Hi, my name is Puja Bansal and I am the founder of BioWhole Nutrition. I am a Registered Nutritional Therapist with a passion to guide, educate and support my clients in achieving their health goals, using “food as medicine”. If there is one thing that I have learnt in my journey to health, it’s that there is no one size fits all. There is no one diet that works for everyone as each individual body is unique. I work with personalized nutrition alongside behaviour change to empower my clients in successfully achieving their health goals and sustaining them for life.
Going back to basics with food
How Good Nutrition Can Help You
Nutritional Therapy, having its roots in Functional Medicine, does not look at symptoms in isolation but looks at the client as a “whole” and tries to address the root cause of their illness. This is a science-backed and evidence based approach to health and wellness and addresses all systems in the body which may be affected by the imbalance or disease. Functional Medicine addresses imbalances using Nutrition, Genetics, Family History, Medications, Mental and Emotional State, Sleep, Lifestyle and Toxic Load. I then use simple sustainable changes through food which affect and revitalize all systems of the body.
Nutritional Therapy can help with:
- Gastrointestinal Symptoms
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome
- Autoimmune Conditions
- Food intolerances/Histamine
- Weight loss
- High Cholesterol
- Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
- Acne/skin issues
- Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes
- General Health and Wellbeing
- Hormone Imbalances
The Importance of Diet
There is some truth to the saying, “You are what you eat”. Our state of well-being depends largely on how well it’s being nourished. My goal is to empower individuals to look at food as their gateway to health by using “food as medicine” first, and moving forward use it as an anti-aging remedy to feeling and looking their best for the rest of their life. Food supports all systems of the body, and no one system works individually. This is where I come in and support you. I not only educate and guide, but I help my clients in optimizing their diet and analysing which foods aren’t beneficial to their bodies. We are all unique, and each individual body has it’s unique blueprint.
Optimizing gut-health is vital to my practice and can be very beneficial for those who are constantly suffering from Gastro-Intestinal symptoms of bloating, constipation and/or diarrhea.
Stool testing can be a valuable tool in determining underlying imbalances that are contributing to your disease. Several important analytes can be measured on a stool test, which can give you a wealth of knowledge into your microbial diversity, inflammation markers and determine how well you are digesting foods. This helps me personalize your nutrition and incorporate the foods that will benefit your body catered to your Microbiome. Stool testing can be useful in:
- Abdominal Pain
- Nutritional Deficiencies
- IBD / IBS
- Chronic or Acute Diarrhea
- Autoimmune Conditions
The initial appointment with me is 60 minutes. This gives me a chance to go in depth with my questioning around nutrition and lifestyle, and to better gauge the contributing factors, pertaining to your symptoms. Follow ups are 45 minutes in which we would go through the advised action plan to see what improvements have been implemented and which still need work. At times, I may recommend testing in between appointments and will refer you back to your GP for further investigation or I would refer you to a General Practitioner I work closely with.
Puja has helped me to understand how food is an essential building block for a healthy lifestyle. With her careful, detailed assessment of my eating, sleeping and exercise habits, she designed menus that would focus on improving my sleep, focus and energy needs. Her knowledgeable background put me at ease, her gentle manner became an attitude I wanted to emulate. Now I calmly think of food as not only a joyous part of life, but also as an important fuel for body and mind. Thank you, Puja!
Puja has helped me personalize my nutrition by incorporating new foods to help me balance out my meals, which have reduced my sugar cravings. She has also optimized my nutrition to where I can understand the foods that are beneficial to my body and remove the foods that were causing inflammation. As a result, my digestion is better and my energy levels have increased. I have also lost weight in the this process and gained muscle mass. She has enabled me to increase my diversity in plant foods and anti-inflammatory foods which are beneficial to my body given my family history of Autoimmune disease. I am now on a good path of creating a healthy balance between my diet and exercise.
I came to see Puja for my Distal Spinal Muscular Atrophy, which is a genetic disorder. I found Puja to be very kind and thoughtful and she was able to put me at ease from the very beginning. She was able to advise me on the right type of diet for my condition paving the way for recovery, considering my health issues. She took the time to explain her nutritional advice and the reasons behind the changes, making it easy to understand and implement rather than just giving me a plan to follow. I would definitely recommend Puja to anyone who was looking into dietary and nutritional advice.