A condition when the body’s response to insulin is impaired. This basically means that the body uses glucose (main source of energy) from food you eat, to get into the cells; when the body’s insulin response is not functioning at optimum, this fails to happen; glucose stays in your body causing health problems.
What causes diabetes?
When the body’s response to insulin is not normal over a long period of time, you get diabetes. However, you can also have juvenile diabetes; which is a result of a genetic predisposition; or gestational diabetes due to a pregnancy.
How does Shonali help?
On a diabetes diet, Shonali’s approach relies on the tenets of Macrobiotic philosophy: using the oriental system of ‘facial diagnosis,’ and touch meridian diagnosis (if needed) to analyze the strength and health of your organs.Her framework (like Ayurveda) relies on using the foundation of analyzing your constitution (that which you were born with: blueprint from your parents) and condition (that which you have created growing up). Macrobiotic philosophy uses the ‘yin’ and ‘yang’ elements of ‘energy’ or ‘prana’ to help her diagnose everything you are or do. This is her training and USP and how she actually zeroes in on your diagnosis and further prognosis.
She uses the food tools and the principles of the Macrobiotic approach to aim at: strengthening your gut, detoxify you of all the accumulated toxins (‘ama’ in Ayurveda plus any accumulation of bad gut bacteria causing ‘dysbiosis’ i.e., when bad bacteria outweigh the beneficial ones) and balance the body’s pH. Her approach is to make you identify the toxins you are consuming from foods, the environment and your lifestyle; and get rid of them. Plus bring in food-elements to clean up your gut to help you detoxify. She then layers this with the use of holistic natural everyday foods; using her knowledge of balancing the ‘foods’ and ‘cooking styles’ used to give you the required strength to overcome your ailment and encourage balance. Shonali’s programme has impacted this condition to teach people to manage their sugar levels via foods and change in lifestyle habits. Such that they either get off their insulin, keep their blood sugar levels (when on insulin) under check, or get rid if diabetes completely.
Shonali is based in Mumbai, but is practicing online in over 20 countries. She is the only one who works with you, and there are no assistants or other nutritionists between you and her. She conducts her own follow ups and meetings personally; as she believes turning your health condition around is a ‘personal’ business; and only she has been trained to diagnose your condition and monitor the progress one-on-one. The macrobiotic approach is integrative, alternative and comes under the branch of lifestyle medicine, using foods as medicine to reverse and cure your health ailment/disease.
Number of Cases26
AGE 75"I weighed 117 kilos and was on insulin 4 times a day. I had given up on my life when I met Shonali. Her positivity towards me, filled me with energy. She said give me a year to bring my weight down and take me off the insulin. So I lay all my faith and trusted in her. For one year I followed her prescribed diet, with timings and instructions. She was always in touch and stayed on top of my diet. Her involvement in my kitchen with the chef who was cooking for me, and my primary caretaker at that time (my son) was amazing. I soon started requiring less and less insulin, as my sugars were getting back to normal levels. She made me keep a diary and monitor my sugar levels constantly. Month after month I saw my weight drop, my clothes got looser. In one year I was off my insulin and came down to 65 kilos. That is a total weight loss of 52 kilos. I felt healthy, normal. I live in the US and have started living my life all over again, I drive, shop, climb up and down the stairs of my house. I feel alive, all thanks to Shonali’s way of life."