Clinical Nutritionist & Founder, Unbox Nutritio...
What motivated you to choose this career?
Since you are a nutritionist, do your family and acquaintance use this to their benefit?
Absolutely! The biggest changes start at home. I love helping those from my family and friends circle with knowledge to empower them to make better decisions for themselves. My parents are pre-diabetic since a few years. However, since I work as a diabetes educator, with lifestyle changes and their determination, they've managed to stay off pharmacological treatment for diabetes.
What is your go-to diet?
I wouldn't say I follow a particular "diet". The meals that I generally eat have to meet 3 criteria: 1. I have to enjoy what I'm eating. 2. It has to me made with mostly wholesome ingredients. 3. It has to fit my long-term health goals.
For underweight individuals, what food should one inculcate in their diets without gaining excessive weight?
Does medication interrupt one's appetite or diet?
Yes it can. Some of the medicines do reduce your appetite as one of the side effects.
What is your guilty meal?
I do not associate guilt with food. I follow something similar to intuitive eating. So, in the way I think about food, I believe that I have unconditional permission to eat whatever I feel like. This helps me not feel restricted or deprived of favourite foods. It also helps in mostly eating balanced meals and occasionally eating the ones which may not be well balanced but nevertheless none of it makes me feel guilty.
Is it necessary to have a keen interest in cooking to become a nutritionist?
Not necessarily. However, to advise someone different foods to eat, you can't just recommend a bunch of ingredients. You'll have to come up with innovative options too. So having some basic knowledge at the least is helpful.
Is it important to wave off junk food from our diets?
It may not be necessary to completely exclude all of it if you really like eating some of the foods. But what may be essential is to find out how often and what portios
What role did your educational background play in your career?
What was the most challenging moment in your career?
How do you see your job evolving in the future?
Is it good to take in nutrient supplements?
Is it important to completely rule out sugar from the diet?
How does one find out whether or not they are getting the required nutrients?
What are the good sources of protein for vegetarians?
Are online blogs and vlogs a good source of learning nutritional science?