Heta, as free-flowing as a bird, had her wings chopped off when she was diagnosed with fibroids in 2019, and then shunned inside a cage when detected with rheumatoid arthritis 6 months later. Someone who had been used to travelling all across the world, was now suddenly forced to be in bed for 6 months. Not only was her self made business at stake, but also her mind, and her will to live. Did she survive the darkness? Come let's find out.
Age31 years old
|Workshop attended Juice Fast Workshop (April 2020)|
Time taken to heal3 month
Satvic Lifestyle steps followed
“Going with the flow was the motto of my life until disease came and took not only that flow away but also my ability to sit without screaming in pain”
Being an entrepreneur, my role always demanded me to travel across cities and countries, managing different events. I was known for making decisions at the drop of the hat, wanting control over every choice that had to be made. Until life challenged me with one such decision that I had never thought I would have to choose from. Allopathy, homoeopathy or Ayurveda?
Me: ‘Can I choose none?’
Life: Beeeeeeeeep. Wrong answer!
Me: ‘Alright, I’ll go with option three’
Life: Ayurveda? Here, gulp down a bottle of ghee.
Me: Yikes! Alright, alright. Give me another chance. Option two.
Life: Homeopathy? Sure. And here comes a complementary 12 kgs of swelling with it.
I kid you not! I had been 48 kg all my life, and now suddenly because of Arthritis, I had swelled up like a ball all across my body, touching 60 kg. Not only was I dreading to look at myself in the mirror, but I couldn't, even if I wanted to. Because for being able to look at me in the mirror, I had to first walk to the mirror. Did I mention my thighs were so in pain that walking was no longer even an option?
Heta struggling with leg pain due to arthritis and sudden weight gain
6 months of bed rest and a break from my business is a decision that life made for me, and I had no say in it.
When I finally was in a little better condition to move, I travelled to Puttaparthi in Andhra Pradesh for the first time, and wrote a letter to god with these exact words “I want a pain free and a medicine-free body please.”
Little did I know that God’s service would be quicker than Dominos.
I landed on an ad promotion of a Juice fast being held by Satvic Movement, a YouTube channel that my mother had shared with me 2 years ago, but I had never really bothered to look through. However, now I was too desperate for an answer, so I grabbed the opportunity. Not knowing that it wasn't just any opportunity, but God’s reply to my letter.
Growing wings again
April 2020, I began my juice fast with the online Facebook community. On the third day, my swelling was already down by 20%. And that was all I needed as a sign to give this lifestyle a shot. I had been known for my determination, and this is exactly where I decided to test it. For three months I stuck to the lifestyle with complete sincerity.
Beginning my day with sunbathing, like a friendly chat with the sun for an hour, soaking in his wisdom in the form of rays. Then letting a detox ash gourd juice cleanse every part of my body internally. Respecting the body for the temple that it is by offering it only satvic home cooked food. Paying my visit to enema and wet pack every single day for the first 21 days, and then only once a week, as a ritual. Like one looks forward to the weekend to relax, I would look forward to the weekend to do my enema and wet pack.
Did I get rewarded for my determination though?
Heta all ready to make Satvic beetroot chapatis with her composite dough
A flight so high
The taste of no reward has been as sweet as the one of this.
And no, I am not only referring to all the satvic desserts I got complimentary with the lifestyle, but also all the changes that started happening inside and outside me. Within three weeks of following the lifestyle, my swelling was completely gone. My long lost confidence was back. Energy levels were shooting off the roof. Those 6 months of lost business were now all being made up for. The mental distress that I felt all through the previous years, which were also a big reason for my body falling sick, was now nowhere to be seen. Someone who didn't know the C of cooking and used to run away from it was now turned into a self-proclaimed chef, waiting to experiment with more and more of the Satvic Food Book recipes each day.
Heta practicing her daily meditation before going to bed
Not only did my body come out of misery, but I completely evolved as a human being.
And one thing that I couldn't have imagined happening in my wildest dreams?
A newfound beauty in my relationship with my partner through Satvic Movement.
God, you truly are miraculous.
I'm randomly scrolling through the posts of people on the Online Facebook Juice Fast Group, and here I see my man, Ishaan, making a rap on the benefits of juice fasting. Creativity beyond my imagination, and a smile so intoxicating, that no amount of juice could save me from it. And I almost instantly fell deeper in love.
Heta with love of her life, Ishan
We await our engagement in May 2020.
And soon would I be visiting Puttaparthi again, not alone this time, to write another letter to god with these exact words “I couldn't have asked for this grand a wish, even if you yourself came down and granted me one. I am forever grateful.”
Heta has been following the lifestyle since April 2020 until today. And had successfully left all her medication beginning in June 2020. She says she is in such deep love with the Satvic way of living that her day feels incomplete if she wouldn't do any one of her rituals. She has also been able to inspire her mother to take this lifestyle up, as she too suffers from Rheumatoid Arthritis.