A detox actually means ‘cellular detoxification’ i.e., making your cells sweat out all accumulated toxins. You could have a built-up due to poor nutrition, lifestyle habits like smoking or drinking, exposure to environmental toxins and emotional toxins. Very often the word detox is misconstrued with a short-term approach to eating foods that make you lose weight or feel good temporarily.
Why do people need a detox?
Shonali believes one can be in a detox all the time; on a detox diet if one avoided foods that would overload the system, destroy friendly bacteria over time creating dysbiosis (bad bacteria, outweigh the good bacteria), and toxicity in the body at the cellular level. Her approach is just that, to help one stay in a ‘detox’ 24x7, keeping the good bacteria coming in, and creating a strong gut to handle the onslaught of times when one cannot be expected to eat optimally like when they are travelling or on the run, and have forgotten to plan meals.
How does Shonali help?
On a detox 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’) 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.