Dhaka, Bangladesh
Eat for success

Eat for success

A Delhi girl, she started counting calories at a very young age. Tired of being obese, she started applying self-devised weight-loss techniques on herself as a student of Modem School, Barakhamba Road. That set off her journey as a nutritionist. She refused to sit for MBBS entrance exams and took advanced degrees in food and nutrition from Lady Irwin College instead. Despite a productive career as a nutritionist in the preventive cardiology unit of Escorts Heart Institute, Delhi, she decided to go beyond hospital diet charts. In 2001, powered by research and clinical experience, she set up Whole Foods, a one- stop shop for nutrition needs. FOOD PHILOSOPHY o Result is not the end-point. You should know exactly what you are eating and why. o Eat according to your body type, your family history and your personal medical issues: Obesity, diabetes, heart o India, no dinner starts before 10p.m. o Indian meals revolve round carbohydrates All meals include too much rice and too many chapattis. o Although primarily vegetarians. diseases or any other disorder. Indians don't eat enough vegetables. - Food availability o Both Body and economic affluence have altered Indian eating habits adversely. There is too much food available all around us. o Indians are socially insensitive and tend to force people to eat. o We don't addre the need for good health and focus merely on cosmel changes. Mass Index or measuring height and weight to estimate body fat, as well as Waist Hip Ratio, or waist girth by hip girth that also predicts heart disease risk, are crucial. Indians tend to store fat on the abdomen, which is much more dangerous than fat anywhere else. o Don't eat large and late meals. In No fad diets, no chart& Just sustainable diet plans that can be integrated into one's daily life. Though everyone calls her a nutritionist, she is an allopathic doctor first. The Delhi girl studied at Modern School, Vasant Vihar, did her MBHS degree from Maulana Mad Medical College. But a lifelong interest in a natural and healthy way of life made her realise her true calling: Preventive medicine. It drove her to study ayurveda and to float her own clinics, where the first session with a patient lasts for over an hour as she diagnoses clinically the medical needs of patients and analyses their body constitution. The diet prescription is devised along with her team of nutritionists later. "Healthy weight is not just about nutrition. It is about anatomy, constitution, your medical history, behavioural patterns and psychology." FOOD PHILOSOPHY o Makeyourdiet fibre-rich, with whole and unrefined grains, fruits with skin. Vegetables should comprise at least 10 per cent of your daily intake. o Be on guard against salt. Our consumption is way beyond the healthy limit of 8-10 gin. o The basic problem with Indians is that we are not health conscious, but only beauty and weight conscious: o In Tier 2 cities, there's always a nainkeen platter for evening tea, and aloo pun on Sundays. In the metros, many refined and processed foods clog up the diet. o Women need extra calcium after pregnancy and menopause. Folic acid and Vitamin B12 deficiency are common. 0 After age 35, both men and women must get regular check-ups and modify their eating patterns. ANJALI MUKERJEE Mumbai ~ The "official nutritionist" to Miss India contestants, Mukerjee started her clinical practice in 1984. An alumnus of the The Institute of Hotel Management, Catering Technology & Applied Nutrition, Mumbai, with specialisation in dietetics and nutrition, she studied clinical nutrition at the American Academy of Nutrition, followed by a PhD In alternative medicine. When she started work, she did not have an "overwhelming desire" to be a nutritionist. But as patients streamed In for weight loss and left not just trimmer but also without many lifestyle problems, she developed crucial insights that turned her into a committed professional. She started her own company, Health Total, In 1997. FOOD PHILOSOPHY o Food has tremendous healing power. When used correctly and when adapted to body chemistry, it not only brings down body weight, but also corrects a host of other conditions. o Understanding body chemistry is important for designing customised food formulae. This is important because you can t have a single, mono-diet for all. o People tend to follow wrong diets and suffer diseases that are preventable. Readily available but conflicting information causes a lot of confusion. o It is important to seek professional help to match foods to one's body type. o Asanation,we are overfed and undernourished. Somewhere, we lose balance and get carried away with selfindulgence. "It you are eating well, then it's all right to occasionally indulge yourself with food that may not be very healthy:'

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