1) Tell us about yourself and your journey:
I am Monika Vasudeva, a dietician and fitness enthusiast. I would describe myself as a very hardworking and determined person, once I set a goal, I ensure I accomplish it. I was always a very ambitious woman and I knew I had to do something different and out of the box. I am a former fashion designer and teacher. In 2014, I realized my true passion and decided to take it further. I already had vast knowledge in diet and nutrition, and I knew I had the potential to guide and help others to eat right. When I started, I was afraid and being a total newbie, I often did compare myself with my competitors, I thought I might not even make it, but it was the love and admiration that I received from my clients which made me realize my potential to even a greater scale. It made me proud when anyone would tell me how different their experience was with me as compared to their past dietician, I was told by many that they felt my diet plans were uncomplicated and very easy to follow. My journey has been a challenging yet great one, I love seeing one feel great about their body after joining Optimus Nutrition Fitness, my company that started in 2021. It has been a good ride so far, and I’m all set to see what the future holds.
2) What is your motive for getting in this field only:
Honestly, My main motive was to guide people in the correct manner, after my second pregnancy, I myself consulted with a dietician, that was not only a bad experience, which didn’t help me attain my goals, it made me realize what this industry lacked and ways in which I could fix these complications.
In my past-time, I would often read about articles on the right kind of diet plans, the right diet for kids and adults, the right diet for those with diseases and deficiencies, this led me to find my new interest and do something about it. I then started following a healthy lifestyle and eliminated any sort of junk or unhealthy food from my diet. The changes I felt in my body were tremendous, I felt that everyone struggling with diet and body issues should be educated about it, everyone should try and feel a difference in their body, this is when I knew that I was well suited to be a part of the diet industry and to bring a change by making the easiest diet plans which didn’t include complexities and anyone to starve in order to lose weight. I would say I did motivate myself and never gave up on my dream.
3) Tell us about your worst experience:
I wouldn’t consider any experience to be an unpleasant one, everything I have ever faced has been a blessing in disguise, I learned numerous lessons while dealing with thousands of people on a regular basis, it is obvious that someone or the other will be hard to handle, I have had impatient and short-tempered clients who expected to see results overnight, but with time, I learned how to manage and deal with my clients in a very friendly manner. Being in this industry, you have to alter yourself and try to understand what your client’s needs are, you need to know the right way to deal with conflicts and arguments, and once you know how to do that, you no longer have any sort of substandard experiences.
4) Advise to other dieticians:
Firstly, I would like to mention that I have a great amount of respect and admiration for every person involved in this industry, being a dietician, I know what a complex and challenging job this is. If you are a dietician and reading this, you know how much time and patience every single it takes to make every single diet plan. One thing I would strongly advise is to be true, to never deceive a client and give them false hopes, always guide and give them a realistic approach on weight loss or gain. I have seen a couple of companies or freelance dietitians falsely advertise, unrealistic weight goals like “lose 10 kg in one week” or even other unrealistic techniques which in the long term are very misleading and hurt the client’s emotions too. Another thing I would like to mention is that I have never understood the concept of “celebrity dietitians”, only working and dealing with celebrities, who are only humans like us, having the same body and functions. I don’t like this term, I feel a dietitian’s role should be to help and guide everyone and not make a normal person feel inferior and substandard, be a role model, a helper, a hero for everyone, this would be my advice to all.
5) What is unique in your strategy:
Something that is unique and extraordinary about me is my availability for my clients, one could be calling me at night, asking a very simple doubt and I would stop everything to answer. I do have work hours, but if you’re a part of the Optimus Nutrition Fitness family, I will never leave you unattended. I have been appreciated about this by each and every client of mine. This friendly and supportive method in which I deal with my clients brings them very close to me, they feel like they’ve known me for years and I have a special bond with all of them. Another thing is that I ensure that my client has attained their goals, I push and motivate them to such an extent that they know that they will have to do it. I am not at all strict, I give them cheat days, I make party special plans for those who inform me that they’ll be eating out. I do this so no one lies to me and is afraid to share that they couldn’t follow a plan for a day or two. I compensate for this later, but I give my clients the freedom to enjoy and eat while following a healthy lifestyle too, which leads them to love their journey with me.
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