Hello there! Here’s a little background about my personal journey on how I decided to become a Nutritionist | Coach, turn my passion into a profession and lead a life full of meaning and purpose.
Food, Cooking and Health have been a huge part of my life lately, although it wasn’t always the case. Food and cooking may be yes, but health-NOT REALLY. I’ve been one of those who couldn’t think of life without junk food. Instant noodles, pastas, pizzas, chips, fried food, chocolates, cakes and chinese takeaways were my jam(the list could go on). Little did I know I was laying the groundwork for a troublesome future. But they say, “It is not the tragedy itself that defines your life, it is how you deal with it”. So here how the story unfolds…
How did I get here?
In 2013, my husband and I moved to Singapore from Mumbai, India where I was born and bred by my loving parents and family. Couple of years into moving and 5 years into having built a decent career in advertising something just wasn’t right. I was tired and exhausted at all times, distracted, nutrient deficient, lacked energy, groggy mornings, kept putting on weight, constipated, bloated, had irregular and painful periods, digestive issues, acid reflux, stressed and anxious at most times. I was also diagnosed with polycystic ovarian syndrome (cysts in my ovaries). My hormones were going berserk which lead me into depression for…, well I cannot even recall for how long. It left me unhappy with my job, my career, my relationships and my life. I started questioning every decision that cost me my health while continuing to feel miserable. Times like these, it is impossible to think through things clearly, but there was one thing I could identify clearly......
“This isn’t the life I wish to live and it has to end now”.
It was the October of 2016 when I decided to take the leap of faith, quit my job and take off on a solo soul-searching trip to Vietnam for my birthday. I just wanted to be away from all the clutter and chaos of the fast-paced hamster-caged life and slow down to listen to my thoughts, feelings and emotions. Sometimes one just needs a little bit of self-pampering. Kid you not, I returned a new person. I found my spontaneous self which once back from the trip helped me discover answers to questions I had been asking myself for years.
1. What about myself am I not happy with and needs a change?
2. What do I truly enjoy doing?
3. Am I decent at it, if not amazing? ;)
4. Can I help others with it?
In a nutshell, it gave me the strength to change gears and put a lot of things into perspective.
Once back, to action on my first question, I worked with a nutritionist to help me shed those extra kilos of baggage I was weighing myself down with for years. She gave a meal plan to follow for 3 months, which included 5 home cooked meals a day and 1 restaurant meal per week.
Thereon, I started investing more time into meal planning, cooking my meals from scratch. In a span of 3 months, I experienced a healthy weight loss of 7kilos (15.5 pounds). My hormones started behaving, periods started getting back to regular and less painful. On a personal level, this new lifestyle had dramatic positive effects not only physically but also mentally. My energy levels were back in action, my nutrient deficiencies and digestive issues disappeared. I was waking up fresh, reduced fatigue, constipation and bloating. I could manage my stress well and was able to face everyday challenges with strength, positivity and optimism. Life, in short, was great! I couldn’t believe the effects, eating right and discipline can have on your body, mind and soul. Things started getting better in every aspect of life and i continued on the path of cooking for good health and recovery.
This also helped to answer my 2nd question, Cooking-my true calling. I couldn’t and still can’t thank my mom enough to have taught me and passed on her amazing skills right from the time I was 14. It is her hard work back then that makes it so enjoyable and easy for me today. Subsequently, I was intrigued and eager to learn more about cooking with health-promoting ingredients and how it can help heal lifestyle conditions in addition to weight loss just like it did for me. After months of researching for a good institute, i came across the Academy of Culinary Nutrition which opened my eyes to a whole new world of Culinary Arts, Nutrition, Health and Wellness. It provided an in-depth certification program in culinary nutrition that offers both practical, everyday, natural cooking skills as well as a deeper exploration into the therapeutic properties of the foods we eat and preparation techniques to gain maximum nutrients. It also dives deep into all the
non-food lifestyle habits and especially the huge role our mind and emotions play in our health and well-being.
So just like that, answers to question 3 & 4 unfolded.
Fast-forward to today, here I am, a healthy happy me, a proud Nutritionist Coach & Culinary Instructor, following my passion, living a purposeful life ready to inspire others to regain control of their Eating & Lifestyle habits thereby helping them achieve their Health Goals.
If I can do it, ANYONE can! I mean this in all honesty.
Before you check out my services I’d like to share with you one of my favourite quotes from Dr. Mark Hyman...
“Cooking is a truly transformational act. The closer we can get to the food we eat, the shorter the link between field and fork, the better off we will all be. Taking back our kitchens and embracing the act of cooking real food is probably the single-most important thing that any one person can do [for the health of their body, mind and soul].”
Are you ready to let me help you create a vibrant and healthy life for yourself?
Get in touch now to begin your journey towards good health and happiness.