of our wonderful Marise Hyman from Marise Hyman Maternity Coaching. If you are an English speaking mom or pregnant lady, then I am sure you have heard of her. Well, do you know what her views on health are? Look no further, read here!


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Name, age, occupation: Marise Hyman, 38, Holistic Maternity & Sleep Coach/Educator – Marise Hyman Maternity Coaching. Founder & Birth Advocate – Luxmama Club & ParentPrep asbl

What does health mean to you?

Health to me means being resilient to what life throws at you. Everything is interconnected, much more than we think! Therefore, fostering a healthy approach to life impacts not only yourself but also your environment and the people around you. 

How do you achieve this level of healthy?

By following an integrative or holistic approach to life. Where body, mind and spirit is nurtured and living in harmony and flow with the environment around you. Realising that the body is self-healing and ever-changing, just like nature. We are nature! Understanding that anything you put in your mouth, put on your skin, inhale through your nose and create in your mind influences health. Rather being curious to new discoveries in science than feeling overwhelmed. As essential as the physical part is to health, acknowledging the underestimated role thoughts and emotions play in shaping your reality and ultimately health. And lastly, moving your body in ways that feel good.

Why is it important to be and live healthily?

To be alive is a GIFT.

Respecting and nurturing this gift just feels right to me.

This wasn’t always my attitude. I have gone through times when I took life, my body and the environment around me for granted. Becoming a parent and taking stock of who I am in the world and my place in it, has changed ALL THAT in a big way. 

Why are you an expert?

I won’t call myself a “Health Expert”…

Following an exhausting 18-year corporate career filled with sweat and tears, I analysed my life when becoming a mother and awoken to the realisation that life is more than just deadlines and material things. The challenging transition parents in the Western world experience compared to how traditional cultures approach this sacred rite of passage fascinated my so much, I fell in love with the “transition into parenthood” and made it my mission to support parents going through it.

I started my own business coaching and educating expecting and new parents worldwide after qualifying as Holistic Pregnancy & Child Sleep Practitioner and Holistic Perinatal Educator/coach, Happiest Baby on the Block educator and soon-to-be “Becoming Us”-facilitator.

I also developed the desire to create positive change within my community and as a result, the Luxmama Club & ParentPrep asbl was born, a volunteer-run organisation by the community, for the community raising awareness for green, natural & holistic parenting alternatives, birth rights and perinatal mood disorders by offering a variety of inspiring social and educational events in Luxembourg.

What is your top health tip?

Listen to your body, it’s always communicating with you. Be kind to yourself and others. Say no when it’s not for you. Do things that bring you joy.


Great tips! Say no! I love it! Live life holistically! Thank you so much Marise!

If you would like to meet Marise, then join us for this weeks Bellies and Booties event. This Thursday 16th March she will be our special guest and explaining all about Emotional Well-being, Baby and Holistic Sleep. Don’t miss this great opportunity! I will be there too 😉 See Facebook event for more details.


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!