In a perplexing scenario of fad diets and various health researches coming up every single day, we tend to feel lost as we embark on the journey of holistic health development. Diet is often neglected or highly feared of. If any diet would comprise giving up on food at all, then the dream of a flourishing ‘you ‘ would be like years away. Diet on the other hand, is a personalised concept and free of any standards or procedures to be followed. It is devised to suit the requirements of every individual.

Shivika Gandhi endeavours to fuse her knowledge of nutrition with the science and concept of Traditional Chinese Medicine.

“To me, food is medicine. It is a vibrant and delectable medium to a robust body and soul.”

My ideology of diet therapy is based on the core principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine to make one and all reach the Zenith of the perfect health and the idea is to make a positive lifestyle a part of you.
Shivika GANDHI

A holistic 3-step approach

1. Elicitation

Since diets are based on various factors such as body composition, activity levels, medical issues , genetics etc., we gather information about the constitution of body, the ailment and the extent to which it may hinder in future times. We also classify body type based on the five elements -Air, Earth , Fire, Wood, Metal.

Those seeking weight loss consultation are also analysed for their eating and lifestyle habits and the cause of being overweight.

2. DETOXIFICATION

This is to make the body a fresh canvas ready to be coloured upon. This step is undertaken to prepare the body for responding to the diet as well remove all the toxins present inside.

3. Nutriment

An acronym for ‘Nutri’tion Imple’ment’ , we prescribe foods based on the conclusions drawn in the elicitation phase. These foods aim at curing the ailments under scanner.

Foods may be classified on the basis of following parameters:

i) On the basis of its nature: Foods can exist into five natures (siqi)- Cold, Hot, Neutral, Cool and Warm. These do not refer to the physical temperature but signify the reaction of the body upon their consumption. For instance foods such as coffee and ginger bring heat to our bodies and make us sweaty if taken in excess while salads and green tea cool the body down yet too much can make us pale and have cold hands. Chinese medicine pursue the ‘Moderation is key theory’, that is our body must be in the neutral state. Rice, Oil and most kinds of Fish are neutral foods.
ii) Based on taste: The Chinese divide taste into five kinds (Wuwei)- sour, sweet, salty, spicy, bitter. Each taste sends nutrition to the corresponding organs. For instance sour food enters kidney and eases coughing and sweating while salty enters the kidney. It is essential to inculcate each flavor in our diet.
iii) Based on constitution: Just like our personalities, our bodies are different in terms of constitutions (tizhi). While some maybe damp and filled with phlegm (tanshi) identified by overweight physique, oily face and exorbitant sweating, others maybe damp and containing heat (Shi-Re) are oily as well as acne faced. Therefore foods must be suggested in order to complement the constitution of our bodies. 
iv) Based on season and climate: Seasons, the frequently changing phases of the year present us a wide variety of foods in accordance to each phase. Traditional Chinese practices believe that seasonal foods deliver the best of nutrition. Come Summers and we think of watermelons and cucumber and winters aren’t completely without shrimps, fish and greens served on our platters.
Besides keeping the above factors in mind, we consider likes, dislikes and intolerance to certain foods while preparing diets aimed at weight loss. We also present healthier alternatives to your cravings.

PRESERVATION

As soon as we accomplish the objective of curing an ailment to the maximum possible extent or bringing the needle of weighing scale to our favourite digits, it is imperative to conserve this change and adapt to it so as to not rollback to the causes of ailing health or an overweight body.

A few easy peasy tips by Shivika Gandhi