For Shreya, one of the leading dietitian of the country, even the most grievous diseases can be treated without surgeries or medications. ‘Dietitian Shreya’s Family Diet Clinic’ is a chain of 9 clinics across India. It is not every day that you come across an ardent personality who is not only an ideal paradigm for all entrepreneurs but also maintains a perfect balance betwixt personal and professional life.
Motherhood brings more responsibility for a woman than anything else can. The difference is carved by those who don’t let life’s phases take over their aspirations. People flung around the word ‘choice’ heedlessly for women who have actually fallen into the trap of fencing their lives as a domestic keeper than achieving their goals. Albeit, nothing could acquire Shreya’s enthusiasm and stop her from pulling off her dreams towards reality.
Early Life of Shreya
Dietitian Shreya’s versatile personality was a childhood trait, getting admission for B.Sc in Home science college Chandigarh, was under sports scholarship which was followed by her internship in the far-famed PGI hospital.
Her smiling persona is indeed a prominent aspect which creates a positive aura around people, and this is one factor that holds the potential of making a huge difference for anyone. An entrepreneurial spirit requires this attitude very much especially to stimulate the growth of a business.
“I never wanted to get dominated by my family, even after marriage in 2006, it didn’t feel right to be dependent. Hence, I chose to start a clinic though my baby girl was still an infant. Of course, certain expectations from the family hindered at first, but women must know whilst respecting the family responsibility, they hold some for themselves as well. There’s no point ignoring your own dreams for the choices you make, even the influenced ones.” Says Dietitian Shreya
Establishing “Dietitian Shreya’s Family Diet Clinic”
Dietitian Shreya speaking of her journey of establishing the chain of her clinics says, “I did a few jobs before establishing my own company; I worked with Fortis Hospital Mohali and in the midday meal services. With my family, I shifted to Delhi, where I got blessed by a baby girl, but there was certain dissatisfaction about things, irrespective of the fact that I didn’t even have enough money to pay the high rents of Chandigarh, I took the risks of driving there with my daughter. My job wasn’t sufficient to pay the bills in Chandigarh, but my husband Sukhpreet supported me throughout.”
“I read this news in some newspaper that Chandigarh stands on Rank 1 in diabetes; it didn’t take long for me to understand that Chandigarh is an untouched market where people are fooled with branded diets which are certainly not effective. My mother invested some money and hence, I was able to start my business though in a small room at first. No advertisements were required, as my results and mouth word spread well. I showed clear results that health ailments can be treated without medications but simply using therapeutic and non-therapeutic treatments efficiently. Now, we have a graph of 256% growth in 8 years of establishment.” She added.
For any entrepreneur to make a business idea work, a coherent strategy is cardinal for which the first step is being efficacious with the work’s results. Taking into consideration what market demands, and what is the current need of people, one fulfils the requirement with his/her own skills. This is what Dietitian Shreya did, with the current circumstances; she acted smartly evaluating the problem that the society was facing whilst believing in her abilities to fix the same.
Motivation and Achievements of Dietitian Shreya
Speaking of motivation Shreya recalls her past life, “Focus is indeed the tool to achieve, and it must be accompanied by the person’s hard work and passion. Even in the 7th month of my pregnancy, I worked. There was a point when my father got extremely sick while I was working with Fortis, he passed away. My dad was my support system, the one person I always counted upon. This shattered me a lot, making me depressed. I use to do things to make him proud. But, taking control at that point of time, I braced myself making him my motivation. I believe somewhere in an altered world, he still is keeping a watch on his daughter. My husband RJ Sukhpreet and father are an angelic figure to me.”
Sacrifices make a good story, and legends are a proof when women stood on the receiving end of society’s hesitancy to see them grow. But, what if there’s one woman who wants to stand out of the box? What if she wants to be a businesswoman and not depend on anyone to validate her existence? What if she just wants to gain financial independence for herself? There still were sacrifices for Shreya, when she couldn’t spend time with her little girl or with her loving husband. When she couldn’t make to the school functions of her daughter or to the family get together, these are compromises that a mother and a wife makes. At a tender age, when she can have a comfortable life with her husband’s salary, she chose to take a stand for herself, in accomplishing the dreams she once planned. Some unsaid compromises are still there, but with all of the accomplishments the lady holds in her closet, they are happily overlooked.
“I have many successful clients; sometimes on that chair, I actually forget that I am a mother and a wife. This attitude of mine has treated even patients with worse health conditions that doctors had suggested surgeries. There’s a law of attraction in me for my work, though I am compromising my family time, on my work chair it’s not a priority. My top priority is to cure my patients. This is in my nature that I get in the depth of what-so-ever I begin. Taking an example like I once had this patient who was suggested an open heart surgery by the doctors but now he is almost 75, and after my treatment, he has no sign of any disease. We would soon give his name for Limca book of records.” says Shreya.
Now, we can say that the lady made choices, for her family, and for her own self.
Speaking of her innovations as a Nutritionist Shreya tells, “I love innovating new food items, some of which are only available in my clinics. I started a grape food and different kind of flour. In my official website, I have shared the recipe of many healthy dishes as well. This keeps me going, each day I make 100-200 new friends daily sitting on my chair. All the challenges I faced raising my daughter and dealing with the hurdles of life, everything seems worth it when I am able to heal my patients.”
Words of Wisdom
“Let nothing limit you, either hurdles or responsibilities. Don’t ever give up on yourself and your health. Having a good mental and physical health, is a success in itself. Most people prefer to consult a doctor and go for surgeries, why to shed blood when certain amendments in your own lifestyle can bring you a healthy life.” says the dietitian Shreya
“For women, back and beyond the mentality of Indian society, own body and mindset are a limitation. There are so many grudging people to deal with, and mostly no one has a good intent at first. Now, of course after all these years, I very well know how to deal.” Added Dietitian Shreya.