We were in talks with Nautami Patel. She is from Ahmedabad, Gujarat. She is a certified Raw Food Coach and a certified Instructor 5 Element Qi Gong. Here is her journey from healing inside out and living with vitality. She helps many people to attain the same, runs a wellness venture and is a real compassionate human being.
Hi Nautami, can you give some idea about your earlier years?
Born and brought up in Baroda and did my chemical engineering from DDIT Nadiad, and the post graduate diploma in business management from AMA Ahmedabad. I worked at EDI Gandhinagar as research associate for management, when I moved to Ahmedabad after marriage. My food sensitivities were barely surfaced while I was a toddler. My relationship to food was fairly simple; if it was Red Pink and pretty it had to be eaten. “Tomatoes make your cheeks Red” is all my mom needed to tell me, and I would finish them from my plate in no time. I remember during my teens and up to my adulthood I have always been extremely cautious about my food choices. I always took: “You are what You Eat” too seriously and believed that I was proactively managing my health and progressing towards mid-life looking and feeling younger than I was. Over the years working for too long hours , stressful lifestyle and stressful interpersonal relations with family all contributed to build up of subconscious disharmony.
What changed suddenly?
Sometimes life takes a U turn and you end up where you never expected. In 2012 I began gaining weight despite exercise, my long luscious hair began thinning, I was extremely fatigued most of the time, brain fogged, hormonal imbalances and from being an active woman, I needed to rest every 4 hours. Also I developed cysts in my thyroid gland. I was diagnosed with Hypothyroidism and Hashimoto (an autoimmune condition in which the immune system mistakes the thyroid for a foreign invader and starts to attack it). I examined my environment my work , and realized soon that for healing naturally , I had to give up my corporate work environment, cut few toxic people from my life, eat plant based, take care of my body and soul, work towards my heart being lighter and allow joy to come in. Our cells understand happiness, joy and harmony. With the correct environment and food choices we heal.
That’s a seldom heard name of a disease, can you elaborate more on that?
Hashimoto disease is named after H. Hashimoto, a Japanese physician who worked in Europe before world war1.
Autoimmune means now the body is attacking itself and once it starts there is no shutting it off with any medicines. You must manage the condition with nutrition to reduce and eliminate the symptoms. Unfortunately there is no medicine. You must go searching for “The Root Cause”. I asked my body where I failed. A naturopath doctor told me to go ask my subconscious or my ‘Spirit”
My reaction was, wait, how I access my subconscious thoughts. My body gave a condition which I was powerless to change, because it had no known cure. I had to ask myself the hard question. What makes me feel powerless? My body has given me a signal. I have to respect this dis-ease situation and confirm that I have received it. So I asked what is it in my life which I feel powerless to change.Thus began my long at times difficult journey of self- love, healing and providing nourishment to my Body and Spirit.
So where did this re-discovery of self-lead to you?
We are all “Energy” beings and our Body Mind and Spirit is interconnected, it was about time I surrendered myself to intelligence of my “Heart” and let it guide me. We need to identify unhealthy foods, thoughts, people and situations which “stress” us, but we don’t love ourselves enough to “eliminate” them from our life. Raw (living) plant based vegan food has played a substantial role in this healing journey. It’s been an enriching journey of learning about pure “energy” of Food, to being a Certified Raw (living) Food Coach/chef, adopting plant based vegan diet and getting closer to getting my auto immunity into remission.
So do you mind sharing that raw vegan made all the change or was there any place for the medical treatment? (If latter, we want people to know that we are not soliciting any medical advice but much more effective way to deal with the health challenge)
Whether the thyroid is under producing the thyroid hormone or there is an autoimmune attack, the only things physicians do it to put you on thyroid supplements. There is no way to control the attack on the body. I was put to thyroid supplement for a year. It just helped my symptoms a bit, but I soon realised that dose of medication would keep on increasing and after a point steroids would be the next step. I decided I wanted to heal my body. I was born with a completely healthy body, and my life/food choices had ruined the harmony of my cells. I had to get back into the harmony.
Wow, that’s an interesting learning experience you have. How is your venture being shaped by those?
PuraVida believes that human body is infinite intelligence. We get back to the harmony of our cells by plant based vegan food choices to restore harmony. Our spiritual nutrition seminars talk about nutrition by asking the first question. What nourishes Us ?
Our nourishment is not only food, in fact our primary nourishment is the breath we take, the sun’s energy, the earth’s grounding energy, the relationships we have, the love we hold in our heart and the life choices we make by guidance of our heart are all nourishing. We can get back into harmony, and make heart based choices, compassion for human beings , animals and spreading love and kindness.
What are the core offerings you have created?
I am certified RAW (Living) Food Coach (Seeds of Life Bali, Indonesia) and Also a certified Instructor 5 Element Qi Gong (White Tiger Qigong Chiang Mai, Thailand). Based on this:
- Puravida offers Raw Vegan Plant based food products.
- Dairy free probiotics for Gut health and Immunity.
- We also participate in Stress Management and Spiritual Nutrition Seminars for corporates and wellness retreats
- Personal Coaching for Emotional Healing with 5 Element QiGong exercises.
- RawFood & Spiritual Nutrition Retreats
- Chi/ Praana based ancient Daoist practices for healthy spirit (5 element medical Qigong)
And what is the core philosophy behind Puravida?
Human beings are not islands unto themselves. We are composed of energy and energy fields which inter connect us to all other things. Like the air we breathe and the water we drink frequencies are all around us resonating through all life forms. “Live” Raw plant based foods in their original unheated state contain precious life force and enzymes remain intact to digest foods and also to repair cellular damage, thus creating an alkaline body for happy longevity.
The connection between us and the universe is through energy, hence undertaking health practices with “live” Raw foods, shifting energetic blockages with QiGong, and living inspired life thereby coaching for personal empowerment.
Good to know this Nautami, How can people reach out to you?
They can reach through following handles.
Phone: +91 – 9825593556