Anti-Aging, simply put is beating the aging process, or delaying it.
What causes aging?
Aging, is simply a sign that the free radical damage in your body caused by the foods you eat and environmental exposure to toxins is high; and these toxins are gobbling up the nutrients in your good cells and creating toxicity in the body. Though there is a scientific definition as well: When your telomeres start fraying caused by free radical damage; these are the protein caps at the ends of your DNA (think of the ends of your shoelace) that protect your chromosomes.
What is Shonali's USP (Uniqueness)?
On an anti-aging diet, or on the beauty diet as Shonali calls it; she uses foods to aid cellular detoxification, therefore beating the aging process. She addresses poor nutrition, environmental factors, stress, and lifestyle; affect the shortening or fraying of telomeres. 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.
How does Shonali help?
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 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.