Welcome to The Total LIFE Diet and The Total LIFE Diet Centre.
My name is Shamala Ratnesar and I’m a dietitian, author and speaker in Sydney, Australia. I love good food and I love life.
The great ancient Greek physician Hippocrates said ‘Our food should be our medicine; our medicine should be our food’– and as dietitians that’s what we do – we use food as medicine.
I’m also a food lover and believe that food is one of life’s great pleasures – so I’m now on a mission to show everyone that healthy food can be delicious – and that you can lose weight and prevent and manage chronic disease while enjoying deliciously healthy food.
In this tumultuous world that we live in, I believe that there is hope for a healthier, happier life for everyone. No matter what your situation – it does not matter. Today is a new day and there is hope.
So it doesn’t matter what’s happened in the past. You can leave it all behind – make a fresh new start – and look forward to the future with hope.
So, what is a healthy, tasty and balanced diet? A healthy, balanced diet is not low-carbohydrate or high-carbohydrate, low-protein or excessively high in protein. It’s moderate in carbohydrate, has substantial quantities of protein, is low in saturated fat and is rich in omega-3 fatty acids. It includes vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, phytochemicals, fibre and resistant starch and includes a wide variety of foods each day.
You can make healthy food taste delicious by using small amounts of good oil and lots of herbs, spices and low-fat flavourings.
Omega-3s are super-nutrients that are required by every one of us – from unborn babies through to seniors. Omega-3s work in multiple ways – at many different levels – to protect us, heal us, help with weight loss, improve our quality of life and can actually help to make us happier!
We all want to feel happy, and positive thinking is an important part of feeling good. If we think positive – believe we can do it – and take action – we can do just about anything – and that includes losing weight and keeping it off, lowering your blood cholesterol levels or beating diabetes.
Exercise or regular physical activity is a misunderstood word. You don’t have to join a gym. If you enjoy gyms – sure – they can work for you. However, exercise can be as simple as walking, dancing, playing tennis, soccer or cricket. A regular brisk walk is one of the best fat burners – or you can enrol in a dancing class or even dance to your favourite music in your bedroom!