“Great things never come from being in comfort zones.” Says Nmami Agarwal, celebrity nutritionist, for whom the journey was more and less the same. It is about stepping away from comfort zones and discovering the journey beyond. From advising Gautam Gambhir, Michael Clarke and former Miss India Manushi Chillar’s diet, Agarwal has come a long way.
Agarwal was a commerce student before turning into a dietitian, guiding people to change their lives through nutrition. “I was a commerce student, but was always inclined towards health & fitness. Gradually when my interest in health and fitness grew manifolds, I decided to make a career out of it and switched to studying nutrition and dietetics and finally earned a bachelor’s and master’s degree in the same.” Said the nutritionist.
Journey Into The World Of Nutrition:
Agarwal’s life took a 360 turn when she was kicked out of her first job. Determined to be her own boss, Agarwal’s new life came into existence, and as she unveils through the tough phase of her life she mentions that how, ‘Nothing is served on a golden spoon.’ Says Agarwal.
“I was fairly young when I started ‘Nmami Life’, fresh after being kicked out of my first job, where I was practicing nutrition under someone. Yes, I was fired from my first job and the way it all happened was a little puzzling. I was on a vacation enjoying my holiday, my leisure time. It was the time when I was on a cruise, sipping on my pina colada and going through my mails, where one of the mails mentioned that I have been fired!” Explained Agarwal who was shocked at what she read.
“I was dejected at first, but for me it turned out to be a ‘blessing in disguise’. You know opportunities can come in any form. This was the moment when I asked myself, why can’t I be an employee and employer for myself, instead of working for someone else? Be my own BOSS! That is how ‘Nmami Life’ came into existence.” Added Agarwal.
Immunity Boosting Tips:
Everyone nowadays is busy keeping their immune system healthy, to fight against the contagious coronavirus. Agarwal, believes that nutrition plays a vital role to boost the immune system and keeping it on point is necessary. There are some basic do’s and don’ts with nutrition.
“There are many foods that are loaded with immunity-boosting antioxidants, phytonutrients, vitamins, and minerals. But, a balanced diet would always stay on top. The right balance of macronutrients (carbs, fat, protein) with micronutrients (vitamins and minerals) is the key to boost immunity. Make sure all your major meals consist of these 5 basic food groups.” Explained the nutritionist, especially at a time when COVID-19 pandemic has made people sit up and take notice about their health and boosting their immunity.
“One can have soaked nuts with a breakfast of porridge, cheela or an egg sandwich. Include curd and salad with lunch and have a bowl of soup before your dinner, topping it with some toasted nuts. Focus should also be on optimum protein intake through foods like lentils, legumes, dairy or eggs. Turmeric milk before bed-time is another effective remedy to boost immunity. Turmeric contains a powerful antioxidant called curcumin, which supports your immune system effectively. Adding pepper to your turmeric milk enhances its absorption. Herbs and spices like cinnamon, clove, basil, ginger, garlic, or thyme are also great immunity boosters. You can combine two or more of these to make a concoction and have it once a day.” Adds Agarwal.
Apart from these dietary measures, a better sleep pattern, stress management, and exercising- all these three healthy practices are a boon for the immune system.
Down To Memory Lane:
For Agarwal, every client leaves a special memory while they are on their journey with ‘Nmami Life’ as everyone has a unique nutritional demand. Talking about her journey with Femina Miss India 2017, Agarwal shares another side of story while working for the glamor industry. “I was monitoring Maunshi’s diet during her Miss World pageant competition days and her schedule involved extensive travelling. Working in the glamour world comes with it’s own perks, but it is also a highly demanding industry as the maintenance in terms of the requirement of poise, confidence and a fit and healthy body should always be spot-on. So her meals had to be short, frequent, travel-friendly and nutrient-dense.” Says the nutritionist.
Speaking about her experience of working with cricketer Gautam Gambhir, Agarwal speaks about the cricketer’s dietary requirements were more towards fulfilling long hours on field and training hours, because of his uninterrupted training which could take place whole day long with a need for an extra emphasis on hydration because of sweating and playing under the sun.