In Conversation with Shonali Sabherwal, Macrobiotic Nutritionist & Chef
Shonali Sabherwal is India’s best-known nutritionist and she has been a force in the nutrition educating to use food to heal their . When her was diagnosed with cancer 20 years ago, she began seeking out alternative healing methods and chanced upon macrobiotics. Shonali has trained at the Kushi Institute in Massachusetts, US and started her macrobiotic in 2007. Her clientele includes the rich and the famous – Bollywood celebrities like Hema Malini, Katrina Kaif, Sidharth Malhotra, Neha Dhupia, Jacqueline Fernandez, Zoya Akhtar, Javed Akhtar, Esha Deol by her . Shonali has also written three books The Beauty Diet, The Diet and The Love Diet. She has with ailments (over 1000 different cases) and helped reverse or keep them in remission. Her core specialization is in the field of and irritable .
Shonali Sabherwal and began by asking her about the numerous benefits of the macrobiotic diet.caught up with
OF: You have said that youris to create a market for the macrobiotic diet & an alternate approach using to heal the body. What are the main reasons that you think people should the macrobiotic diet?
SS: A macrobiotic diet can cure practically all ailments under the protein diet because macrobiotics addresses the or the macro- of the . The macrobiotic diet has its in traditional Japanese food (lineage to Okinawa diet) which to boost and emphasizes whole , , and vegetables and recommends having some fruits and the occasional . foods are the cornerstone of the macrobiotic diet, to build a strong gut microbiome and provide good gut .. It goes a step further than other diets like the high-
The macrobiotic diet has the ability to keep your cellular structure detoxified at all times and this helps to reverse age, keeps you, and can even help cure cancer.
OF: In a macrobiotic diet, fish andare recommended occasionally. Since this goes against conventional diet , can you share with us the reasons for this?
SS: It depends on the local conditions. If you are in a tropical country like India, you can have 2-3a day. But people on by having 1 kilo of fruits every day and this can cause a .
It depends on your chicken or meat, then I will recommend that you have a lot of greens to complement it. It’s a way of balancing yin and yang – the yin of greens to the yang of . If the meats increase the or pitta (heat in terms), then greens help to cool down the body.level and . If you are a physically active person and you cannot do without your
Fermented foods is one of the most important components of the macrobiotic diet. Today, more than 80 percent of my clients come with compromisedsystems. More than ever, we need to have foods which contain gut- bacteria.
The Japanese incorporatedpastes into their and . But it is difficult to put it in daily . For example, people do not like to have soups in warm regions. So I always look to tailor-make diets to the person and the country they are living in. Indians like to have dal (legumes) and so I recommend adding miso paste to those kinds of dishes.
You can easily make your own pickles at home. Instead of opting for drenched in refined and table salt, you can make an instant pickle by grating and add or sea salt to it. Or you can make a sauerkraut ( ) version by fermenting vegetables in for days.
Kanji, a traditional fermented drink from North India or kefir are wonderful additions to the diet. Yogurt, as it is had today, is not as beneficial as the commercial versions have bacteria in its mutated form. Home-made or organic with better quality ( which are -fed, not given ) is a better option.
OF: As a changemaker in the nutrition space, what are the changes that you are most proud of that you have made?
SS: I am most proud of thewhich I have done, whether it is the I have answered in national dailies in India or the books that I have written. Through my , I have been able to reach people in smaller .
The objective is to spread the word onand nutrition and I believe that if people can even take away 20 percent of what I have said and incorporate it to lead a healthier lifestyle, I am happy.
I have also closely worked with certain rice and 80 percent of the foods to them are sugar-free. For the younger children, we offer milkshakes made with and this has helped them improve their bowel movements. Working and educating children has been a rewarding experience and I would love to work with more schools on nutrition .like Eco Mondiale World School. We have helped change the way eat – they are now brown