THE SCIENCE GEEK: EDUCATION
Priscilla Soligo is an Australian qualified Clinical Nutritionist. She holds a bachelor’s degree from The University of Southern Queensland and a postgraduate degree in the Science of Human Nutrition from Deakin University, Melbourne. Priscilla’s further clinical education includes being a graduate of The Institute for Functional Medicine in Applied Functional Medicine in Clinical Practice (AFMCP), and Functional Blood Chemistry Analysis (FBCA Mastery Training) certification with Dr. Dicken Weatherby, at ODX Academy. Priscilla’s passion for female physiology, cycle synched training, and the pre-menopause, peri-menopause, and post-menopausal phases of a woman’s life saw her seek out and study Dr Stacy Sims certifications, WANSM, and Menopause For Athletes. Priscilla is a certified Master Personal Trainer by The Australian Institute of Fitness, Perth (SIS40215 Cert. III, IV, and Master PT). She was granted the prestigious ‘Institute Champion Award.’ Finally, she is an Active Member of the Canadian Nutrition Society (CNS) and is a Nutritionist Member with the Hong Kong Nutrition Association (HKNA).
Priscilla’s approach is clinical, holistic, practical, and personalised. In her practice, she helps clients optimise their health and longevity by creating transformative habits with personalised plans that help them to successfully reach their goals, and in many cases surpass them.
THE ELEVATED CHEF
Priscilla is a trained Chef. She has instructed at culinary academies and workshops in the US, Australia, Thailand, and Bali and has held private kitchens in Hong Kong. Her passion is to elevate or upgrade our favourite foods using what she calls the #5tothrive so that meals are balanced without the blood sugar rollercoaster. Priscilla has been featured in numerous magazines and Hong Kong’s TVB Dolce Vita for her health-food innovations and later founded Hong Kong’s first bean-to-bar chocolate factory with her sister, Raiz The Bar. They won the Natural & Organic Products Award (NOPA) in 2016. After closing their factory doors Priscilla returned to university for her post-graduate education to deep dive into the science of human nutrition.
THE PERSONAL TRAINER
After discovering the positive impact strength training had on her previously compromised immune system and pre-cancerous cells scare, Priscilla later graduated from The Australian Institute of Fitness, Perth. She received the highest level qualification as a certified Master Personal Trainer, and was granted the prestigious ‘Institute Champion Award.’ “Our muscles are our largest glucose disposal tanks, our metabolic currency, and boosts BDNF. Muscle gains improves brain function, bone density, immune function, and our microbiota, especially as we age. I’ve been working out at home for years, which keeps me consistent. Resisting my muscles has been anecdotally one of the most profound transformations of both my physical and mental health.” Priscilla’s eagerly awaited cycle-synched hypertrophy training program for pre-menopausal, perimenopausal and menopausal women will launch in 2022.
THE BUSY MUM (aren’t we all!)
“After struggling to lose weight post-pregnancies and having severe diastasis recti (both were C-section births,) my brain and body felt disconnected for years later. I thought back then with my limited nutrition knowledge, and whole food recipe creations I knew how to take care of myself, but I was deficient, depleted, and sick all the time. My immune system felt broken. Mood swings, fatigue, and brain fog was my norm. Doctors told me I was fine, but I knew something was wrong. So, I decided to go back to university and further my studies in the science of human nutrition and go down yet another rabbit hole. Back then I knew how to survive, but that wasn’t good enough. I wanted to THRIVE. Looking back now it’s like I was living in a completely different brain and body. I began to achieve a level of health, strength, and self-empowerment I never believed was even possible. I learned what worked best for me – not someone else, which is paramount.”
More recently, on December 30th, 2019 in Sydney Australia, Priscilla was involved in an accident where she sustained several facial fractures, and a significant scar.
“My surgeon and the awesome medical staff during my check-ins were highly curious as to how I was able to expedite my healing with such a quick decrease in inflammation and an increase in tissue and skin regeneration. My accident recovery given the severity (I opted out of surgery) served as further anecdotal evidence that food (and lifestyle) really is medicine”
View Priscilla’s documented journey on her Instagram @thrivewithpriscilla in highlights: Opened I, III and III.”
“I want women to feel empowered about their choices, their health, and to THRIVE. Working with our physiology during the hormonal phases we go through as women has profound outcomes. I look forward to creating personalised practical plans in partnership with you as we journey to surpass your goals on levels you may not have even thought were possible.”
Priscilla is from Sydney, Australia, and arrived in Hong Kong in 2005. She met her (Canadian) husband here, and later they had two children. With two puppies, Nulla and Luna they’ve completed their clan. They reside in a quaint little beach village surrounded by mountains by the sea.
When she’s not with her kids; or seeing clients, Priscilla loves recipe developing in her kitchen and weight training. She also researches and reviews the latest studies in PubMed. She is always sharpening her tools in her toolbox by engaging in further professional education, as this field of science is constantly evolving.