Shraddha Shetty is the Head Nutritionist working at Luke Coutinho Holistic Healing Systems. She has been extremely passionate about the field of nutrition since her childhood.
The nutritionist also posts a lot of quirky, and relatable content on her Instagram page, which has helped her gain a loyal follower base and audience that gets valuable insights through her page.
In the conversation with Icy Tales, Shraddha Shetty opened up on her journey, her opinion on nutrition in children, ways to deal with stress along with some inputs on what she loves about her profession.
Q) When did you decide to be a nutritionist and lifestyle expert?
Shraddha Shetty: Just like most Indian families, my parents wanted me to be a doctor and I was also looking in that direction only. But I think when the time came closer, I didn’t want to be a doctor but I knew that I wanted to be in the field of science and medicine.
During that time, there was not so much Internet exposure or social media to know so much about your career. And I didn’t have so much information about other fields. I remember as a kid I used to collect newspaper catalogs of the benefits of food or certain vitamins or home remedies.
Then I knew that I want to pursue something in nutrition because I think that excites me. So I started looking out for things to pursue nutrition, but wasn’t eligible at the colleges that I wanted to attend.
This was because of one of the subjects that I didn’t have as part of my bachelor’s degree. So I decided to pursue Hospital Operations Management.
Even after I started working, I was still directed towards the whole nutrition and lifestyle thing and I kept my research on.
Later while I was working, I found this college and a course where I was eligible with the subjects that I had taken, and then finally I did my master’s. That’s how it all started.
Q) What is something that you love about your profession?
Shraddha Shetty: What I love the most would be to have the ability to make changes in people’s lives. I can’t put it in words, but when you see your patients or clients come up with improved reports, it feels great. It is nice to see people come back to say they’re feeling happy or healthy.
It is nice, not just for them, but for me. That kind of satisfaction you can’t define. I feel fortunate to have that opportunity and especially working with a mentor like Luke Coutinho, it is amazing. So that keeps the excitement going on.
You must have heard of the very common saying that “Health is Wealth”. Those three simple words have so much truth in them.
I can’t emphasize enough because that’s such a simple statement, but it means so much. If you are physically and mentally healthy, there’s nothing that you cannot achieve.
I’m fortunate that I have that opportunity and to some extent, the ability to change people’s life and to make them move in this direction. So that is what I think I love about my profession.
Q) What is your opinion on nutrition for children?
Shraddha Shetty: I think nutrition in children is very important. We all need to see how we can build the right foundation for that growth because when it comes to children, the parents or the family members around play a big role.
It is as simple as if the parents are eating unhealthy and they expect their kids to eat healthy, that’s not going to work.
Children learn from what they observe so we have to be role models and set the right example so that they can pick up those good habits.
But if around them, things are not the ideal way that we are expecting them to follow, it’s not going to happen. It’s not the right expectation to have so I think when it comes to nutrition in children, I think the parents and the family members play a big role.
Q) Along with your husband, you post a lot of empowering, funny, and relatable videos that the audience has loved. When did you get this idea and how did you develop it?
Shraddha Shetty: We didn’t put too much thought into it and there was no such planning done around it. I think one day he was just recording one of his dances and he asked me also to join in with him.
I have been a part of recording and editing some of his videos but I was very reluctant to dance because I’m not a great dancer.
But then he kept telling me that the steps are simple and we could just try. After a lot of convincing, I finally said okay and we did it.
When we uploaded the video, we got a good response from our audience. It was like a boost for me because I realized that I was not that bad of a dancer.
Then we posted a series of reels and after a while, we stopped. After this, people started commenting that they want to see both of us together, so that was rewarding.
Then we were wondering why is this more impactful when two people are saying the same thing and our audience is liking when we dance together.
Q) What are your plans and how do you plan on achieving them?
Shraddha Shetty: When you ask me that question, it reminds me of the questions that we would get asked in a job interview where I would be very politically correct but now, I am just going to say what’s in my heart.
I would like to say that I’m not a very big planner. I like to take things with the flow, as this concept of hardly planning works very well as I don’t put that pressure on myself.
And the best thing so far is that it has worked for me. So I like to go with that kind of flow so I don’t have any big plans.
But I see myself educating people and continuing this work of being able to help people by improving their health and bringing it to a more natural and true form without too many complications. I want to make life easy and of course, I want to travel a lot.
Shraddha Shetty aims to help more people get better at their lives. She is also open to learning new things in her professional field, to help her get better at herself, while also giving the best to others.
Check out the insightful conversation with Shraddha Shetty on our YouTube Channel.