Rachna Chhachhi

Rachna Chhachhi is a certified nutritional therapist and WHO certified in nutrition. She is the writer of Restore, a book on how to fight diseases for working professionals.

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Being Healthy: Are You Postponing Your Life?

There’s no point in understanding that you need to change your lifestyle, and then waiting till disease has struck, when things can be fixed before the ambulance sirens sound

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I’ll go for a holiday when I’ve earned my bonus for the year.
— I’ll get my blood tests done next month.
— I promise I’ll start eating healthy as soon as my travel stops.

Familiar scenarios? For me too. Everyone who comes to me, just waited a bit too long. All the patients I get are either given up by doctors (autoimmune) or reeling under the effects of medication (hypertension, chemotherapy, high cholesterol, type 2 diabetes) or stressed out (anxiety, depression, poor digestion). Then it takes many sessions to rebuild them, and explain to them the importance of just chilling and restoring their lives. They’re almost always tired, sleep deprived, edgy, unhealthy and know it, but unable to put a start date to rebooting their lives because of the perceived pressures they live under. But sometimes, it gets too late. There’s no point in understanding that you need to change your lifestyle, and then waiting till disease has struck, when things can be fixed before the ambulance sirens sound.

So before it’s too late, just sit back and re-prioritise your life. Write it down, write to me, and take action in snatching back everything that you have allowed yourself to be taken away from you. Here’s a check list you can start with. Ask yourself these questions:

Most week days I wake up seems like a task, and I don’t look forward to the day
I’m burning myself out so much that I could collapse tomorrow, but I don’t have a choice
If my health suffers, my organisation/client will get someone else in my position since it’s such a competitive world out there

  • I missed 6 out of 10 of my loved ones special days (kid’s school event/birthdays/ anniversaries/dinners/meeting parents)
  • I get unexplained aches and pains
  • I feel like everyone around me is an idiot and that makes me furious
  • I don’t remember the last time I did anything that I loved – holiday, listening to my kind of music, writing/watching a movie or any other favourite activity
  • In college I was the fun person to be with, but life just took over
  • I’m overweight
  • I just want to sleep
  • I get cravings — food or alcohol or sweet
  • I’m 35-plus
If your answer is a ‘yes’ to six or more of the above, you need to reboot and begin as soon as possible. If you see the pattern in these questions, most of them point towards a claustrophobic life where you feel trapped and want to break free. So why don’t you? It’s the end of 2016, the New Year is starting soon. Start 2017 with a promise to be true to yourself so that you can be true to others. Let 2017 be the year where you promise to not lose yourself to work, meetings, bad health or hospital trips. In the end, I will just quote Rumi: “You were born with wings, why prefer to crawl through life?”

Wishing you a very happy, healthy and joyous 2017. Stay true.

This article was published in BW Businessworld issue dated 'Dec. 26, 2016' with cover story titled '35 Years Anniversary Special'

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