We all go through feelings of sadness and low’s in our lives; but if these feelings persist over a long period of time (without joy) it spirals down into depression.

What causes depression?

Various reasons could push someone into depression: a genetic predisposition (that is a tendency for your parents to have had it), or loss of someone dear, or just the brains neurotransmitters not firing the way they should.

How does Shonali help?

On a depression diet, Shonali’s goal is restore the brains neurotransmitters via foods, and adding mood boosting foods to the diet; plus taking care of any precursors that might exist on a physical and mind front spiraling you into depression. 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.


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Rahul Kumar
Event Management

AGE 40

“I am a victim of depression, as my father too suffers from the same condition. It started during my youth, but at that point I would bounce back quickly, with moment of feeling low and blue all the time. However, once I cross 42 it took a turn for the worse, and now I am clinically depressed; as analyzed by a psychiatrist. While I did take a course of anti-depressants for a long time; I also realized that having a sound diet would really help me. I approached Shonali as I had read her book The Beauty Diet, in which she included a chapter on food for better moods. Her diet has managed my condition very well. Even though I am not out of this dark space, I am not on anti-depressants anymore, and manage my condition very well. I am thankful to her for showing me the path to keep myself light and somewhat joyful.”

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