Check out our interview with popular health and nutrition influencer, entrepreneur, content creator and speaker Mary Cristine.
As a nutrition and gut specialist, she unlocks the profound connection between food and emotions, leading individuals to achieve balance in all aspects of their lives.
Beyond conventional expectations, Mary’s profound expertise and empathy guide others through healing, chronic illness, and optimizing health. In her world, food is both fuel and medicine, empowering everyone to experience their best physical, mental, and emotional
well-being. With an impressive following of millions across social media platforms, Mary has built a thriving health business, collaborating with high profile entrepreneurs and celebrities.
Mary’s insatiable curiosity propels her to explore the world and expand her intellectual horizons. Motivated by personal loss, she embarked on a tireless pursuit of cancer research and longevity, dedicating her life to raising awareness. Amidst a global pandemic, Mary courageously climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro, raising funds to save the life of an 8-year-old girl battling leukemia. She continues to champion numerous charitable causes, steadfastly promoting awareness and driving transformative change.
Currently penning her first book and pioneering a groundbreaking health platform, she is revolutionizing the way we approach well-being.
Follow Mary @marycriistine
Hi Mary, please tell us a little about you?
Where do I start. 🙂
I’m a gut specialist with a passion for helping individuals optimize their digestive health. With a significant following on social media, I strive to provide valuable insights and guidance to a wide audience. As a world traveler and food lover, I embrace diverse cultures and cuisines, seeking inspiration and expanding my knowledge. I am driven by the desire to make a positive impact in people’s lives and continuously explore new avenues to contribute to the field of gut health and overall well-being.
Describe yourself in 3 words?
Passionate, Determined, Indomitable
Who has made the biggest impact on your life so far, and why?
I would have to say my dad. He has impacted my life by showing me the importance of a strong work ethic and dedication and never settling for mediocrity. He has a relentless pursuit for excellence which has inspired me to always set ambitious goals. He was the most solid pillar of strength and taught me the value of resilience and perseverance, reminding that setbacks are merely opportunities for growth.
How and when did you start into the health and nutrition field?
I personally embarked on my journey into the health and nutrition field in my early 20s when I started taking my own health more seriously having gone through an eating disorder. Recognizing the importance of leading a healthy lifestyle, I delved into various aspects of nutrition, exercise, and overall well-being to educate myself and make positive changes in my own life.
As my passion for health and nutrition grew, I pursued formal education and training in the field of integrative health with a focus on the gut microbiome. I enrolled in relevant courses, earned certifications, and continued to stay updated on the latest research and advancements in the industry. Alongside my educational pursuits, I gained practical experience by working with individuals launching my own wellness business 5 years ago, conducting workshops, and collaborating with fitness facilities to provide nutrition guidance and support.
Through dedication, ongoing learning, and hands-on experience, I have been able to develop a deep understanding of gut health. This journey has not only transformed my own life but has also allowed me to positively impact the lives of others by sharing my knowledge and expertise.
What is fun and rewarding about being a nutritionist and gut specialist? And what is not?
One of the most fulfilling aspects of being a gut specialist is the opportunity to make a positive impact on people’s lives. You have the privilege of helping individuals achieve their health goals, improve their well-being, and enhance their quality of life. Seeing your clients experience positive changes and witnessing their gratitude for your guidance can be incredibly rewarding.The field of nutrition and gut health is dynamic and constantly evolving. As a specialist, you have the opportunity to engage in lifelong learning. The best part is witnessing the transformation of my clients’ health and well-being is undoubtedly one of the most rewarding aspects. Whether it’s helping someone overcome digestive issues, manage chronic conditions, or achieve their weight loss goals, seeing them thrive and regain control over their health is incredibly satisfying.
Emotional Investment often involves not only addressing physical health but also supporting clients emotionally. Clients may struggle with body image issues, emotional eating, or other psychological factors that impact their relationship with food. Providing the necessary emotional support can be demanding and emotionally draining at times.
What did you learn from your biggest failure?
My biggest failure taught me the importance of resilience and perseverance in the face of adversity. It highlighted the significance of bouncing back from setbacks, maintaining a positive mindset, and staying determined to overcome challenges. I realized that failure is not the end but an opportunity to reassess, learn from mistakes, and continue moving forward. Failure also prompted me to engage in deep self-reflection. I took responsibility for my actions and decisions, acknowledging the role I played in the outcome. This introspection allowed me to identify areas for improvement, recognize patterns or behaviors that contributed to the failure, and take necessary steps to avoid similar mistakes in the future. I learned the importance of being accountable for my choices and actions for sure.
Can you share some tips for healthy meal planning and preparation?
Certainly! It is vital to prioritize Whole Foods. Base your meals around whole, unprocessed foods such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins, and healthy fats. These foods are rich in essential nutrients and fiber, which are beneficial for gut health. Include a Variety of Fiber. Aim to incorporate a diverse range of fiber-rich foods in your meals. This includes fruits, vegetables, legumes, whole grains, nuts, and seeds. Different types of fiber nourish a variety of beneficial gut bacteria and promote digestive health. Lastly, opt for Probiotic-Rich Foods as they provide beneficial bacteria that support gut health. Include fermented foods like yogurt, kefir, sauerkraut, kimchi, and kombucha in your meal plan. These foods provide live cultures that can help maintain a healthy gut microbiome. When it comes to planning focus on moderate portions and mindful eating: Pay attention to portion sizes and practice mindful eating. Slow down, savor your meals, and listen to your body’s hunger and fullness cues. This approach can promote better digestion and prevent overeating.
Do you recommend doing the meal preps once a week? Or 2 times a week?
I believe the frequency of meal prepping can vary depending on individual preferences, lifestyle, and specific health goals and rather than the focus being about the number of days, it is more important to put emphasis on the use of fresh, seasonal ingredients for optimal health and balance. If you prioritize using fresh produce, you may prefer doing meal preps more frequently, such as twice a week, to ensure the ingredients remain fresh and retain their nutritional value. Ultimately, the frequency of meal prepping should be determined based on your individual needs, preferences, and practical considerations. Experiment with different approaches and find a routine that works best for you. Listening to your body’s signals and adapting as needed is key to maintaining a healthy and balanced approach to nutrition.
What’s your advice for our readers to start taking care of what they eat daily?
Eastern medicine recognizes the importance of aligning our diet with the seasons, so consuming seasonal, locally grown foods can provide the body with the necessary nutrients and energetics to support overall health and well-being. Pay attention to the foods that naturally grow during each season and incorporate them into your meals.
Now tell us about Be That Life
Be That Life is an integrative health company that centers its focus on gut health and providing comprehensive solutions for individuals seeking to optimize their life and overall well-being. We understand the pivotal role that gut health plays in our overall health, and our mission is to empower people with the knowledge, tools, and support they need to achieve optimal gut health and lead a fulfilling life.
At Be That Life, we believe that true wellness stems from a holistic approach that integrates various aspects of health, including nutrition, lifestyle, stress management, and mind-body connection. We recognize the intricate connection between the gut and other systems in the body, such as the immune system, brain function, and hormonal balance. By addressing gut health as a foundational aspect, we aim to help individuals improve their overall health and unlock their full potential.
Our company provides a range of solutions tailored to meet the unique needs of each individual. We offer personalized nutritional guidance, incorporating principles from various holistic health practices, including Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), Ayurveda, and functional medicine. Our approach is evidence-based, drawing upon the latest scientific research and combining it with the wisdom of traditional healing practices.
We understand that optimizing gut health involves more than just dietary changes. That’s why we provide comprehensive lifestyle recommendations, including stress management techniques, exercise guidance, sleep optimization, and mindfulness practices. We believe in empowering individuals to take an active role in their health journey, providing them with the tools and resources to make sustainable lifestyle changes.
At Be That Life, we also prioritize education and community. We offer workshops, seminars, and educational materials to help individuals deepen their understanding of gut health and how it influences overall well-being. We foster a supportive community where individuals can connect, share experiences, and learn from one another on their health journey.
Our ultimate goal is to help individuals optimize their life and well-being by addressing gut health as a foundational aspect. We strive to be a trusted partner, guiding individuals towards a healthier, more balanced lifestyle through our integrative approach, personalized solutions, and a supportive community.
What is different from Be That Life to other companies in a very competitive market?
Be That Life stands out from other companies in the competitive market through its unique approach to gut health and its commitment to providing comprehensive solutions for individuals’ well-being. Here are some key differentiators:
Integrative Approach: Be That Life takes an integrative approach to health, recognizing the interconnection between various aspects of well-being. We go beyond just addressing gut health and incorporate other elements such as nutrition, lifestyle, stress management, and mind-body connection. By considering the whole person, we provide a more comprehensive and holistic approach to wellness.
Personalized Solutions: We understand that each individual has unique needs and goals when it comes to their health. Be That Life offers personalized solutions tailored to the specific requirements of each client. Through careful assessment and understanding of their circumstances, we create customized plans that address their specific gut health issues and overall well-being.
Evidence-Based Approach: Our company combines the latest scientific research with the wisdom of traditional healing practices. We stay up-to-date with the latest advancements in gut health and draw upon evidence-based strategies to guide our recommendations. By merging the best of both worlds, we provide our clients with well-informed, effective, and safe solutions.
Comprehensive Lifestyle Recommendations: We understands that gut health is influenced by multiple factors beyond just diet. We provide comprehensive lifestyle recommendations that encompass stress management techniques, exercise guidance, sleep optimization, and mindfulness practices. By addressing the broader aspects of well-being, we empower individuals to make sustainable changes that positively impact their gut health and overall quality of life.
Education and Community: We place a strong emphasis on education and community building. Through workshops, seminars, and educational materials, we aim to empower individuals with knowledge about gut health and provide them with the tools to make informed decisions. Additionally, we foster a supportive community where individuals can connect, share experiences, and learn from one another, creating a sense of belonging and encouragement.
Commitment to Sustainable Changes: We also focuses on facilitating long-term, sustainable changes rather than quick fixes. We understand that true well-being requires ongoing commitment and support. Our programs are designed to empower individuals with the knowledge and skills to maintain their gut health and overall wellness beyond our engagement, ensuring lasting results.
By offering an integrative approach, personalized solutions, evidence-based practices, comprehensive lifestyle recommendations, education, and a supportive community, Be That Life sets itself apart from other companies in the market. We strive to be a trusted partner on individuals’ health journeys, supporting them in achieving optimal gut health and overall well-being for the long term.
What mindset has helped making you so successful and popular?
I believe that having a genuine passion for what you do and a clear sense of purpose can be a driving force behind my success and popularity. When you are deeply passionate about your work, it becomes evident to others, and your enthusiasm can be infectious. Passion and purpose also fuel your motivation, resilience, and ability to overcome obstacles, making you more likely to achieve your goals and attract attention from others. I also believe that people are drawn to authenticity and appreciate individuals who are genuine, honest, and trustworthy. I also embrace a growth mindset which involves in believing in my ability to learn, grow, and improve over time. It allows me to see challenges as opportunities for growth rather than obstacles. By continuously seeking knowledge, being open to feedback, and embracing new experiences, I can adapt and evolve. I strongly focus on recognizing the value of building meaningful relationships and collaborating with others cause by cultivating positive connections, networking, and engaging in collaborative endeavors, I can expand my reach, tap into new opportunities, and benefit from the collective wisdom and support of others.
When you started your Social Media accounts, did you expect such a success?
Not at all. I started social media because i loved taking pictures and creating great recipes. I wanted a platform that would help me educate and create awareness on some of the global topics in health and wellbeing. Success on social media can be unpredictable. I feel really grateful that my content has resonated with a significant number of people globally. It solidifies my purpose even more when I receive DMs from followers saying that i’ve changed their lives. Its truly the best feeling ever.
As a popular influencer you are followed by so many people. How do you feel about that pressure of doing always the right thing, and encourage people to follow their dreams?
The pressure to always do the right thing can be challenging. It’s crucial to maintain authenticity and integrity in my content, ensuring that the messages you convey align with my values and positively impact my audience. Striving to be a positive role model and providing valuable guidance helps me navigate this pressure.
Encouraging people to follow their dreams is a powerful and inspiring message. However, it’s essential to emphasize that success looks different for everyone and that the path to achieving dreams can be filled with ups and downs. What I do encourage is resilience, perseverance, and self-belief as this is what has helped me overcome obstacles and stay committed to my goals.
How often do you upload new content?
I’m pretty consistent overall. I have phases where I post daily and other time every other day.
What book should every entrepreneur read?
Zero to One by Peter Thiel
What advice would you give to your younger self and why?
Embrace growth, stay resilient
Which project is still on your bucket list?
I want to travel to all of the Blue Zones and to experience first hand how centenarians live.
What’s next for Mary Cristine in 2023?
I’m almost finished writing my first book and I’m really excited about the launch. It’s something I have been working on for a while now and I can’t wait to share it with the world.
Please describe a typical day for you. What is your daily routine like?
Im an early riser, I start my day with mindful activities to set a positive tone for the day. This may include meditation, journaling, or light exercise to promote mental clarity and overall well-being. As I usually fast in the morning, my first meal of the day would be after 1 pm. I dedicate time each day to review scientific literature, attend webinars or conferences, and engage in discussions with colleagues to expand my knowledge and refine my expertise. This allows me to provide evidence-based recommendations and incorporate the latest findings into my practice, this is something I like to do after lunch time. Running a successful health business involves various administrative tasks. I allocate time for managing appointments, updating patient records, responding to inquiries, and collaborating with my team. I may also work on marketing strategies, creating educational content, or exploring partnerships to expand the reach of my services and promote gut health awareness. Taking care of my own health and well-being is vital to be an effective gut specialist. Throughout the day, I make sure to prioritize self-care activities such as regular breaks, mindful eating, staying hydrated, and incorporating movement into my routine. This helps me maintain balance, reduce stress, and sustain my energy levels. I dedicate time to attend networking events, or engage in online forums to foster meaningful collaborations and share insights. Towards the end of the day, I review client notes, follow-up on any pending tasks or emails, brainstorm content ideas for my social media and prepare for the next day. I also take a few moments for reflection, celebrating the successes of the day and identifying areas for improvement. I have a herbal tea and I’m usually in bed by 10-11pm.
What is your own definition of happiness?
Living life on your own terms. Fueling your mind and body with all of the things it needs to thrive.
Name one your strengths?
Do you support any charity?
Yes a few, focused primarily in cancer research
Where we can follow you?
My IG handle @marycriistine or on YouTube @marycristine
Quote: “One cannot think well, love well, sleep well if one has not dined well.” – Virginia Woolf
Song: Imagine by John Lennon
Movie: The Shawshank Redemption. Based on Stephen King’s novella
Travel Destination: Iceland is top on my list. It is a land of awe-inspiring natural wonders, including glaciers, geysers, hot springs, and breathtaking waterfalls. The country’s untouched landscapes, such as the Golden Circle and the Blue Lagoon, offer a sense of serenity and a connection with nature.
Food: Mediterranean and Japanese