Giri Satyanarayan: Health Initiatives

Want to eat healthy? And enjoy it?

I offer in-person workshops in the kitchen. And when we talk about food, you don't ever have to choose between health and taste. You get both!

‘Why does any food that’s supposedly healthy taste so TERRIBLE?’

This was the burning question of my 20s. This quest to figure out ways to make healthy food look beautiful and taste delicious, has been one of my chief preoccupations. I am Giri (Gi sound as in ‘gift’ and ri as in ‘rich’), the founder and voice of Health Initiatives. I have a degree in Nutrition, and for about 15 years I worked as a Dietitian and Diabetes Educator in some of the busiest Day Care Centers and Hospitals in India. As important as this is, teaching people how to cope with their disease conditions within a hospital setting leaves very little room to focus on cultivating health.

At this point, I shifted base to the US and was looking to combine my personal and professional experiences. Given my background, food and health was invariably the topic of discussion with my new friends and neighbors. Check these snippets from real conversations with real people:

  • “I understand in my head, that we need to eat more vegetables. And I even buy them! But when I go into the kitchen I just go blank!”

(Your take-away: People who cook/eat veggies were NOT born this way, they learnt how to do so – you can, too)

  •  “We went to a lavish buffet... they had so many lentil varieties and veggies – YUM YUM, but we also got way more oil and salt we’d ever eat at home.”

(Your take-away: Eating out rarely solves the problem )

  •  “My friend said turmeric is very good in treating inflammation. Today, I read it myself in a Journal. But you know what? I have no clue how to use it! It’s staring at me each time I look in the pantry.”

(Your take-away: Knowing and reading does not mean doing)

  •  “My kids are learning about foods from around the world and I am not all that adventurous about trying some totally foreign recipe out of a book or on YouTube.”

(Your take-away: Kids are already on-board! That’s one BIG step closer to eating healthy as a family and enjoying it.)

If you want to figure out how to bridge the gap between tasty and healthy, then you are not alone.

For the last eight years, I’ve been inviting people just like you into my kitchen – I play the match-maker and they fall head-over-heels in love with spices, vegetables, lentils.  They re-discover the joy of cooking, experimenting with new ingredients and eating wonderfully healthy meals at home.

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