Using nutrition to improve an athlete’s performance
What is Shonali's USP (Uniqueness)?
Sports Nutrition is very different from a normal diet as the demands of any individual or athlete is very different. On a sports nutrition diet, Shonali has successfully managed her clients taking care of their basic diets and building in foods that give optimal performance. She makes sure there is no build-up of toxicity in the body on a food-front that will pull her athletes down. Instead she brings in enzymes, vegan protein blends, sports gels all made with normal natural foods that help boost performance. She has worked with mother of Sacchitt Sharma tennis pro winner of the under 14 Wimbeldon title and Aanya Sinhwalla State level swimmer and winner of 1 gold, 2 silvers and 1 bronze and many other athletes.
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.
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.
“We credit the entire success of her Competitive Swimming to Shonali’s guidance. This holistic life approach helped us make sure that Aanya could train hard twice a day and yet have the energy and ability to focus her mind on studies and other co-curricular activities.”