How to move and feed your body in nurturing ways

Many people ask me how to either give up a certain food or what the best exercises are. Let's explore these two points by turning them around.

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What food can I eat which will fill me with calm energy?

Which exercises or activities do I love?

When you realize a food isn't serving you, contemplate alternative items that will nurture and support your body instead. Take bread for example. Wheat is a modern product which for many can irritate their gut. You will know this if, when you eat bread you feel bloated or "windy".

How can you choose a food which serves you better?

Simply put, it is a change of habit.

Let's take a real world example. I have many clients who struggle with eating scrambled eggs with anything other than toast. I see the appeal!

Here are my suggestions for alternatives to bread with their benefits:

  • Smoked mackeral or salmon - good oils & protein for building tissues and sustaining steady blood sugar longer so you feel a steady energy post meal
  • Lightly sauteed (in coconut oil) tomatoes - great for heart and bone health as well as anti-oxidants which clean up free radicals
  • Lightly sauteed mushrooms - natural form of lower glyceamic carbohydrate
  • Sauerkraut - great for gut health

Also see “My Top 9 Healthy Food Swaps”.


On the subject of exercise start thinking about what exercises or activities you love to do rather than “the best” or trendiest. Each body responds differently, no matter what the latest research the media is focussing on.

The moves that keep you coming back and really rev you up are the movements that will sustain you over a lifetime. This isn’t to say that trying something new won’t benefit you as you may discover a great addition to your “most loved” repertoire. New stimuli are important to re-ignite our bodies and move them past plateaus.


Some food for thought…

Don’t try to fit a square peg in a round hole.

My square peg is swimming. I love the idea of it and don’t mind being in a swimsuit but I sink like a stone.

My round pegs: Weight training; rollerblading; walking; pilates.


Take some time today to...

  • Contemplate your exercise square and round pegs.
  • Explore the foods that don’t serve you and find alternatives.

Have fun exploring.

Food and exercise are meant to be enjoyed.

Release your “I should’s” and embrace your “I can’s”!


Join the online healthy discussion with me on twitter & facebook

Let's have some fun!!!

Charlene Hutsebaut

Corporate Wellness Speaker, Personal Trainer, Pilates Instructor, Writer & Brand Ambassador, Charlene Hutsebaut, Personal Training & Wellbeing Consultancy | | @positivelyslim

Charlene Hutsebaut B.P.E., B.Ed., CSCS is a personal trainer, pilates instructor, brand ambassador, speaker and writer with over 15,000 client hours and 26 years of experience in the fitness industry. Charlene was honoured to be a Top 10 Global Finalist in the Life Fitness -Personal Trainers to Watch Competition 2015. She was the only UK woman chosen and one of only three in the top ten. The same year she was awarded a Mayor of London Volunteer Award for getting her community moving & united. In 2016 she was part of the team at Eversholt UK Rails Group to win a Vitality Insurance - Healthiest Workplace Award. In 2017 she was asked to take part in the Periscope TV Wellness Warriors Channel and was shortlisted for We Are The City Sport Award. Charlene runs her Personal Training Consultancy in London at the exclusive St. Pancras Hotel Spa and is a sought after inspirational corporate wellness speaker, creating bespoke wellness initiatives to get employees thinking about their self-care through workshops & executive senior leader programmes. She has had regular fitness columns in Passport – the inflight magazine for Monarch Airlines and Total Sports Performance. She is the fitness expert for the book The De-Stress Effect and was featured in How To Hygge. She has written for HuffPostUK, Bodyfit, Prima, FitPro, Fitness Life New Zealand and has been featured in London, Fabric, Grove, Woman, Natural Health magazines, as well as The Daily Mail and Express. | Charlene has been a brand ambassador for Huggies Diapers with Lisa Scott-Lee, Simply Great Drinks alongside UK Olympian Victoria Pendleton and TV’s Doctor Christian Jessen and most recently with Long Tall Sally & Nominou. | Find Charlene most days sharing the healthy realistic message on twitter, periscope, facebook and instagram at @positivelyslim