In today’s episode, Dr. Lisa talks with holistic nutritionist Cristina Tahoces about Love-Led Nourishment. Learn how the intentional choice towards live food helps you connect to your own positive feelings of love and self-worth. Stuck in a cycle of mindless binge eating or feeling deprived? If you don’t have a positive relationship with food, you’re not alone. This episode is for you.
“The only why that is strong enough to counter stress and the voice of the inner critic is love”
Cristina Tahoces is a holistic nutritionist and owner of Thrive Nutrition Practice, a global online wellness business focused on building physical and mental health resilience to stress through a nutritional approach she calls “love-led nourishment”. A former corporate banker, Cristina turned to nutrition to help herself heal from chronic allergies & adrenal fatigue. Over the years, she has helped clients with high stress profiles improve sleep, immunity & energy levels, relieve irritable bowel symptoms and reverse high blood pressure – all through her in-depth knowledge about how to use food therapeutically. In 2017, she shared her nutritional strategy “Sleep Love Poop” on the TEDx stage as part of the TED Women’s Global Conference. She uses the themes of Sleep Love Poop to help her clients both in private consultation and through her group programs, which she runs several times a year.
In this episode, we cover:
How the food choices we make, especially under stress, are dictated by emotion instead of logic
The importance of asking yourself what you could choose to eat that would show yourself love, kindness, compassion and respect
The difference between “live” food and “dead” food and their impact on your energy
How to get your kids excited about live foods like fruit and how to make an apple doughnut
The key to pressing pause on your inner critic and increasing self-compassion
How practicing is more important than knowing
The importance of re-labelling dinner time as an investment in your physical and mental health instead of a chore
How to trade up your food with nutrient dense foods to feel satiated and prevent overeating or feeling deprived
The importance of switching from fight or flight mode to rest and digest mode in order to practice intuitive eating and Love-Led Nourishment
Vagus nerve breathing exercise: inhale to count of 4, pause for count of 3, exhale through the mouth to count of 8
How drinking water can massively impact your mental clarity and energy level
The importance of protein and a variety of vegetables with every meal
Cristina loves being glued to her 600ml Lifefactory glass water bottle instead of her phone and her Kitchenaid mini food processor for chopping veggies, dips and sauces.
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Many of us are in a state of grieving right now for: the life that we once knew; the loss of a loved one; the loss of a job; a lack of social connection; the end to a relationship; unrequited love… the list goes on and on. Today’s episode will open your eyes up to: the purpose of grieving; different types of grief; how to practice self-compassion; and how to embrace your own, individual grieving process. Dr. Aoife also shares some valuable tips on how to work through your grief using; rituals, physical movement, mementos, and by allowing yourself to find joy and new meaning during the process.
Dr. Toni talks all about grief with Dr. Aoife Earls, a Naturopathic Doctor practicing in Oakville, Ontario. Dr. Aoife has gone through her own, personal grieving process and has extensive undergraduate training in psychology and biology and postgraduate training in psychoneuroimmunology.
In this episode, we cover:
Why you grieve to help your brain feel safe when you lose someone or something you feel attached to
Different types of grief you might be experiencing right now
Bereavement – death of a loved one
Collective – understanding of how we think the world should work
Ambiguous – leaving without saying goodbye or closure, for example with divorce, natural disasters like pandemic, losing relationships with co-workers after being laid off
Anticipatory – when a loved one is seriously or terminally ill
How your mind processes emotions in a non-linear way and grief can show up in different ways years after a loss
The difference between people who get stuck in their grieving process and people who move on with health (hint: it’s self-compassion, which includes self-love and self-care)
Different ways people experience grief, including
Feeling numb, anger, rage, sorrow, fear, despair
Needing connection vs. needing space
Rituals you can use to integrate grief and loss to: release, say goodbye, honour yourself and create a new story about yourself. Some rituals include:
Journaling and destroying your writing by ripping it up and flushing it down the toilet or burning it with fire
Washing your hands
Taking a shower
Connecting with others online or outside with physical distancing during the pandemic
How grief acts like a stressor or fearful problem in the amygdala of your brain that creates physical symptoms
During the first 6 months of grief, there is a rise in cortisol, the stress hormone, resulting in:
The need to pull back to nurture
An Increase in heart rate and blood pressure
A heightened risk of heart attacks or other cardiovascularproblems
A weakened immune system
Digestive issues such as nausea and IBS
Headaches and body pain
Changes to your sleep, energy, mood and memory
How suppressed emotions from trauma and grief can get stuck in your physical body and that you may need to process and release them, physically (see the work of Peter Levine)
How connecting to genuine joy and finding a new meaning after loss is a step in the right direction and not something you need to feel guilty about
How experiencing joy and laughter shuts down sadness and activates the nervous system to rest and rejuvenate, creating more resilience and opportunity for healing
Why using mementos can help to: heal your brain; integrate the old you with the new you; and support a continued connection to your loved one or past life
How cortisol can impact your other hormones resulting in:
Sudden hormonal changes, such as triggering perimenopause or menopause
Night sweats and hot flashes
Shorter menstrual cycles and wonky periods
“Grief is like a door. Once you go through it, you can’t go back”