Body Balance - The Food Foundation

What, how and where we eat is unique to each of us.

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In our third installment of Body Balance we explore the food foundation.

"Look after yourself inside and out. When your lifestyle is in balance your body will be too."


Let’s start thinking about food in positive and enjoyable ways bringing back the joy in sitting down to meals, looking forward to the tastes, textures and smells.

Photo Courtesy - Brent Darby Photography

I had lunch with some old girlfriends (and health and fitness colleagues) on Tuesday you know the ones who really know you!

We sat chatting about how we regularly hear women, wherever we are (out for lunch, at the gym, out shopping etc.) agonising over what they are eating, what results they will or won’t get, what new shake or bar to eat, if they should eat dinner or not, how they feel bad about eating certain foods.

We all agreed our wish for every woman is that she can find a way to love herself and let go of pressured and negative feelings surrounding food. The tricky part is how to share this positive mindset when the world is constantly bombarding us with the latest research, nutrition trick or instagram photo of perfect bodies.


I love that when we individually get our food right we really are nurturing our bodies inside and out. What we choose to put in our mouths does determine so many elements of us!

  • How we feel
  • How we look
  • How we are able to fight infections
  • Our energy levels
  • Our moods
  • How we perform at work, in life and when at play
  • How we recover from stress whether it is from being active, long days at work etc.


Key nugget...

There are food basics that will help us function as human beings.

The interesting thing is each of us has very different needs based on our genetics, environment, health history, energy requirements, food likes and dislikes.

Let me get you started with some general foundations and if you want to explore further I invite you to get in touch with one of the nutritionists I recommend below.


We are meant to eat regularly and with variety.

I learned some new tidbits at a recent yummy breakfast meeting with the lovely @SigneSJohansen food and drink writer. We share the beliefs that food is to be enjoyed free of stress, pressures or negative feelings.

She mentioned that in the average food day of a Westerner we get a variety of only 10-12 different foods whereas in Japanese culture they top out at 30-35 varieties of food.

Variety is important for us to maintain a healthy body.


“Get your basics right and you will be well on your way to functioning optimally.”


Food Foundations:

  • Sit down for every meal – be mindful of the eating experience
    • Smells, textures, tastes, feelings
  • Planning meals ahead of time takes the stress out of each day
    • As part of your plan include a batch cooking session each week
      • Prepare more food at an evening meal and use leftovers for lunches or on a day off use a slow cooker to prepare a big batch of food...pop into containers for the fridge or freezer
  • Include some form of protein with each meal – this helps regulate our blood sugar ensuring better moods and concentration
  • Eat three meals per day
  • Start to include more vegetables on your plate at each meal

Photo Courtesy - Charlene Hutsebaut


These are just some basics....want to learn more about how to plan for your food and eat well when you are busy?

Get my…

EBOOK – Simple Healthy Living – A Guide for Busy People

Prefer to explore this with your team in a corporate setting?

BOOK ME in for an interactive, informative and fun Corporate Wellness Workshop.


Do you feel you need a more in depth analysis of yourself and how foods affect you?

I highly recommend all of the following nutritionists. I am sure there will be one for you!

Recommended Nutritional Therapists:

Liz Butler– Richmond/London & Skype – Richmond/London & Skype – General & cancer

Charlotte Watts– Brighton/London, Skype & Phone – General & stress focus

Angelique Panagos– London – General & PCOS

Charlotte Stirling-Reid–Skype & Phone – General & Children

Ian Craig – Skype – General & Sports Nutrition


Get in touch!

I would love to know how you are doing over the coming weeks.....

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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