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Relief or Ransom???

Yes I know you all are thinking what’s this all about? This is very different from the topics she writes on. Well, I have been thinking to do this since long and finally today is the day. You will come to know what’s this about as you read on. I know its long but hang in there.

As a full-time practising Holistic Nutritionist & Natural health counsellor I come across many (almost 90%) clients who come to me as the last resource after trying “everything under the sun” like literally after spending not only their hard-earned money but their energy as well as peace of mind.

Trust me, I have very high regards for all the “Health care Professionals”- Doctors,nurses, dieticians, surgeons, pathologists, pharmacists and so on who practice ethically and guide their patients with “True to the time” knowledge and treatment. I have many in my family ūüôā

It is ironic to see “malpractice” in a place where one goes with full faith of getting better. Doctors just prescribing medicines after medicines without going to the root of the problem. If one medicine doesn’t ¬†work the patient is put on another one saying “this will definitely show results”.No advise on dietary and lifestyle changes is given what so ever or to add to the dilemma dietary advises are given by those who are not well read in the subject of nutrition. Dieticians prescribing same age-old diet plan without upgrading on the recent nutrition research like excluding egg yolk in the diet etc. And this is not limited to human care. It’s worst in animal care genre and why not, after all “Yeh kutta/billi/gai/Bakra thodi bolega kya ho raha hai?” – Translation:- “The dog/cat/cow/goat will not be able to tell whats happening to them.” Antibiotics after antibiotics are prescribed for pets without proper investigation and poor pet parents, who do not have any knowledge about such things, blindly trust the doctors and keep shelling out money in desperation of saving their fur babies.

case 1: I had a client who came to me 3 months back in desperation of loosing weight because she was trying to conceive for which all possible “check ups” and tests were done FIRST and she was finally asked to loose weight to help her conceive. Don’t you think it would have been more feasible & economical for her if she was rather advised to loose weight and eat right first and see if that worked before putting her through bijillion uncomfortable tests? At least for non complicated cases this should be the right protocol. what say? Several research confirms PCOD/PCOS which is one of the major cause in conception issues can be managed well through proper holistic diet and scientific exercise program.

Case 2: A close friend of mine was going to join a new company for which ¬†he was asked to get a complete medical check done. The night before he went for the test he feasted on mutton biriyani and sweets and before that for 3 days continuously he was feasting as it was a friend’s wedding. Next day morning his blood was drawn for blood test. His blood sugar and cholesterol reports came messed up- (Obviously). Without asking him about his previous day’s diet recall or medical history or family history the doctor immediately prescribed him cholesterol lowering “STATIN” medication to a fairly young man, 25 yrs of age. He than came to me with the reports and as surprised as I could be since I knew he was regular with his workouts and proper diet, i asked him to give me his 3 days diet recall. i recommended him to Detox, change his diet for a month and continue his workouts and get another blood test done a month later. This time the reports were all normal.

By the way new studies confirm Cholesterol is not a threat. Click here

I can go on and on with such examples but I hope you got the point.

All I am saying here is that practice of prescribing medicines and getting lab tests done from “a particular lab” even if the patient has recent reports as soon as some form of discomfort is noted is increasing day by day. What different is this than asking “RANSOM”???It would be so much more “Ethical” and “Humane” to work in the right path by associating the right professionals together to bring the right solution. This will happen when the patients/consumers will start learning about the truth (at least the basics) and not blindly trust anything that any professional says. Start asking questions until you get a satisfactory answer.

Here is a note about an “ETHICAL” Doctor’s Dilemma that came floating a few weeks back on my whats app:-

Doc note

I would like to add to this that they eat and drink all of the above + alcohol, smoking and lot more and when a dietitian prescribes them vitamin and mineral supplements they say “Ummmm…. are those really necessary?? Actually I would like to go the Natural way.” ¬†And one more, “No offence my Doctor readers but this is happening day in day out. As soon as one is diagnosed with Hypothyroidism that person is asked to stop eating peanuts, cabbage,broccoli etc by the doc. Why not ask them to stop BISCUITS, pastries, pizzas, burgers and the like first and ask them to start exercising for better metabolism. After all thyroid is there for Metabolism, isn’t it?”

Lastly, Kudos to all the medical professionals who genuinely want to help their patients by keeping their well-being as utmost priority for which ¬†these professionals make sure to upgrade their “professional” knowledge from time to time and pass that on to their patients/clients in the form of “True to the time” treatment. These are the professionals who don’t hesitate to recommend alternative care to their patients to help them recover sooner, better & with least side effects. I know quiet a few of these guys which keeps my faith going in healthcare but I would definitely like to see more ūüôā

And advise to you all ,please use common sense when it comes to your health and wellness. As Dr. Mercola states in one of his FB posts “STOP being fooled by the common money grab. Arm yourself with information so you can take control of your health”. Do not let them put “Profits” before “People”. “Jaago grahak Jaago.”

Not to bore you any further here is a link to the latest money-making hack going around. Do read it :-



Since the time that mankind is present on this earth, the natural diet of humans has been food that could be hunted, fished, gathered or plucked. As my main topic today is “GRAINS” I would only be focussing on talking about them as foods that were plucked – “seasonal fruits and veggies” is another topic altogether to discuss which is beyond the limit of this discussion. I will save my next post for that.

So, coming to GRAINS (The so called “Good Carbs”)

Man rarely ever consumed cereal grains up until about 10,000 years ago. With the increase in population the supply of the natural resources became more limited, thus it became necessary to provide supplementary means of nourishment and thus agriculture was born 10,000 years ago.

The eight cereal grains (wheat, corn, rice, barley, sorghum, oats, rye and millet) provide 56% of the calories and 50% of the protein consumed on this planet.

On one hand we would not have cities, civilisations and industrialisation without cereal grains, on the other hand cereal grains are a nutritional compromise. Today if we take away rice, wheat and corn almost 1/2 the people on this planet will not eat. The decreasing supplies of our ancestral natural diet of wild animals and wild plants, along with huge increase in the planet’s population has made agriculture a necessity for survival.

Cereal grains are not nearly as healthy , nor as nutritionally complete, nor as perfectly suited to our ancient digestive wiring as the foods that these grains have replaced. Ex. milk and cereals in place of bacon and eggs for breakfast.

The health complications and implications of eating a diet high in cereal grains, way different from the diet that we were designed to eat are recently beginning to be understood.

As Dr.Loren Cordain points out, humans have had little time since inception of agricultural revolution 10,000 yrs ago to adapt to the new food type.

Whole grains are not really any better.
Grains have a host of nutritional shortcomings. It’s finally coming to light that the refined grains which constitute most of our cereals, pastas, and breads – are absolutely useless nutritionally.

The researchers are¬†not 100% sure that the so-called “whole” grains are any¬†better. No grain can be eaten in a completely unrefined state. No one plucks wheat from ground and starts eating.All grains need¬†to be milled and ground to some degree, one reason being that in their natural state they contain many “anti nutrients” called “Phytates” that interfere with the absorption and assimilation of nutrients in the grains, especially the absorption of essential minerals.¬†As compared to the refined grains whole grains have been less processed and milled therefore they contain more of bran the outer coating of the grains providing fibre for the diet.

Most of the¬†“whole grains”¬† on the cereal¬†packages are fibre lightweights. Its rare to find a cereal with 5g of fibre per serving–most have 1or 2 g fibre per serving ,making it a pretty bad nutritional bargain.

Now comes something crucial “Gluten Issue”. Gluten is a primary component of grains such as barley, rye, oats, and especially wheat. One of the seven top allergens in the diet is wheat. Amongst doctors, nutritionists and naturopaths who practice integrative and functional medicines, their one of the first dietary orders for patients who have multiple complaints is to take them off wheat, dairy and sugar. Dr. Jonny calls Grains the Starch “juggernauts”as almost all of them raise the blood sugar and insulin quickly.

In my personal experience with my clients suffering from high, uncontrolled sugar, allergy issue, fat loss issues etc, putting them off wheat,dairy and sugar allowing only limited gluten free varieties of carb sources , high protein, high fat diet show excellent results within 3 months.

Make a choice out of millets ragi, bajra and jowar. Oats can also be a better choice as they are least processed.ūüėÄIt is advisable to choose the less processed variety, such as Steel-cut oats or old fashioned rolled oats, to get full health benefits .

Stay tuned, stay updated, stay fitūüėÄ


** The above information is for educational purposes only. Consult your doctor for specific medical advice, diagnosis and treatment. **



Bowden,J, Ph.D.,C.N.S(2007). The 150 Healthiest foods on earth. Pp:74-75 Beverly,M. A: Fair Winds Press.

The urge from within… health while on vacation





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I am back from my wonderful vacation which I got to¬†take after 2 and 1/2 long years of busy schedule. This was my vacation from “literally” everything my work, workouts, playing with shera ūüė¶ [for those who don’t know- Shera is my 1 yr 6 months Great Dane) and my dancing. ¬†It was really nice to see my family and friends in the USA after a long time. Spent quality time with all of them. ¬†Upon returning back my friends (the few with a gorgeous heart ūüėČ ) surprised me with a trip to kerela – Located in southern India. There I was – another beautiful vacation this time with my friends.

Now that all this is done, I am back to my routine of work, regular workouts (starting back with light weight to slowly get back to normal) and of course playing with my boy :D.

The main point of this post is “GETTING BACK ON TRACK POST VACATION”.

How many of you have said this to yourself ¬†after returning from vacation ” Dude I need another vacation to get over this vacation.”?

Most of us lazy out to get back to “exercising” and “sensible eating” post a little longer than a 2 day break from these.

The question here is how badly you want it??? How bad do you want to get fit? How crazy are you about being healthy with a perfect body?

Getting back into routine has to come from within. Vacation or no vacation, the drive to be healthy and beautiful should come from within and stay brightly burning throughout.

Even though you cannot go for regular workouts, when you watch what you are eating even while on vacation BOOM!!!! 1st step covered. Did I do that you may ask? Yup I did. I call it “SENSIBLE” eating. I tried all the delicacies (INCLUDING CHEESE CAKE YUM YUM!! ūüėõ ) of the places i visited but I followed 2 main rules

1) I ate only when I was hungry (following my 2 1/2 hr pattern)

2)  I ate as much as I could no overeating in greed of not getting the same food later.

Follow these 2 simple rule of thumb and you will maintain what you achieved  in the GYM back home.

Yes, you can but only when you have the urge/drive to do so. When you follow these basic rules while on vacation you will no longer have to “worry” about doing those “extra” calorie burning on the treadmill or living on “soups and salads” after reaching back home or “man I so don’t want to go to work” because you will be fully relaxed, no bloating due to over eating and no weight gain and best is you will feel fresh and content.

So now that vacation times are coming near especially in India with the festive season starting from next week YOU KNOW WHAT TO DO ūüėČ




Sweet Potato….. sweetheart….

Sweet potatoes do not belong to the potato family. They belong to the morning glory family. They are sweet, dark and full of antioxidants (the good stuff that fights the bad guys developed in our body due to day to day stress and environmental factors).

Reasons to eat em:-

1. Even though it is starchy, it is rich in fiber and powerful antioxidants from the carotenoid family, especially beta-carotene.

2. Loaded with heart healthy potassium, vitamin A and also contain calcium. An article in the Journal of agriculture and food chemistry found that extract from sweet potato has cancer fighting properties.

3. Sweet potato contain phytochemicals like quercetin, a powerful anti-inflammatory.

4. It contain Chlorogenic acid, an antioxidant.

5. 1 medium size sweet potato has only 103 calories. (remember medium)

6. Not recommended for diabetics but if you do not have any high blood sugar issues ( weight related or diabetes), these guys are great for you.

7. If you are a daily workout person than a medium boiled sweet potato along with a grilled chicken or grilled fish and green veggies is a perfect post workout meal.

Choose them and serve them with steamed broccoli. Yes even to your kids. Remember kids like to try colorful stuff. Make it as colorful and presentable as possible and main thing is “EAT THEM YOUR SELF” ¬†because kids learn by observing adults.


1.  Bowden, J, Ph.D., C.N.S, (2007). The 150 Healthiest Foods on Earth,Beverly,M.A.: Fair Winds Press.

“You are what you eat & absorb”.

We have all heard the saying “You are what you eat”. But, “you are what you eat and absorb” is the one that caught my attention yesterday at the Neulife- roadshow, Bangalore. This was spoken by Jay Jacobson when he was providing his valuable inputs about various supplements especially the latest one The Optimum Nutrition Hydro Builder.

Well this article is not about the supplements and i will not go that route. I will focus on this statement “YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT AND ABSORB”.

When i start talking about “healthy” eating and “healthy” food choices with my clients, many a times they jump off their chairs telling me ” but Radhika I always eat roti, sabzi, daal, chawal and i think that is pretty healthy. I do not eat fried foods and no sweets at all. It’s just that I need to lose these love handles and i will be good to go”.

Remember friends, just because you are eating roti, sabzi,daal, chawal doesn’t mean that your body is absorbing all the nutrients present in that food. There are a lot of factors that come into play when we look at proper absorption.

How is the food prepared?

1) Were the vegetables cut up and left in the refrigerator overnight? yup loss of some essential vitamins there.
2) Was the cooked food left for over 2 hrs and then reheated? Again, loss of important nutrients.
3) Are the roti, sabzi, daal and chawal prepared fresh for every meal??? I have seen people preparing entire week’s meal and freezing it (in separate containers with labels for each day and meal- heights). I would tell such a person to not eat at all rather then¬†eating such “lifeless” food.
3)The vegetable that was prepared was seasonal or hybrid product? For sure this matters.
4) How much pesticide laden were the food products? Are you sure about this? None of us are unless we decide to go ORGANIC (will talk about ORGANIC pretty soon :>) and so i recommend supplements.
5) Are we at a peaceful state of mind while eating? Very, Very important for proper absorption, assimilation and elimination.

So, you see these are just a few of the many factors that play a major role in our digestion process (Ingestion, digestion, absorption and elimination). We might be eating the healthiest of foods available to us but if our digestion and absorption is faulty than the body is not gaining any health giving nutrients from the food we eat.
So the main thing to look at when you are trying to gain,loose or maintain weight, or looking to have a beautiful, glowing, pimple free skin, is to make your digestion strong and effective.

Remember, this is proven¬†by several researches that diet plays 70% role and exercise plays 30% role in achieving a “complete state of health” . A proper balanced diet (for optimum digestion), a good exercise¬†regimen¬†and enough rest are the prescription of “naturally” being healthy inside out.

I am happy to see the dietitians getting some importance today in our country but it is still not as respected and this is what makes me a little sad.

There is plenty of help out there. There are professionals willing to help you gain back your health and vitality but they cannot do it until you let them.

Take charge of your health. Put some time in looking for a nutrition expert in your city or wherever convenient and pick the one who “really” understands your needs and makes you feel “comfortable”.

Just a few simple diet and lifestyle changes will take you a long way. You will be able to add “life” to your years.

Love and respect thy “Stomach”

Every time¬†I go to any social lunch or dinner event I am bombarded with comments like “what you eat? No wonder you are so skinny,” or “come on girl, it’s your stomach teach it to get more and soon you will be eating like us. ” or even worst ” Apna pet samajh ke kha yaar.”¬† Exactly, it is¬†my stomach so i should know to respect its working and digesting capacity and not load it up with all the things my tongue desires. But, majority of people are just doing that. Their sense of taste is ¬†their “boss”.¬†¬† Let’s learn to love and respect our very important organ STOMACH.

Just imagine making a rangoli. If your hand shivers and shakes then how can you even make one straight line???? So if the beginning is¬† faulty then how can you get a perfect rangoli??? In the same way, our stomach is the site of the first stage of digestion. If the first stage is faulty, imagine what will happen to the digestive process??? Ever thought about it???? Let’s do it….

Most of the digestive disorders either begin from the stomach or at least are first noted there. According to ayurveda, the condition of our stomach indicates our state of contentment, nourishment and happiness. Stomach is a very sensitive organ and is easily disturbed by wrong eating habits like wrong food choices, overeating when like something and not eating properly when don’t like it or worst is skipping meals. Stomach’s job is also disrupted due to stress and other emotional disturbances. Vomiting, acidity, ulcers, bloating, constipation, diarrhea are some of the problems that arise from faulty stomach function (Frawley,2008).

We never pay attention to the screaming , yelling and crying of our stomach. We have quick fixes like sodas, antacids and laxatives to take care of that. We eat all the junk available around  us and then rely on these quick fixes on a daily basis which are harmful in the long run.

What is overeating? Overeating simply means eating much more than our body’s ability to digest. It does not just mean eating wrong foods or eating even after you are full.¬†Our stomach has the fire or power to digest at a particular time. If the stomach lacks this fire to digest at a particular time, then even a healthy balanced meal or a fruit will amount to overeating. So, overeating is not only eating too much food but eating it at the wrong times.

Say bye bye to the life of not eating anything through out the  day and then hogging at dinner time. This is brutal for our stomach.

Dietitian Rujuta Diwekar has explained this in a wonderful way in her book ” Don’t lose your mind, loose your weight”.

Rujuta¬†explains¬†that it’s like hiring staff to work a 9 to 5 shift and giving them hardly any work till the end of the shift and suddenly loading them with all the work possible. These kind of bosses do not receive any respect from their staff and this also causes loss of productivity, creativity and loss of health of the organisation ( Diwekar,2009, pg 47).

To keep the digestive fire active and digestion proper, experts suggest the following :

  • Disciplined lifestyle:
  1. Do not skip any meal. 3 main meals and 2 in between meal snack is the ideal way to go.
  2. Try to eat slowly, savoring each bite as you go along.
  3. Pay attention to your overeating “threshold”.
  4. Do not watch T.V. while eating.
  5. Don’t starve just eat healthy nutritious foods.
  6. Try to eat at the same time everyday.
  • Indulge in regular exercise
  • Be positive and Optimistic

** The above information is for educational purposes only. There is absolutely no intension to diagnose, prevent, treat or cure any health problems or diseases. Consult your doctor for specific medical advice, diagnosis and treatment, advice on diet, herb and exercise.**


1. Frawley,D. DR (2008). Ayurvedic Healing- A Comprehensive Guide. Delhi, India: Motilal banarsidass Publishers PVT.LTD.

2. Diwekar, R (2009). Don’t lose your mind, Lose your weight. Delhi, India: Random house Publishers India Pvt. Ltd.