Let me tell my readers A Story Of A Lady who is unstoppable. In her childhood home, in the heart of Mumbai, she regularly helped her mother with preparing their family meals. Food was aromatic, full of spices, and delicious.By helping her mom in the kitchen throughout her childhood, she was lucky to be introduced to cooking and proper nutrition at a young age.
She is Gauri Junnarkar, founder of Ayurnutrition: Integrative and Holistic Wellness practice in Dallas Fort Worth, Texas, USA.
She is a wellness preneur combining the ancient wisdom of Ayurveda with modern nutrition, an author, international keynote speaker, Nutrition Ayurveda & wellness expert.
She is a classically trained Vaidya ( Ayurveda Practitioner), Registered and Licensed Dietitian, , Certified Diabetes Educator and a Licensed Massage Therapist.
She has co-authored the book ‘Primer on Ayurveda’ available on Amazon. She guides people who want to improve their health and wellness to feel better, eat better, increase energy levels, vitality and reduce stress levels.
“Little did I know that an incident involving a small cut on my thumb while helping her cut onions would serve as a major turning point in my life and also introduce me to Ayurveda – the ancient health science of India.– Gauri Junnarkar
Following the small scrape, the area on my finger was bleeding. In response, my mom instructed me to wash my hands and gently dab a pinch of Turmeric on the open cut. She also emphasized the importance of slowing down while using a kitchen knife. In just a few short seconds, the bleeding had immediately stopped. She briefly explained the healing benefits of Turmeric, which left a lasting impression on me for the rest of my childhood and adult life.”
Daily gratitude practice, grounding and Ayurvedic Abhyanga Massage became her everyday practice, and it is still part of her routine today. Gauri immersed herself in India’s ancient science of healing throughout her life and went on to receive her Bachelor’s degree in Ayurvedic Medicine (BAMS) from the University of Mumbai.
This education allowed her to work as an Ayurveda Practitioner in a Mumbai clinic, which exposed her to diverse patient populations and reinforced her passion for complimentary wellness.
After moving across the globe to the U.S. with her husband 15 years ago, she was determined to continue this practice while furthering her education.
“My knowledge and experience with the Ayurvedic diet and food principles coupled with my interest in evidence-based nutrition led me to pursue a rigorous and competitive combined clinical internship and Graduate Nutrition program in order to become a Registered Dietitian (RD).”– Gauri Junnarkar
Her background in Ayurveda inspired her to complete her Master’s thesis research on “Dietary Curcumin (phytochemical in Turmeric) and its effect in Melanoma (skin cancer)”.
This research was selected at the National conference on Experimental Biology under “Diet and Cancer” and also at the Texas Dietetic Association conference.
“Despite my many years of dedication as a RD in an outpatient diabetes setting, there was always a little voice in the back of my mind telling me to go back to my roots of Ayurveda.”– Gauri Junnarkar
Understanding the proven benefits to evidence-based and individualized nutrition, Gauri was determined to share this passion with others in the U.S. by using a unique combination of Ayurveda principles.
With a desire to offer an individual approach to one’s health and wellness, Ayurnutrition was born in 2009. Knowing that she wanted to provide Panchakarma and various Ayurvedic therapies at Ayurnutrition, she became a Licensed Massage Therapist (LMT) in order to expand upon the individualized wellness plan options for each valued client.
“I believe that balanced nutrition paired with Ayurvedic principles may allow for a more rejuvenated living.”– Gauri Junnarkar
Each client coming to Ayurnutrition may walk in with a different wellness concern weight management, Type 1 or Type 2 Diabetes, Prediabetes, Gestational Diabetes, GI issues, Hypertension, Heart Disease, High Cholesterol and Triglyceride, Women’s wellness, stress management or many others.
With proper nutrition being a key factor in disease management and prevention, she works together with each person to develop a realistic and personalized wellness plan to ensure long-term healthy habits.
With almost a decade of professional experience in evidence-based nutrition, coupled with her Ayurveda roots, Ayurnutrition serves as an innovative and comprehensive private practice promoting balance, nourishment and rejuvenation.