Leptin is released by your fat cells, and often called the satiety hormone. Symptoms include feeling tired, hungry and sick most times, indicative of low immunity. If not isolated as a cause for gaining weight; then all diets fail you.
What causes being leptin resistant?
Most times in Shonali’s opinion it is caused by chronic inflammation in the body and/or elevated fatty acids; which come about due to poor nutrition choices, over use of antibiotics, stress, and lifestyle.
What is Shonali's USP (Uniqueness)?
On a leptin resistance diet, Shonali works by controlling your inflammation, as this itself is a big trigger; then she restores balance by working with elements in your diet that restore normal leptin levels. Her main focus is food and working towards setting up the foundation to support the brain and neurotransmitters. Her 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.
“After being on yo-yo diets for all my life, I finally found an approach that worked and made me aware of the problem of being leptin resistant. Not many people in this business are ‘compassionate’ and that is her (Shonali) strongest trait. She is a natural nurturer, born to be in this field.”