Gout / Uric Acid

Gout is a pain-related condition (usually joints and starts with the toe) linked to high uric acid levels in the body.

What causes gout?

It comes under the umbrella of arthritis, so is an inflammatory condition. Usually it can attack any joint, but starts at the toe. A joint could get swollen, tender, and painful due to the build-up of urate acid crystals.

How does Shonali help?

On a gout diet, Shonali works with the kidneys, as usually the kidneys are responsible to throw the uric acid from you body (if in excess). 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. She starts by cleaning out the blood condition using foods, strengthening kidney function by adding kidney-building foods. She also helps isolate foods high in a certain type of protein that triggers high uric acid levels.

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.

Gout / Uric Acid

Number of Cases


Lorraine Fernandez

AGE 38

“I started having gout from the age of 35, its started with my toe first; terrible unbearable pain, with repeated attacks. For treatment, my doctor gave me gout medicine. I also knew that somehow eating shellfish and drinking beer would always put me in an attack. I am a foodie, and knew that I had to curb my enthusiasm for meats, shellfish and beer. That’s when I approached Shonali, I have stayed on her diet plan for 3 years now. My attacks have been nil in the last one year. It took a year of being on her diet, for them to disappear. I am happy I found this path to eating.”


AGE 52

"I am 52 years old, and been suffering with gout (high uric acid levels) for the last 10 years of my life. Shonali met me 10 years ago, and started working with me on a diet and lifestyle (which included exercise) to bring my uric acid levels under control. I realized when I stayed on her plan, I always did well and my levels were okay. But whenever I veered away from the diet, my uric acid levels would rise and cause me pain in some joint or the other. Her approach was simple to follow, and easy to manage, despite me being a bachelor. She helped to get it all together for my cook as well. This was a real big help. I am fine now, and follow her approach about 80% to keep healthy."

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