As a successful girlboss, Payal’s ideas of luxury was wearing unlimited diamond jewelry and eating as many chocolates and sweets as she wanted. But seeing the diseases like diabetes and high cholesterol that commonly run in the Indian community shaped her perspective.
That paranoia got Payal thinking if her ethnic roots made her prone to these illnesses. How can she defy her destiny?
Enough teasing - Payal is ready to let the cat out of the bag! Read on and find out how her small changes made big impacts.
Killer looks and charm checked, Payal Shah is more than just your everyday businesswoman who has amassed a huge following on social media. She is a girlboss who knows exactly what she wants - starting a business of her passion, in her best state of wellbeing.
But it is not that common to come across a vegan in her community. Once the topic of food began, Payal couldn’t help sharing all the dietary changes her family has mindfully made over the years.
“It has been a long while since we switched from dairy milk to plant-based milk. My mom would knead her whole dough with wheat flour instead of plain flour. We try to opt out everything that could possibly be harmful to our health.”
She has her reasons to be so health-conscious.
Throughout her life, Payal grew up around family members who suffered from different chronic illnesses. When she noticed her own lifestyle choices beginning to affect her body, she decided to not wait until it is too late to do something.
Despite her dedicated efforts in persisting her vegetarian diet, she could not be certain if this was good enough to exempt her from obesity, diabetes or hypertention that has been running in her family and the Indian community.
Payal was haunted by the thought of her ethnic roots predisposing her to preventable diseases. “I couldn’t help thinking that there’s a strong genetic factor that’s affecting my community. I knew I could change the outcome of my health”. Payal did not want to be another community statistic. To avoid that from happening, she began her search for her own answers and rewrote her genetic destiny.
Payal first picked up her CircleDNA Premium kit with her best friend as a duel to challenge each other - who has the better genes and who fares better in health. The besties took the game seriously and went through the reports section by section.
A relief to learn that she had no inherited health risks entailed in her DNA, the results, however, confirmed her sensitivity to carbs and fats, leading her to be more cautious about what she eats. “It turned out that I have a high predisposition to hypertriglyceridimia, which, as my genetics counsellor explained, increases my risk of stroke, heart attack and heart disease. ”, said the jewellery designer.
Making small changes as a way of rewriting the story of her genetic risks, Payal now follows her DNA reports' suggestions to incorporate more iodine and calcium in her diet, and goes for regular screenings to check her blood parameters. She now stays alert and ahead of changes in her body before they become pressing concerns.
“Many people get diagnosed with preventable illnesses too late. I want to be more proactive about my health, knowing the kind of background I come from.”
As an entrepreneur who runs a luxury business, Payal has perceptive insights on what her clients desire, and what “wealth” may look like. In her own words, “the definition of luxury has changed.”
“No one wants to work the bum off to make 1 million dollars in order to live the jetset life. I think what people these days want is a balanced life - making nice money but also maintaining work-life balance, maybe working 10-to-4 with Fridays off. Eating well, feeling loved and empathetic, with both their mental and physical health taken care of - it's a holistic package. Health definitely has a huge part to play in this big picture.”
Evidently, that is the lifestyle that Payal has already geared towards.
For Payal, this was not just a DNA test - it was an investment for her peace of mind. It took the guesswork and paranoia about the genetic predispositions that lie in her ethnic roots out of the equation.
“I have invested in a lot of successful business ventures, but I think the DNA test is still the best investment that I’ve ever made”.
Payal is also a firm believer that there is no one-for-all formula for everything in life, be it health or making jewelleries. “That’s actually why I name my brand L’Dezen, which means one-of- a-kind in French. DNA is just ike diamond, every piece of stone is unique on its own. Even twins can’t be identical.” The DNA test was the key to unlock her unique recipe of health.
Today, Payal sees herself following a journey of positive living, working on things she loves, including working with her genes to defy her destiny and making her body and life the biggest assets she owns.
You, too, can make full use of DNA insights to unlock a healthier, future you.
Trying to understand yourself? Look no further - just look within. Get hold of your own DNA insights: the in-depth discovery of what your body emcompasses. Finding out potential health risks earlier is the first step towards taking care of your future self. Prevention is always better than cure.