Disclaimer: Before we get into today's episode, a quick disclaimer that this was recorded prior to the SAG AFTRA strike.

Today I welcome and kick off the Eat Play Crush Podcast with my incredible client and friend, Lupita Nyong’o. She has graced our screens in iconic roles and is the recipient of multiple awards, including an Academy Award.

Lupita is someone that embodies total commitment to her craft and in this conversation, she takes us through her remarkable experience and transformation preparing for her role in Wakanda Forever which required intense training as well as prep for her upcoming role which required an entirely different body composition.

We also discuss how those experiences compared to her prep for the first Black Panther movie, before she and I began working together to unlock her personal nutrition design.

Lupita shares the behind-the-scenes experience of our work together, what performance nutrition means to her, and how changing the way she ate allowed her to get into optimal shape to embody her character Nakia once again but also how it expanded her own self awareness and relationship to food in her everyday life.

Lupita delves into the challenges, learnings, and dedication required and how that experience transcended into her habits off the screen.

Beyond that, we also talk about her personal journey preparing for these roles while so much is going on in the world as well as in her personal life and how she keeps herself grounded and where she draws inspiration.

You are sure to be drawn in, inspired, and empowered by this episode.

Performance Spotlight aka Free Game: Stick around for this segment, today's highlight is fermented foods. 


November 01, 2023 — Mary Shenouda