Interviewed by The Success Today – A Digital Webzine.
Could you tell us about yourself and your work?
The subject of nutrition has always attracted me. Combining my love for food, my interest in how the human body works, and my desire to be helpful made studying nutrition a natural for me. I firmly believe learning never stops, especially in this field where it is crucial to keep up with the advancing discoveries. It was one of the biggest reasons why I chose to pursue my master’s in Human Applied Nutrition amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, despite having a full-time set up as a freelancing dietitian. Here’s a list of my educational qualifications:
MSC. Human Applied Nutrition.
PGD. Applied Nutrition and Dietetics.
Dip.Dietetics, Health and Nutrition.
Dip.Obesity Management and Slimming Therapies
Cert. Child Care Nutrition.
Cert.Sports and Fitness Nutrition
Cert.Clinical Nutrition Certification
But I do believe that what truly defines me is my work! With my private set-up, I have been practising diet counselling for the last six years (since 2016). I plan customised diet plans for each individual that best suit them to achieve their goal, my speciality is weight loss and obesity management while also working on improving an individual’s therapeutic conditions.
How do you think your service is helping society?
I believe every nutritionist or dietitian needs to understand that the most crucial aspect of planning a diet plan is its diversity and moderation. I believe in educating and emphasising how an individual can consume all types of food while making healthier choices that help not only to cope with therapeutic illnesses such as diabetes, hypertension, PCOS, and so on but also aid in healing them.
Although the main goal of my service is to ensure that patients/individuals become healthier, fitter, and stronger while following my diet plans, it extends to educating them to understand the importance of making the right choices in their dietary habits and lifestyle, which would help them achieve overall fitness.
What are your vision and mission?
I believe in focusing on a lifestyle change that will last forever and have a positive impact instead of following diets with expiration dates. With dedication, hard work, integrity, and sincerity, I aim to make life on this earth a healthier life.
I always review a person’s medical history, current symptoms, medications, supplements, exercise routine, weight, eating habits, allergies, and dietary patterns and then plan diets that are safe and effective for them to achieve their goals. I have a good understanding of nutrition science and a keen interest in the effect of diet on one’s health. My strong communication and interpersonal skills enable me to explain complex issues and theories in nutrition counselling and help individuals better understand eating practices that are healthier for them. Good nutrition isn’t just about what food you eat but also understanding how it affects you on a physiological and behavioural level. It is crucial to eliminate blood sugar level fluctuations, cope with emotional or stress eating, and understand your body’s needs when it comes to cravings. With a focus on weight loss and obesity management, my educational background and six years of work experience in a variety of nutrition-related fields, including therapeutic nutrition, sports and fitness nutrition, and childcare nutrition, enable me to assist people in achieving their objectives while establishing lifelong healthy eating habits free of crash diets, fads, or artificial supplements.
What are your achievements in this industry?
For me, it is the sense of joy and achievement that my patients feel when they accomplish their set goals that is my biggest achievement. Nothing matters more than a patient and how they feel.
Speaking from a felicitation point of view, my most recent achievement would be the Health Icons award for 2021–2022 for the ‘Best in Nutrition’ bestowed by the PUNE TIMES MIRROR.
Another notable achievement amongst many would-be an Appreciation Award from “Beti Bachao Beti Padhao Charitable Trust-India” for my contribution as a dietitian.
Does your work ever feel tedious to you? If so, how do you stay driven and motivated towards it?
Any profession or job can get hectic or tedious at some point. My work involves long sedentary hours of diet counselling that can get stressful and time-consuming at times, but it is so rewarding in itself that it keeps me driven. My passion to see people adopt a good relationship with food also gives me an interest in working in this field.
Watching my patients achieve their set goals while adapting to a healthier lifestyle is my biggest source of motivation. The little things that count—a weight check update with a smile when they have done well; a sense of relief they exhibit when their therapeutic parameters are met; the confidence they experience when they accept their bodies as they are and work towards making them healthier and stronger; or an instance when they decide against temptation.
What are your hobbies and specific interests other than your profession?
Honestly, work is too hectic to spare time for a hobby, but I always try to do something that interests me every day. It could be a good meal with my family at the dinner table, a movie night, or sometimes just time spent with friends or family socialising, playing board games, and talking to each other. In my spare time, I usually read something, sometimes binge-watch a series, and pamper myself at the spa or salon. My other interests are travelling, cooking, arts and crafts, theme parks, gardening, and dancing. I am always up for trying something new!
You have achieved so much in life. Any specific advice you’d like to share with our readers to grow in life?
Nothing can be accomplished overnight. It takes practise, dedication, hard work and experience to make it. Take it one step at a time. It may seem insignificant at the time, but when you eventually look back, you will realise how far you have come. Rejoice in every achievement, no matter how small it is, and more importantly, enjoy the journey. Lastly and most notably, never be too proud-it makes you ignorant. Remember, no one can know it all. There is always room for improvement and new accomplishments!
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