In the realm of clinical nutrition and dietetics, Parims Nutrition stands as a shining example of excellence and innovation. With a steadfast commitment to transforming lives through personalized nutrition, Parims Nutrition has carved a distinctive niche for itself in the industry. When compared to its competitors, this esteemed organization sets new benchmarks with its unique approach and comprehensive range of services.
At the core of Parims Nutrition’s success lies its highly qualified and experienced clinical nutritionist and dietitian Parimala Devi. She possesses an exceptional understanding of the interplay between nutrition and health, allowing to provide tailored solutions that go beyond generic advice. With a deep appreciation for the diverse needs of her clients, she meticulously crafts dietary plans that consider individual preferences, cultural factors, and medical conditions.
To understand what truly sets Parims Nutrition apart from all its competitors, we interviewed Parimala Devi Kumara Swamy – Founder & Consultant Dietitian.
What are your qualifications and also talk about certifications/associations?
I completed my Masters in Human Nutrition & Metabolism from the University of Aberdeen in Scotland, UK, and another Masters in Food & Nutrition from PSG College of Arts & Science in Coimbatore, India. My Bachelor’s degree is in Nutrition, Food Service Management & Dietetics from Coimbatore, India.
Currently, I hold the position of Joint Secretary at the Coimbatore Chapter of the Indian Dietetic Association. I was a Registered Dietitian in the UK from 2009 to 2012 and a Registered Associate Nutritionist from 2007 to 2009.
I actively participate as a member in several professional organizations, including the Indian Dietetic Association (IDA), the Nutrition Society of India (NSI), the Indian Association of Parenteral & Enteral Nutrition (IAPEN), and the Network of Professionals of Food and Nutrition (FSSAI). Additionally, I am a member of The Nutrition Society in the United Kingdom.
How many years of experience do you have in this field?
With over 20 years of experience, I have developed a deep expertise in various areas of nutrition. My specialization lies in Bariatric Nutrition, where I provide tailored guidance for individuals undergoing weight loss procedures. I am well-versed in addressing weight-related issues such as obesity and overweight, offering personalized strategies for weight management.
Another area of specialization for me is Gastrointestinal Diseases Nutrition. I have extensive knowledge and experience in providing dietary recommendations for individuals with gastrointestinal conditions, ensuring optimal nutrition and digestive health.
I am also an expert in managing Metabolic Syndrome and Type 2 Diabetes, Dyslipidemia, Hypertension, kidney diseases, Gout, and Anemia through targeted nutritional interventions. I develop personalized plans to help individuals manage these conditions and improve their overall health.
Furthermore, I have experience in providing nutritional guidance for individuals with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS). I understand the specific dietary needs associated with PCOS and create tailored meal plans to support hormonal balance and overall well-being.
Additionally, I possess excellent skills in promoting healthy and balanced nutrition. I believe in educating individuals about the importance of a well-rounded diet and empowering them to make informed choices for their overall health and wellness.
Please talk about the factors you consider while providing custom nutrition plans or counseling.
During an initial virtual consultation, I will assess various aspects to gather comprehensive information for effective nutrition planning. This includes conducting anthropometric measurements such as height, weight, BMI, and assessing fat and muscle percentage to understand body composition.
I will also review the individual’s medical history, including any existing medical conditions or relevant health concerns. Clinical and biochemical characteristics will be evaluated to gain insight into specific health markers and indicators.
Some physical signs and symptoms may be asked orally, while others may be assessed visually through the virtual consultation. This helps in understanding any visible indications of underlying health issues or nutritional deficiencies.
Dietary assessment plays a crucial role, where I evaluate food and fluid intake to assess the quality and quantity of food consumed. This includes exploring any changes in appetite, identifying food allergies or intolerances, and conducting a 24-hour recall to understand typical eating patterns.
Food security is another aspect that will be discussed, focusing on food availability, access, and consumption. Understanding the individual’s access to nutritious food and potential challenges they may face is important in developing suitable recommendations.
I usually also inquire about any ongoing treatments or medications, including any prescription drugs, to consider their impact on nutrition and tailor the recommendations accordingly.
The initial virtual consultation typically lasts for an hour, although in some cases it may extend further. I will collect a detailed diet history to analyze nutrient intake and design a balanced diet accordingly. Based on the consultation, a recommended meal plan will be provided based on the selected package. Depending on the chosen package, a weekly review will also be offered to monitor progress and make any necessary adjustments.
What tools or techniques do you use for dietary assessment?
In my practice, I adhere to the Nutrition Care Process, which is an evidence-based approach aimed at improving consistency and the quality of care while considering the unique needs and values of each client.
The first step in the process is an extensive Nutrition Assessment. This assessment involves gathering data from various sources, including anthropometric measurements, biochemical parameters, medical tests and procedures, nutrition-focused physical findings, and client history. By thoroughly examining these aspects, I gain a comprehensive understanding of the client’s nutritional status.
Based on the data collected during the Nutrition Assessment, I proceed to establish a specific Nutrition Diagnosis by identifying the underlying nutrition problem. This diagnosis is named and defined, allowing me to pinpoint the precise cause of the issue.
Throughout the client’s journey, I continuously monitor and evaluate their progress. The frequency and duration of monitoring and evaluation depend on the selected package. I assess whether the client is moving towards their goals and making progress in line with the given intervention plan. This ongoing evaluation allows for adjustments and refinements to ensure optimal outcomes are achieved.
This comprehensive approach ensures the delivery of high-quality nutrition services and fosters positive results in improving overall health and well-being.
What strategies do you employ to educate and empower patients to make healthy food choices and adopt sustainable dietary habits?
In my practice, I prioritize understanding and acknowledging the actual reality of my clients. I approach them with empathy and strive to motivate them towards realistic and achievable goals. This involves setting short-term health-oriented and personal goals that can be gradually implemented through personalized dietary changes.
For instance, instead of setting an unrealistic goal of waking up at 5 am or 6 am, I may suggest a more achievable target of getting up at 7:30 am instead of 8:30 am, who gets up at 9am or 10am. This allows for a gradual adjustment that is more likely to be successful and sustainable for the client.
Similarly, when it comes to dietary changes, I encourage clients to start with small steps. For example, I may recommend including just one tablespoon of vegetables in their every meal thrice a day. I also emphasize the importance of incorporating fruits into their diet, even if it is just one piece of fruit such as amla (Indian gooseberry). These gradual changes help clients build confidence and develop healthier habits over time.
By taking this personalized approach and focusing on realistic and achievable goals, I aim to support and empower clients in making meaningful and sustainable changes to their lifestyle and dietary habits. This approach fosters a positive mindset, increases motivation, and increases the likelihood of long-term success in achieving their health and wellness objectives.
Parimala Devi Kumara Swamy
Parimala Devi Kumara Swamy is an experienced and adaptable dietitian with a career spanning two decades. Known for her resourcefulness and dynamic approach, she tailors her teaching style during diet counseling to meet the specific and unique needs of her clients. With exceptional public speaking skills, she effortlessly organizes and expresses ideas, connecting with audiences authentically. Parimala specializes in promoting healthy lifestyle changes through education, motivation, and empowerment, employing a psychological approach to address clients’ perceptions effectively. She holds the distinction of being the first leading bariatric dietitian in Tamilnadu and has conducted training for surgeons, anesthetists, dietitians, and nurses on bariatric nutritional aspects. As the Founder & Consulting Dietitian of Parims Nutrition in Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, she has created the organization’s mission and vision statements, implemented business policies to ensure consistency and high-quality standards, and raised brand awareness through educational videos and posters. Having counseled and guided over 5000 patients on the relationship between food, nutrition, weight, and health, Parimala is widely recognized as a renowned dietitian in Coimbatore city and across Tamilnadu. She has also made significant contributions as a media spokesperson, article writer, and the creator of the Qualified Dietitians of Coimbatore Meet (CNE), further solidifying her expertise and influence in the field.