Dr. Manasi Naralkar
A fitness journey simplified!
"Hi! I'm Amita!" A bubbly, vivacious lady introduced herself to me at a party. "I follow your blogs- really enjoy reading them!"
Pleasantly surprised and somewhat flattered that she knew me, not just by name but also my work, this first meeting struck a chord.
A few months later, my husband Viren and I got our routine blood tests worked up. We'd crossed into our thirties and thought of checking on the engine that was keeping our machine running!
For the longest period of my adult life, I was a person who used to take pride in
my food-loving nature.
I started facing the consequences of my food and lifestyle habits last year and decided to take back the control of my life. Meeting and talking to Amita was a true life changing experience!
I never felt at any point that I’m talking to a consultant, but a friend who can understand what I was going through.
I wish to share my positive experience of working with
Amita Gadre’s Holistic Nutrition.
I am Milind Bibikar, Director & Business Coach at Expandus Busines Coaching Pvt Ltd. Being acoach myself, I understand the importance of having a coach in the area of life we want to improve. I wanted to improve my fitness.
I wasn’t regular at exercising for last 3-4 years and during this period I tried different fad diets or quick fixes and always fell off-track after few days. I couldn’t remain consistent with any of them for more than 3-4 weeks at a stretch.
I had been over weight for quiet some time and always used to procrastinate the plan to do something about it. I started my weight loss journey when one of my colleague mentioned about a weight loss program that he was undergoing under Amita’s guidance and how happy and confident he feels with the results.
In our first meeting, I had a detailed discussion with Amita about my routine, likes-dislikes in food and other food habits.
She guided me with how much quantity of food I should have in number of meals, what to include in the daily food intake, the water intake quantity, and the most important factor – ‘Exercise’.
“In first week itself i lost about 2kg and in a month i lost 5kg. Yes this was magic.“
I had been overweight from early twenties and planning for weight loss for many years. Atlast i started weight loss program with my wife Vrishali. I thought let’s give it a try.
We went to Amita and said need your guidance. She had a long discussion with us on our lifestyle, likes/dislikes, profession, working hours, medical condition and almost everything. And she designed a diet plan for me.
Diet plan included meals spread throughout the day and jogging.
“Today I have lost 11 kg excessive body weight and my PCOS is also under control, thanks to diet and exercise.”
I left my job and turned entrepreneur. When I was on a job, I was not overweight. But when I turned entrepreneur and started operating from home, I started gaining weight. I was struggling with abnormal menstrual cycles. Later I was diagnosed with PCOS. In this medical issue, weight is of prime concern, and that’s how I decided I have to reduce my weight.
I went to Amita and asked her guidance in this. We had detailed discussion on likes/dislikes in eating habits and other relevant things.
We started back in late Oct with a 3 month plan for immunity building. Considering my medical history of 2 past Angioplasties and an erratic stressful lifestyle Amita gave me assurance that she will work up a plan around my hectic schedule with minimal invasion. There was no goal for instant weight loss or a huge change in eating habits and exercise routine.
Amita gave me a very simple meal plan which was easy follow and a basic exercise plan that I could choose on my own from the Nike app. With a long history of a bad back and neck exercise is a huge problem for me. We chose a very simple flow plan to start with.
I weighed 121kg, my blood pressure constantly shooting to 160/110, and HbA1c (glycated Hemoglobin) count hitting a 9.6 when my family physician gave me the characteristic warning: “Aapki ke seeti baj gai hai” (Your health is on the rocks). Having tried diets in the past, and getting half-baked advice from people and Whatsapp University, I was sceptical about seeing a nutritionist. But things changed like never before after my first meeting with Amita.
A simple Skype meeting with her made me feel that I need not lose my mind over losing weight.
I have struggled with weight and body image issues since as long as I can remember. I have always felt the guilt of having a big meal and doing some ill informed diet and exercise routines.
I decided that there had been enough of this guilt and self hate. That's when I contacted Amita.
My confidence has improved, I feel strong mentally. Despite having PCOS, I have managed to lose weight and inches which I never thought was possible.
I think this is the reason we all need a nutritionist in our life.
When I met Amita, I was not sure as to how eating certain foods were going to fix my digestion issues of so many years. I was scared of eating anything as I thought all food would give me acidity but My constipation is cured, I don't feel bloated now and my energy levels have improved a lot. I no longer have to take any antacids and acidity is a thing of the past - only because I began eating right.
I began feeling optimistic with the information shared with me and suggestions of what I could eat and what I should avoid.