Summary: As we rush eagerly to make the most of our bustling lives in Hong Kong, let’s take it back to Cristina Tahoces’s talk about how we can reach our full potential by eating with a purpose to: “Sleep, Love, Poop”.
Cristina Tahoces is a former banker turned nutritionist and current owner of Thrive Nutrition Practice. She left a successful career in corporate after having her first child and battling with severe health issues. After pursuing her Diploma in Holistic Nutrition, she started Thrive Nutrition Practice – which she now refers to as her “third baby” – to help others live their best life.
Cristina reminds us that everyone has to eat with a purpose to Sleep, Love and Poop. Christina reminded everyone about the importance of nutrition and how it can foster our development, something that we all often easily overlook.
To all the millions of people that struggle with sleep, she proposes a strategy to “plan to sleep from the moment we wake up”. A key part of this strategy is fuelling our minds and body to cope with all the stress and anxiety that come back to haunt us at night. Whether it be filling ourselves with the right amounts of protein, B5 and B6 vitamins or magnesium. She persuasively answered our most frequently asked questions about the sleepless nights we face.
Another one of her goals is to instil values of self-love and confidence to prevent us from ever having to remove things from our diet. She thrives on a simple yet effective mantra that has allowed her to lead a healthy life: “don’t give it up…trade up.” Associating life and nutrient dense foods as rewards changes everything, there will no longer be a need to buy that expensive organic-gluten free granola bar, because all you will want to do is dig in to that bowl of fresh homemade guacamole sitting in your fridge.
Finally, she talked about the power of poop. Our poop is very strongly correlated with our health and happiness levels, not many people know that 90% of serotonin production occurs in our gut and our poop actually determines our food cravings. Like she pointed out: “it’s time to stop your poop from controlling you”. Fill your diet with extra fiber and water to give yourself the control and detoxify daily. We all have the privilege to make choices and Cristina’s talk empowered the audience to make the best ones and take control of our lives just like she did.
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Written by: Nikita on behalf of TEDxTinHauWomen