Today's interview comes courtesy of Svetlana Smirnova from the Supergirls Club team.
Nimisha Gandhi is a functional medicine nutritionist, Ayurvedic counselor, and Yoga Nidra teacher. She holds a B.S. in Psychobiology from UCLA and has years of additional education in clinical research, gut microbiome, female, and environmental health.
Ancient healing practices and modern medicine have shaped Nimisha's understanding of mind-body-spirit wellness since childhood. She believes that ritual and pleasure are at the core of healing. In her private practice, Moon Cycle Nutrition, Nimisha works with teenage girls, fertility, prenatal, and postpartum women as well as autoimmune conditions and rebalancing the gut microbiome.
Nimisha serves as a board member of several health and wellness companies and organizations. She speaks regularly at conferences, retreats, and private events. You can also find Nimisha leading workshops and classes throughout SF and beyond.
Nimisha’s work is research-based, intuitive, and from the soul. You can learn more about Nimisha by visiting www.mooncyclenutrition.com and following her on Instagram @mooncyclenutrition.
Svet: What inspired you to work in Health & Wellness?
Nimisha: This is a much longer story to this question, but here are the most defining moments. As I was studying pre-med Psychobiology at UCLA, I started experiencing gut-health problems. I was given an ambiguous diagnosis of IBS and the only solution seemed to be anti-depressants and talk therapy. Being at UCLA and a research nerd, I enrolled in a study looking at mindfulness and IBS, which got me thinking deeply about holistic health. At the same time, my beloved grandparents became ill and were being shuffled around in the medical care system. At this point, I realized that modern medicine was lacking in getting to the root cause of disease. As soon as I made the decision that I did not want to continue on to medical school, Ayurveda found me. It was a calling I had always known, but it wasn’t until that moment that I heard it. Luckily, there was an Ayurvedic program not too far from UCLA and I attended classes on the weekends while I finished up my undergrad degree. My journey has been long to get to the point where I am in my career, but every time I’ve listened to my intuition, it has always brought me back to working with people as a nutritionist.
Svet: What is your favorite part of your work?
Nimisha: I was once sitting at an outdoor café with my son, watching the bustle of the farmer’s markets. My son started playing with a girl his age and so I naturally started talking to her mother. After a while, the mother asked me what I did for work and I told her I am a fertility nutritionist. She took a deep breath and shared her story about a devastating miscarriage she experienced and went on to say that she’s never openly talked about it. She also said that she didn’t know work like mine existed and she wished she had more support. I held her hand for a while. It is moments like these that make my work valuable.
I am not very public about the success of my private clients and group coaching classes, but it is their achievements through our work together that make me want to continue doing my work. Not every client is easy to work with nor is every case a simple case of diet change. I get to work with people on an emotional, spiritual, clinical, and physical level and help them recognize the healer within themselves. I am a witness to people blooming and coming home to themselves.
Svet: How do you manage your time working for yourself?
Nimisha: This has been the biggest challenge for me. I am a working mother who serves on several boards and is part of the Parent Association at my son’s school. As a holistic healthcare provider, it’s important that my family is well-nourished and we have all of our emotional needs met. Cycle mapping my life has helped me tremendously balance work and home. Cycle mapping is syncing your monthly hormonal/menstrual cycles with everything else in your life. I have more much more energy right after my period, so that is when I tend to schedule all of my meetings, workshops, travel, and working with clients. In the latter phase of my cycle, I tend to just want to cuddle with my son and do the creative and non-social aspects of my work.
Svet: If you were to give a single piece of advice to aspiring Health & Wellness entrepreneurs, what would it be?
Nimisha: It really is an exciting time to be in the health and wellness industry. More and more people are aware and open to the idea that you can take control of your life through food and lifestyle changes. To really set yourself apart in the industry, do the hard work. Learn from reputable teachers and schools and put in your hours. Before you start dishing out advice, do the research. Do not rely on information coming from bloggers and documentaries. Always learn the source of information, the motivation behind the information, and who is funding the information. Remember, you will always be the student.
About the author:
Svetlana (aka "Sveta", aka "Lana") is inspired by all things education, art, and psychology. A believer in lifelong learning, she thinks Human intelligence can eat AI for breakfast. Connect with Svetlana on Facebook or LinkedIn.