Trust the gut microbiota, become friends with it, says famous nutritionist Munmun Ganeriwal. Seen here on the cover of his book with accomplished actor Taapsee Pannu.
- Taapsee Pannu is an accomplished actor and does not need to be introduced.
- We – unfairly enough – often don’t realize that there has to be a whole system that keeps these celebrities as beautiful as a rose and fit like an Olympian.
- And fitness experts need to have a holistic understanding of the human body, the social situation, the medical issues that plague the client, the whole ecosystem.
Did you do a double take when you saw how actor Taapsee Pannu so convincingly turned into a superathlete for the film “Rashmi rocket”. The young woman who played convincingly Grandfather shooter, had the cuts and gait of an athlete – and his movements represented energetic behavior.
When Taapse Pannu – by her own admission – met Munmun Ganeriwal – an award-winning nutritionist and famous Mumbai-based lifestyle consultant – she had a plethora of health issues. Munmun is the only gut microbiome specialist in the world who combines traditional Indian foods, ancient Indian yogic practices and deploys the wisdom imparted by the Ayurvedic system of medicine – to help the patient study and fight obesity and other diseases using a microbiota.
What Munmun Ganeriwal has done to solve the health problems of hundreds and hundreds of clients, including Taapsee Pannu, Rakul Preet Singh, Nayantharaamong and others, is recounted in his book Yuktahaar.
Hours now brings you excerpts from the interview with Munmun Ganeriwal, Nutritionist, gut microbiome specialist and author of Yuktahaar: the stomach and brain diet
Times Now: In your book “Yuktahaar“You say there is more to a weight loss journey than just counting carbohydrates and calories – please tell us.
Munmun Ganeriwal: Counting carbohydrates and calories is not only a flawed method, but is also obsolete. Depending on the mix of bacteria people have in their gut, different people will extract different calories from the same food (and eat the same amount). There is no way that we can know precisely. Not only that, the way you prepare your food, simple things like whether you ferment it or not, cook it and then chill it before eating, etc. can change the nutritional value of the resulting meal as well as the number of calories. These factors are never taken into account when your health expert or health app decides your meals or portion sizes based on macro and calorie counting, making it a very flawed process.
Times Now: You say the gut microbiome is almost an organ in itself. Please specify.
Munmun Ganeriwal: The gut microbiome has been considered a forgotten organ due to its long neglected roles in human nutrition, metabolism, and immunity. Like any other organ, it meets all the criteria – it begins at birth and continues throughout life, plays a key role in important bodily functions, from keeping the system functioning to helping the immune system to defend against intruders like pathogenic viruses, from your weight to your metabolism, it dictates everything. Depending on the nutrients we consume, it makes distinct biologically active substances that work elsewhere in the body. It also meets the definition of an endocrine organ, or just a hormone.
Times Now: Your book is titled “Yuktahaar“. Why this name? What is the connection with the ancient Indian ethos?
Munmun Ganeriwal: ‘Yuktahaar ‘ is the name of my consulting program, I named it many years ago when I was starting out. My editorial team and I decided to keep the same title for Penguin Random House India’s book as we felt it suited the book perfectly. I have learned ‘Yuktahaar‘by studying the Bhagwad Gita. Gita talks about ‘Yuktahaar’ where ‘Yukt‘is right (good quantity, good quality, good times, good attitude while consuming food) and’ahaar‘is the food. Once you begin to study the ancient Indian scriptural texts under the guidance of a knowledgeable teacher, you understand that our ancient texts place so much importance on a balanced lifestyle with special emphasis on food and how we are let’s consume it.
Times Now: What brought you and Taapsee together for his diet? What were the seemingly wrong things in his nutritional regimen that you corrected and how?
Munmun Ganeriwal: Me and Taapsee have been working for over 4 years now. She wanted to correct her metabolism, her digestion, get rid of her chronic acidity and just wanted to understand how she could eat healthy and feel healthy from the inside out given her tight schedules. This allowed us to work together on his diet and his lifestyle in general. When we first met, Taapsee revealed that she started her day with a king-size breakfast following the old adage “Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince, and dine like a prince. poor “. At first, that was one of the things I had corrected for her. This is because our biggest meal of the day should be lunch, not breakfast. Taapsee, on the other hand, would be so full after her hearty breakfast that she would simply skip her lunch (or eat a meager meal for lunch) and then much later in the evening she would be hungry and end up eating a huge dinner. . Once we started working together, she started eating a lighter breakfast, which made her feel hungry around noon, which made way for a hearty lunch. Because she would feel full and satisfied after a healthy lunch, she could end her day with a light dinner. This, along with many other changes, made her feel light, fresh and healthy and also helped her get rid of her chronic symptoms.
Times Now: What day-to-day meal times have you suggested for Taapsee that are also good for the rest of us?
Munmun Ganeriwal: For meal times, follow the circadian rhythm diet that I explained in the book Yuktahaar: The Belly and Brain Diet. This is what Taapsee has also been following for years. The circadian rhythm diet involves eating with the sun. You eat when the sun is up. So, you have to get up early, start the day with a hot drink (no tea, coffee), then have breakfast before 9 am. Lunch should be between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., followed by an evening meal around 3 p.m.-4 p.m. A light dinner to end the day would take place around 7 p.m., followed by a bedtime routine from 10 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
Times Now: What’s that “body power on and off” body system reboot idea that you compared to Taapsee’s? Mangal Mission original idea of the character?
Munmun Ganeriwal: It is a question of restarting our system either by a yogic kriya or just practice 1 day of fasting. It helps kick start your weight loss, boost metabolism, and reduce inflammation. It’s like turning your system off then back on and it works great with my clients. The comparison with that of Taapsee Mangal Mission the character was just because her character also believed in on and off tactics and the Bollywood buff in me couldn’t help but draw parallels between them (Laughs).
Times Now: You solved Taapsee’s acid reflux problem (which she had been trying to solve for quite a long time) with a method you call TBBD. Please specify.
Munmun Ganeriwal: TBBD is the three phase diet and lifestyle change system that I created and talked about in my book. By going through the three phases covered in 10 weeks, one can restore an imbalanced gut microbiome. It can help you lose weight, reset your metabolism, support immunity, and restore physical and mental health.
Times Now: You don’t seem to be cutting out carbohydrates, and you don’t recommend daily meat consumption. What is the connection with the microbiota here?
Munmun Ganeriwal: Carbohydrates are food for germs, not the refined and processed types, but the hardy and fibrous ones. We must not bring down roti, bhakri, idli, dosa, millets etc because it (this elimination) causes more harm than good. Your germs feel hungry and when they are not well nourished, they fail to feed you and benefit you. So, carbohydrates are important. The consumption of meat is acceptable but should not be done on a daily basis. Our obsession with protein is borrowed from the West and is costing us dearly. Over-consumption of non-vegetarian foods is linked to inflammation and disease. Ayurveda also considers them to be difficult to digest foods that should not be consumed on a daily basis. Once or twice a week is fine.
Times Now: Please share Taapsee’s diet during Rashmi Rocket’s training days. Was it radically different?
Munmun Ganeriwal: Taapsee’s detailed diet plan is shared in the book. Her meal plan, supplement plan, and the changes we made to her plans for Rashmi rocket are painstakingly written by me for the book. It was different from his usual routine of herbal teas, sorbets, etc. because I had to trade them in for protein shakes and other sports supplements. It was the same in the sense that she always kept the faith with simple, homemade meals like bajra khichdi, litti chokha, aloo tikki, besan laddoo etc. We have never run out of carbs or experienced any other fad diet.
Times Now: what is wisdom Yuktahaar overlook weight loss, obesity, balanced diet, aging, acidity, hypertension, thyroid etc that should make it a staple for the ordinary person in their library?
Munmun Ganeriwal: Yuktahaar is a library staple for those who-
- Want to work on their health, their chronic symptoms and their state of health while losing weight in a sustainable way
- Want to learn more about food facts based on human biology and real science, not new trends based on junk food
- Want to know more about our rich Indian wisdom in food and yogic lifestyle?
- Want to know how spiritual philosophy can relate to physiology and health of the body
- Wanting to work on their health in a holistic way, understand how our physical, mental and emotional health is interconnected and work them together as a unit
Hours now: Thanks, Munmoun.
Munmun Ganeriwal: Thanks!
Disclaimer: The tips and suggestions mentioned in the article are for general information purposes only and should not be construed as professional medical advice. Always consult your doctor or healthcare professional if you have specific questions about a medical problem.