Passionate about nutrition and a strong believer in the power of foods, she spearheaded, the first of its kind, a health food company in India ‘Whole Foods’, in the business of producing and retailing health foods and operating Health Cafe’s.As part of her commitment towards public health and community nutrition, Ms. Khosla founded ‘The Celiac Society Of India’, the first of its kind in India, to spread awareness about gluten related disorders and Celiac Disease, a condition caused by wheat and gluten intolerance. She is also involved in community service through the All India Women’s Association and Delhi Commonwealth Women’s Association. She has been an adviser to several organizations , multi-national companies and is on the board of many institutions including her Alma Mater Lady Irwin College Delhi University. She lectures extensively and is invited frequently to radio and television programmes. She has authored many books, among them are ‘Is Wheat Killing You?’ and ‘The Diet Doctor’ published by Penguin. She writes extensively for leading news papers and magazines and publish papers in scientific journals. Among her recognitions include ‘Distinguished Alumnus 2011’ at Lady Irwin College, ‘Women’s Achiever’s award in the Field of Nutrition by The Imperial & Cancer Patient Aids Association and ‘Jijabai Women Achiever’s award’. She has also been listed among the 25 most powerful women in the country by the India Today Group.
My motivation has been my belief in the healing power of foods. Success is a relative term- what I can say is that I have been blessed with the opportunities to realize my aspirations, enrich my learnings & make a difference. And still, have lots more to do.
How has been your journey? How easy or tough it’s been to achieve your goals!
My journey has not been chartered path – I chose, at every stage, to do what seemed meaningful and overall made sense. The sole purpose was to make a difference by inculcating appropriate communication skills, providing empathy and conviction with an integrated approach to food and nutrition science.
What appeared to be a paradigm shift in those days is considered a scientific break-through today. Encouraging people to eat traditional foods – fats like butter, ghee, eggs and nuts or fatty fish was unheard of 20 years ago. Breaking conventional mindsets in my field was more of an advantage than challenge for me. A holistic approach to wholesome eating was surely a change that people were not prepared to hear about – changing to low fat, low salt, sugar free, cholesterol free type of dietary advice; which today may seem very normal. On top of that, advising people about food sensitivities like gluten and other grains was also relatively lesser known and accepted when I started off. All in all, what may seemed like nutritional advice when I started was actually a constant battle against the holy grail when it comes to Indian food habits. Nevertheless, I have triumphed in some areas and have still lots more work to do in others.
Who is your role model in Life?
I have derived inspiration from many people I meet – right from my teachers, friends, family, colleagues, celebrities and even my patients. I guess if you are tuned in and ready to receive, there is something to learn throughout life.However, the passion for food and working to make sure what others eat is the best is definitely attributed to my father & mother.
Tell us something exclusive about yourself? What you love to do other than your work?
Music has been a true meditating source for me and I have invested in learning how to sing!
Your inspiration in Life?
I am inspired by the discoveries in my field of work every day. The dynamic nature of food and its impact have got me here and will keep inspiring me to learn more each day.
Where do you see yourself five years from now?
Across the globe: fitter and richer – In mind & spirit! Also, possibly investing lot more in learning about experiments with food academically.
Do you love travelling! which is yor most admired destination and the reason you chose it!
South India and Europe – the overall vibe and food, of course.
Your one liner for all other women aspirations?
Don’t ever try to be like men. Be secure and happy in your skin and aspire for your goals.
Your message to our readers.
Life is a struggle and life is beautiful. Each life must have a meaning. Your attitude and your inner dialogue determines how you live it. Stay positive and in gratitude.