By Asritha Vissapragda  on: 26 December 2015
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Wish you a very Happy and Healthy New Year 2016. This is the best time of the year to set your priorities. I thought of sharing my strategy while setting priorities. On this regard would like to share my personal story. Last year I am a bit late to set my goals. My thoughts are just wandering how to set my goals. So I started thinking about what can i do to the people around me, how can I be perfect towards others and about my business and everything about others . Then suddenly a thought arouse what is that more required to keep all these things in balance...It is "ME". "I Am"..." I should be strong and healthy enough both physically and spiritually to sustain my balance and share some energy to my beloved ones and my business." This one beautiful thought gave me many positive ideas. So I started with best possible small steps to improve my lifestyle and I am sure to maintain consistency. A healthy change should always be measured by how consitent you are with the change, then you see positive results. I saw the change and I wish all my audience should also experience this!!! So start journaling on what "you" as a person require and see the beautiful "I" or "ME" . Take some selftime to analyse your health. 



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Dietician / Nutritionist in Hyderabad, India 

I am Asritha.V. I am a Consulting Nutritionist. I did my masters in Applied Nutrition from U.S.A. I am a certified food and spirit practitioner. Worked for few months in Identity fitness studio.Guest speaker for Mahendra Retails Mom and Me stores in Hyderabad,  Delhi Public School Nacharam. Conducted 3 worksops for nutritional awareness, detox, nutragenomics respectively. I am an Independent nutrition consultant. I have my own clinic "Truly Nutrition" at street no#8 Hubsiguda, Hyderabad. I worked with  200  people to solve health problems by designing diet charts with chakra foods. I believe in nourishing whole self, so I also include mind,body,food way of treatment. Personal training on visualization techniques for whole body detox, stress, obesity are also available at my clinic.
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