During the Covid-19 pandemic, nutritionist K Suma Nandini from Vizag was inspired by the digitisation of healthcare efforts across the country. She saw the potential to use technology and social media to extend her services remotely, so her clients can save time and effort and access personal nutrition counselling from the comfort of their homes.
Inspired by Greek and Ayurvedic traditions, her nutrition program is called ‘Let food be your medicine and medicine be your food’. Her consultation goes beyond routine calorie counting. Instead, she teaches clients to balance portion control with correct eating habits, daily activity, proper sleep and exercise. She also educates clients on how food affects health, fitness and productivity so they can take control and ownership of what they eat and how they exercise. This is not just for the duration of the program but for their lifetime. She also firmly believes in a gradual and consistent approach to weight-related challenges. She doesn’t promote crash diets or starvation. She encourages clients towards a healthier lifestyle while ensuring realistic weight goals are achieved and maintained.
Dietary tips for covid
RIGHT EATING PATTERN
Restrict the number of cooked meals to only twice a day (Lunch & Dinner) Eat more Raw vegetables & fruits
Empty Stomach fruits:
Empty stomach fruits work miraculously and is highly recommended for making the system alkaline & building good health.
At least 2 litres of water every day. Drinking sufficient water will not only help to flush out toxins but maintain a healthy fluid balance.
No Unhealthy Food:
Avoid junk foods / Dairy / Maida /Non veg/Deep fried / packaged food as much as possible.
■ Hot water gargling & Hot water drinking is must.
■ Asanas Meditation & pranayama are also to be practiced
■ Steam inhalation through Nose & throat
■ Sun bath about to 15 – 19 minutes at their own place before 11:00am & 4:00 pm daily.
Suma has observed that many Indian people, both at home and overseas are a long way from an ideal diet. Modern Indian cooking seems to contain more carbs, less protein and less fruit and vegetables than the recommended amount. Also, the consumption of sugar, processed food and alcohol has also increased significantly. There is an urgent need to understand the importance of proper nutrition for good health and disease-free life. For Indians settled overseas, connecting with an Indian nutritionist who understands the cultural eating patterns is essential. This motivated Suma to start online counselling.