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 3

Welcome to the third edition of my health series! This month you get the pleasure to hear from fellow Health Coach, Bettina! She’s from Germany, but lives in Brussels where she works as a Health Coach and yoga teacher. She helps busy professionals find that magic balance in life by upgrading their nutrition & other wellbeing habits so that they have more energy, a leaner body, a clear focussed mind & feel better in their skin again!

I hope you will enjoy reading this interview and please join the discussion in the comments  below.

Here we go:


Name, age, occupation: Bettina, 31, Health Coach & Yoga Teacher

What does health mean to you?

Health, to me, is experienced on three levels: physically we feel energized and are without pains or aches, mentally we are clear and focussed and emotionally we are balanced and calm. For me good health means being able to live my life from a point of truth and authenticity, so fulfilling my purpose in this world. It also means that I can give my full potential to my partner and my family, my friends and my clients. Lastly, it means independence and successful self-reliance until well into old age without having to worry about the frailty and helplessness that many people in industrialized countries experience because of a poor lifestyle since birth.

How do you achieve this level of healthy?

Healthy habits and being consistent with them is incredibly important to me. That starts off with wholesome, nutrient-rich nutrition, daily movement (be it yoga, a walk in nature or more strenuous exercise), time to myself to find clarity about where I am at with my life and where I want to take it, meditation to calm my mind, self care through taking time to read or do any of the healthy habits mentioned above, working actively on reducing limiting beliefs and negative chatter about myself in my mind to achieve a healthy mindset where I can be compassionate, forgiving and gentle with myself when I slip up or fall back into old patterns.

Why is it important to be and live healthily?

Because it affects every single thing you do each day: your own mindset, your ability to move and exercise, the way you work and interact with people around you, your relationships, your approach to life, the way you think about yourself…. and most importantly to live your life purposefully!

Why are you an expert?

As a former infectious disease researcher I have worked a lot in laboratory environments where disease-care rather than health-care was at the forefront. During this time I often also worked long hours and on weekends to the point of suffering from burn out by the time I finished with my last contract despite having a generally healthy lifestyle. Once I started to do yoga and learn more about nutrition and health as part of my coaching program, a lot of things fell into place for me. Most importantly, I realised that all the healthy food and regular exercise regime won’t do you any good if it does not go hand in hand with a healthy mindset and attitude about lifestyle in general. So, I have not just hands on experience in disease-care, but have my own personal experience with common disease associated with a Western lifestyle and its resolution using a holistic approach.

If you prefer credentials (some people do 😉 ), I hold a PhD in infectious disease biology, am an Integrative Nutrition health coach and a yoga teacher with a 500 hour accreditation. I am continuously working on integrating my knowledge on holistic health and chronic disease prevention through courses such as Andrea Beaman’s New Healer program. I also keep tabs on current research in the nutrition field to enable me to break down the confusing, often contradictory nutrition advice that is in the mainstream media and help my clients make informed choices for themselves so empowering themselves for a journey to top health!

What is your top health tip?

Stop punishing your body by restricting your diet unnecessarily and exercising in a non-enjoyable fashion. Instead, make your body your best new friends, start loving it up and follow its lead in executing healthy habits that make you feel good and nourished and not defeated and failed. It’s the mindset that counts, what you do from there comes by itself!

Thank you so much Bettina for sharing your views on health and for your great health tip! Let’s indeed make peace with our bodies! If you want more information, please visit her website here. If you need a Health Coach in Brussels or some yoga classes, please do get in touch with her!

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