USING FOOD AS MEDICINE
Shonali’s contribution and mission for India is to create a market for the Macrobiotic diet lifestyle and an alternative holistic approach using food to heal the body. She started her Macrobiotic meal business in 2008; and has written three books The Beauty Diet, The Detox Diet, and The Love Diet. She strives to educate the Indian public to accept this unique approach to health and lifestyle; while also working with her clients abroad. She has a flourishing Counseling practice and applies her core skills as a holistic health practitioner. She is trained in the art of Oriental facial and meridian diagnosis (of all organs in the body) and is a Macrobiotic health Chef. With this skill set, she helps you to apply the Macrobiotic diet principles to your daily living: by first diagnosing your organs and then giving you a tailor-made diet. She has worked with ailments (over 1000 different cases) and helped reverse or keep them in remission. Her core specialization is in the field of cancer and irritable bowel disorders. Through her workshops, Shonali also seeks to educate you in creating and supporting a healthy fuller life. She will also be introducing a range of health products soon.
A MACROBIOTIC DIET CONSISTS OF
IN WHOLE GRAIN &
LOCALLY SOURCED VEGETABLES
“The Macrobiotic approach is ideally suited for the Indian environment as well as intrinsically in tune with its ethos”.
Shonali Sabherwal is India’s first Graduate and practicing Macrobiotic Counsellor/Chef/Instructor from The Kushi Institute (USA). She started her training under Mona Schwartz, one of the pioneers of the Macrobiotic Diet. This happened after Shonali’s father contracted prostate cancer and she was looking for a dietary practice to help him. The mantle of being a ‘cancer curing’ diet was given to Macrobiotics in the mid 70’s as it helped people recover and stay in remission from the most aggressive cancers, it assumed a celebrity status when Madonna adopted it as a diet.
Shonali believes disease is a result of the im-balance in the body caused by diet, lifestyle and emotions. This can be corrected via foods (used as medicine), changing lifestyle and using complementary therapies. We don’t need medication, and the body has the innate ability to even get off it and heal itself. Her USP is when she uses her body organs and meridian diagnostic skills combined with the chakra system (to analyse emotional triggers) to arrive at a prognosis for you.
Macrobiotics as an approach avoids foods that make for an imbalance in pH levels i.e., it seeks to achieve a balance between acid and alkaline blood condition and works towards creating strong immunity.
It helps one to keep their health condition stable, as it sticks to the principles of high fiber, low saturated fats, high mineral/vitamin content, low glycemic index foods, balance of sodium/potassium and acid/alkaline foods, inducing a whole variety of digestive enzymes with good fermented foods and introducing supplementation if necessary. She works closely with Oncologists/General practitioners/Ayurvedic doctors to complement her approach, making it inclusive.
Shonali writes voraciously for a lot of newspapers/publications; please look her up on google. She is on the advisory Board of Ecole Mondiale World School and is in phase two of their healthy canteen project. She has started her ‘Healthy Macro Kids’ program for schools all over Mumbai, wherein she gives talks to parents on raising healthy children. She has introduced a ‘Wellness Food’ menu as part of her repertoire of services for Wellness Health Spas and Restaurants; where she conceives, curates the menu and trains Chefs. She is soon to start her own product line.