CHRONIC FATIGUE SYNDROME (CFS)
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) is characterized by extreme fatigue, for which doctors sometimes have no real explanation. The fatigue a person undergoes; spills into insomnia and lethargy and affects mental alertness. There are no real tests to diagnose your condition, but some of the symptoms include: loss of memory, fatigue, extreme lethargy, sleeplessness, joint or muscle pain, sore throat, constant allergies, mental fogginess, headaches and sometimes enlarged lymph nodes (neck and armpits).
What causes CFS?
CFS happens to people who over-exhaust their adrenal glands, due to any number of factors. These could range from emotional, psychological and physical stress: viral infections, immune system issues, hormonal imbalance, depression, increased work load, sleeplessness, over-exercise, leaky-gut syndrome and many more reasons.
How does Shonali help?
On a chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) diet, Shonali addresses CFS via analyzing a person’s over-exhausted adrenal function. Basically the adrenal glands, which sit on top of your kidneys, need to be boosted in order to get you out of this problem. 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 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.
CHRONIC FATIGUE SYNDROME (CFS)
Number of Cases24
AGE 32“I had unexplained pain in my muscle and joints; plus insomnia. Dark circles around my eyes was something I had from the age of 20; I thought it was just hereditary, until I met Shonali who explained this was my kidney zone represented on my face and showed low kidney and adrenal function. Till then I did not even know what adrenals meant and that they were actually organs in the human body. I was use to eating a certain way for 20 plus years: egg and toast every morning, miss lunch and eat a late dinner. Sometimes snacking in bread again in the evening. I learnt how to eat real food for the first time in my life; Shonali introduced me to a range of new foods easy to adapt which made my CFS disappear.”