A Textile Designer-turned-Chef and Wellbeing Nutritionist, Sonal Patel is a leading expert in areas ranging from Ancestral diets and Ayurveda, Fashion, Design, Art, Acting, and traveling! Let’s learn more about her fascinating life and insightful view of the world.
- What has been your journey between your area of expertise and biohacking?
Born and raised in the West, I saw trends in diets change more than the weather! Lucky for me, my family held on strong to Indian traditions, especially when it came to food. Although I never stepped foot in India until I was 18 years old, I felt a deep connection to it instantly. Over the last 12 years it kept calling me back. So I threw in my 9-5 job and decided to spend more time there. I learned so much about my rich ancestry, and how relevant the teachings of the Vedas (ancient Hindu scriptures) are, even more so today.
I realised my calling 3 years ago, when I brought my children to India. Now I was seeing India from a Mother’s perceptive. This time I saw a real disconnect with food in Urban India, especially with children. The influence of the Western diet, fast food and grotesque marketing of junk in the guise of healthy food was shocking. I thought I had left all that behind in the UK, but it all did a backflip! The West is looking East for healing and coveting India’s superfoods, while India is facing the burdens of malnutrition, filling up on empty calories, inheriting diabetes, obesity and all the other degenerative diseases. The East has a habit of following trends in the West, often to its detriment. Unfortunately with social media so predominant in our lives, I don’t think that will change drastically. It all came to the forefront, when I saw someone in Delhi buying an expensive bottle of Curcumin branded by a UK company! Selling Turmeric back to the Indians – now that was ironic. So I decided to bring back the old to renew the way we view health.
- What is your favourite quote?
This quote raised my levels of consciousness to learn from all experiences rather than fret over them. Knowing it is all part of the master plan of my life and made it easier to roll with the punches.
‘Whatever is happening, is happening for the good.
Whatever will happen, will also happen for the good.’ – Bhagavad Gita
- If there was only one thing you could share with the world, from your knowledge, what would it be?
Eat like your ancestors for optimal health and a sustainable planet.
- What’s the most important value you hold yourself to?
Always be a learner. My son when he was 6-years-old taught me that one.
- What is your favorite biohack?
Warm water, never cold.
- What are some of your favorite hobbies?
Traveling this wonderful planet we live on.
Feeding loved ones
Reading, reading and more reading.
- What’s your favorite book and why?
So many to choose from, but recently it has to be ‘The 5am Club’ by Robin Sharma.
The only book that has motivated me so much, that I get out of bed at 4:45am everyday! After being a stay at home mum for so long, his inspirational words and guidance helped me to start carving out the best version of myself and setting a clear vision for achieving my goals.
‘The 5am Club’ does what it says on the tin and more! (As long as you do the work.)
- What is your must-have biohacking item in your house?
Turmeric for cooking, cuts, coughs and homemade beauty products. The list of benefits is endless. For me this is not a new fad ingredient; It was actually the first spice I was introduced to after birth. Turmeric has played a significant role in every stage of my life and will be used in rituals when I leave too.