In a culture that places so much emphasis on physical appearance, and weight in particular, it’s no surprise that many people have a love-hate relationship with the size of their bodies. I confess, I was one of them!
Yes, I am a certified clinical nutritionist. And Yes, I was fat.
I have been overweight since my childhood. The genes played their role. And I had the same struggles, most children undergo for being a “misfit”. There was bullying, body shaming, disappointment, lack of confidence and all the drama that comes with it.
There I was in deep abyss, losing hope and feeling pointless. By the time I reached 18, it was high time I took charge of my life.
I met a naturopath and dietitian Rajshree Vora who slowly and holistically started educating me and my family on food. This was the turning point of my life.
“Health comes at Every Size” became my mantra and the focus was on “healthy weight” and not “losing weight”.
I developed a relationship with food which was not only need based or emotional but also scientific! I chose to learn and pursue nutrition as a career – my journey with my weight was a major influencing factor. I did not want other children to undergo the same crisis as I did in my growing years.
I see the “weight loss industry” booming: restrictive eating, skipped meals, disordered eating, binging as a natural response to starvation common in restricting calories, cutting out entire food groups, usually grains—all measures to lose weight. This is not healthful eating, and this needs to stop.
I often encourage families and schools to identify overweight children and work with them as their friend and mentor.
Your weight loss journey can be tough, but I have walked this path. I have failed, I have fallen, I have been in dump. I have had the same struggles but in the end I have come out successful. I have learnt from my mistakes, I have improvised and I am determined to help you in this journey.