Wellness Curated is a nurturing community centred on health and wellness, a safe space where you will find the support you need, whatever you’re going through. This is a one-stop shop for information on diverse healing practices and products, both modern and time-honoured, as we believe the best results are achieved when the body, mind and spirit are all given due importance in the healing process. I bring you the advice of world-renowned medical experts as well as practitioners of complementary non-traditional treatments in a bid to empower you with all the information you need to heal from the inside out. Carefully curated by me, Anshu Bahanda, this list of tools and techniques will support your wellness journey and help you enjoy a fuller, more productive life.

Latest Episodes

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Paws & Reflect

Join Anshu Bahanda in this profound episode as she engages in a heart-rending conversation with Alokparna Sengupta, the driving force behind Humane Society International, India, and Ashraf Hussain, a steadfast animal advocate. Together, they delve into pressing issues facing our animal brethren, from the grim conditions of farm animals and the troubling rituals during festivals, to the urgent reforms needed in animal protection laws. Amid stories of cruelty, they also shine a light on hope, showcasing how collective efforts can bring about meaningful change. Be prepared for a journey that’s not just about animals, but the very essence of humanity. Subscribe, listen, and be part of the change!

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Tailored to Last: Innovations that are shaping the future of fashion

Join host, Anshu Bahanda as she talks to fashion vanguards Dr. Amanda Parkes of Fashion Tech Lab and Mahima Gujral from SUI, about the evolving world of sustainable fashion. Discover innovative materials, even denims and leathers, created from nettle, grapes and banana leaves, and learn about eco-conscious dyes developed from waste by a pioneering Indian startup, founded by an MIT alumnus. Dr. Parkes sheds light on how AI is shaping the future of sustainable design while Mahima shines the spotlight on Kala Cotton, an indigenous Indian cotton that’s intrinsically eco-conscious. They also talk about the intricacies of style and sustainability in today’s fashion marketplace. This episode offers a compelling blend of tech, tradition, and a forward-thinking approach to fashion. Tune in for a fresh perspective on fashion’s sustainable journey.

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From Intentions to Impact: Business Solutions for Climate Change

“From Intentions to Impact,” cuts through the noise to present clear, actionable strategies for businesses and individuals to tackle climate change head-on. 

Explore the potential that lies in aligning your business goals with sustainable practices and discover how leveraging innovative technologies can bolster both your impact and your bottom line. Marcus Watson, NED, Ground Control offers invaluable insights, peppered with inspiring real-life examples, and in so doing, presents an optimistic view of how businesses can thrive in an era of climate change.

Importantly, this episode goes beyond just talking about the problem – it gives you the tools to be a part of the solution. As you tune in, prepare to unlock a wealth of knowledge that can transform intentions into measurable, meaningful impact. Join us on this essential journey as we unite to make a difference. 

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Nature Therapy

From the soothing sounds of rustling leaves to the vibrant hues of blooming flowers, nature has an innate ability to rejuvenate and restore our mind, body, and soul. Join us on this much-needed reminder to reconnect with the world around us and tap into the profound healing energy of nature. Renowned conservationist, Dr Anish Andheria, CEO of Wildlife Conservation Trust, takes you on a captivating journey of healing and connection in this episode of Wellness Curated, hosted by Anshu Bahanda. 

Dr Andheria highlights the timeless connection between humans and nature, passed down through generations. He also shares practical ways to incorporate nature’s transformative influence into our lives: from creating a small garden oasis in your balcony to immersing yourself in mindful walks in nearby parks. Don’t take it lightly. These seemingly simple acts of embracing nature hold the potential to bring remarkable positive changes to your well-being. 

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Hacking Happiness

Happiness Hacks: In this episode, host Anshu Bahanda talks to Aditi Surana, founder of India’s first mental gym—APT about why happiness eludes so many, and what it really takes to be happy.

Aditi shares her observations on what brings people joy and what the research shows about happiness; and she also explains why so many people reported higher levels of happiness despite the stress and uncertainty of lockdowns. Through her expertise, she sheds light on the power of resilience, adaptability, and the ability to find joy in simple pleasures. Aditi’s unique perspective will inspire you to look for silver linings and discover happiness even in the face of adversity.

Throughout this engaging conversation, Aditi also unveils practical strategies to cultivate happiness in everyday life. From fostering meaningful connections to engaging in self-care, she provides actionable steps to enhance your well-being and embrace a happier mindset.

So, get ready to embark on a transformative journey towards a happier and more fulfilled life. Tune in to “Wellness Curated” as Aditi Surana reveals her secrets to Happiness Hacks, including her reflections on the pandemic and how people found happiness in unexpected places.

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From Doubt to Clarity: The road to better decisions

In this episode, author and psychotherapist Sheri Van Dijk, a renowned expert in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), delves into the intricacies of decision-making and the three states of mind that influence our choices. She explores Emotion Mind, where our emotions take control, Reasonable Mind, where rational thinking prevails, and the harmonious intersection of the two known as Wise Mind.

Drawing from scientific research and her extensive experience in DBT, Sheri offers practical solutions rooted in mindfulness and DBT techniques. She highlights the importance of grounding techniques, such as the Downward Dog exercise, to activate the parasympathetic nervous system and promote calmness, thereby enhancing our ability to make sound decisions.

As an accomplished author, Sheri’s expertise is showcased through her highly acclaimed books, including “Calming the Emotional Storm” and “DBT Made Simple”. Through this episode, she guides listeners on a transformative journey, illuminating the path to mindful decision-making. Discover how you can integrate practical DBT strategies into your daily life, empower yourself to make better choices and cultivate a sense of inner harmony and fulfilment.

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Behind the #InstaLife: Balancing Social Media and Emotional Well-being

Join us for an illuminating discussion on ‘Social Media and Mental Health’ with eminent psychiatrist Dr. Pervin Dadachanji and influential social media personality, Khushnaz Turner. In this episode, Khushnaz shares her candid perspective as a mother and influencer, revealing her personal approach to managing her digital presence, including the ground rules within the Turner household for social media use. Highlighting the importance of ‘switching off’ to fully engage with the real world, she provides a refreshing viewpoint on achieving balance in our increasingly connected lives.

On the other hand, Dr. Dadachanji delves into the profound psychological effects of social media. With her insightful analysis, she uncovers the startling link between depression and excessive social media use. Furthermore, she explores the often overlooked impact of social media on our ability to empathise, offering a compelling perspective on how our digital habits shape our emotional responses.

This thought-provoking conversation uncovers hidden dimensions of our online lives, serving as a guide towards understanding and navigating our digital behaviours for improved mental health. Tune in for a deeper exploration of the intricate relationship between our social media habits and mental well-being.

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EQ in love and relationships

Embark on a journey of personal growth through this engaging episode in which Nishigandha Date, psychologist and co-founder of Querencia Psychology, talks about emotional intelligence (EQ) and its profound impact on relationships and personal well-being. Join us as we uncover the roots of codependency and explore effective strategies to break free from its hold. Gain valuable insights from Nishigandha’s extensive expertise on how EQ influences the building and maintenance of healthy relationships, the importance of setting boundaries, and the art of fostering authentic connections. 

Discover the remarkable benefits of having a high EQ, including enhanced emotional well-being, resilience, and overall life satisfaction. Nishigandha, with her wealth of knowledge, shares practical strategies and valuable tips for developing and strengthening your EQ, empowering you to navigate life’s challenges with grace and self-awareness.

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Emotional Flooding: Navigating the storm

In this riveting episode, we delve into ‘Emotional Flooding’ with renowned psychiatrist Dr. Shefali Batra, author of ‘Why Do I Feel So Sad?’. Unravel why some get engulfed in an emotional deluge while others don’t. Explore the links between emotional responses and past trauma. Learn to identify triggers and navigate overwhelming emotions. Tune in and empower yourself to ride these emotional currents with grace. This episode is a must-listen for those seeking clarity and control over their emotional landscape.

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Toxic Positivity: Positive action over positive thinking

Positivity, in moderation, can be beneficial for our well-being. However, when positivity becomes a rigid expectation or a way to avoid addressing deeper emotions, it can turn into toxic positivity. In this episode of Wellness Curated, host Anshu Bahanda engages in a thought-provoking conversation with clinical psychologist and trauma therapist Seema Hingorrany, shedding light on the dark side of toxic positivity. Together, they explore the harmful effects of dismissing or invalidating negative emotions, discuss the importance of embracing authenticity, and provide insights into cultivating a healthy balance between positive and negative experiences. Tune in to gain valuable insights on how to navigate the fine line between genuine positivity and toxic positivity for your overall well-being.

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Wellness on the menu: Decoding the diets of premium spas

In this episode of Wellness Curated, host, Anshu Bahanda delves into the transformative approaches of two esteemed experts in the field of nutrition and wellness. Dr Harald Stossier, the visionary behind Viva Mayr, who has now founded Modern Mayr Dilijan shares invaluable insights into his much sought-after methodology. With a focus on mindful chewing, proper digestion, and personalised dietary plans, his method aims to optimise overall well-being and enhance digestion through a holistic approach.

Joining the conversation, is also Dr S N Murthy who endorses a plant-based diet and naturopathy as powerful tools for health at Pema Wellness Resort. Emphasising the healing properties of plant-based foods and the benefits of natural remedies, Dr Murthy guides listeners towards embracing a lifestyle that aligns with the healing powers of nature.

Prepare to be inspired as these experts highlight practical ways to improve your well-being. Listen in and unlock the potential for enhanced health and vitality through these distinct approaches.

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Kids’ Guide to Eating Right

In this episode, your host, Anshu Bahanda dives deep into the world of kids’ nutrition, gleaning invaluable tips and insights for parents seeking to nourish their little ones.

Experts registered nutritional therapist Monisha Mahtani and registered nutritionist Sophie Bertrand talk about how to overcome the common challenge of dealing with picky eaters. Discover effective strategies to expand your child’s palate and create a positive mealtime environment that promotes healthy eating habits. You’ll also discover how to navigate food sensitivities and allergies while still providing delicious and nutritious meals that keep your child safe and well-nourished.

Sophie and Monisha also share practical approaches to create a positive food relationship and empower your little ones to make smart and nutritious choices. Your child’s well-being starts here!

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H2Know: Surprising facts about hydration

In this episode, you’ll hear multiple award-winning nutritionist Sheeba Majmudar talk about how little people know about hydration, something that has a profound effect on the way we function. Sheeba talks about ‘activating’ water, which is really not as complicated as it sounds – how to do it and why this is required to facilitate the absorption of the water you consume into your cells. She fills us in on how much water individuals really need to consume and highlights surprising ways in which our bodies try to tell us that they’re dehydrated. She also cautions against relying on ‘thirst’ as the only indicator that your body needs water and explains why that’s a problematic approach.

Most importantly, Sheeba provides tips and strategies for measuring whether your body is adequately hydrated and ensuring that it gets the right kind of water all through the day. This episode is going to change the way you drink.

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Fasting: the good, the bad and the extreme

In this episode of Wellness Curated, host Anshu Bahanda talks to GP, Dr Sepp Fegerl, of the world-famous Vivamayr clinic, about fasts.

Although the term is now synonymous with ‘intermittent fasting’, which, typically, requires abstaining from food for some 16 hours, the practice of fasting, in different forms, has been a tradition in many cultures. It has also been seen to result in many benefits including improvements in insulin sensitivity, increased fat burning, a reduction in inflammation, greater mental clarity and heightened energy levels. However, done wrong, fasting can lead to not only a drop in energy levels, headaches, and dizziness, but it may even trigger a stroke or cardiovascular issues.

Here, Dr Fegerl tells you how to do it right: he talks about what works and what doesn’t and how often one should fast for maximum benefits. Importantly, he stresses on the need to ‘prepare for a fast’ and tells you how to do this, how to listen to one’s body and adjust the fast to suit individual needs and goals, and what sort of exercise or activity will complement a fast.

This is a must-listen for anyone who fasts for any reason at all, and more so, for anyone who’s looking to incorporate fasting into their wellness routine.

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Your Relationship With Food

In this episode, nutritionist Niti Desai and psychiatrist Dr Chinmay Kulkarni provide listeners with practical tips and insights on how to develop a positive and sustainable approach to eating. Host, Anshu Bahanda gets them to talk about everything from mindful eating, food-related guilt and emotional eating to how social media, advertising, Netflix and delivery apps shape our eating habits. You’ll also hear how mixed messages in childhood can impact one’s ideas about food and about the roots of disordered eating. Identifying the problem is, however, just the first step; our experts also provide listeners with insights, inspiration and encouragement. We all know that our diets have a huge impact on overall well-being, so listen to this to discover strategies you can implement today – to build a healthy relationship with food.

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Macrobiotics for Longevity

In this episode nutritional expert Melanie Waxman, who’s associated with the Sha Wellness Clinic in Spain, makes healthy living easier than ever with tips on how to adopt the macrobiotic way of life. Melanie has spent years endorsing this methodology, which goes far beyond a list of what to eat and what to avoid. In this episode, she touches on all the aspects of Macrobiotics and tells you how you can benefit from the small lifestyle tweaks this approach calls for – “it’s not just about living for longer, but also living healthier,” she says. Melanie talks about how some foods affect us, the habits that we pick up and how to shed them, and she even has a list of baby steps that can lead you to optimal physical, spiritual, and mental health.

This is your ultimate guide to building healthy habits into your diet and lifestyle,  and developing a new, invigorating approach to long lasting health and happiness.

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When the brain misfires: Understanding psychiatric illnesses

Psychiatric illnesses – by which we mean conditions that affect a person’s mood, thinking, feeling, and / or behaviour – affect one in seven or eight people around the world, and even so, experts believe these conditions are under-reported. The term includes but isn’t limited to depression, anxiety, bipolarity and schizophrenia. But even though billions of people are coping with these conditions right now – dealing with their own conditions or those of their loved ones – they remain shrouded in mystery and stigma. In this episode, Anshu Bahanda explores the roots of psychiatric illnesses and how they can be managed well, through a conversation with Aparna Piramal Raje, a well-known columnist and thought leader, and eminent psychiatrist Dr. Kersi Chavda, who is associated with Sir H N Reliance Hospital and Hinduja Hospital. Dr. Chavda shares his insights on the complex nature of psychiatric illnesses, including their genetic and environmental roots, and he also talks about the various treatment options available – including Aparna’s seven therapies-model, which includes medication and love therapy. Join us for a thought-provoking conversation on this important topic, so you can learn how to recognise psychiatric problems better, talk about them more openly, and play your part to create a more inclusive world.

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Yoga for the brain

Yoga instructor Lamya Arsiwala tells you how yoga can boost brain power, and about some simple asanas you need to perform to experience these benefits. There are many reasons why the practice of yoga helps boost brain power. Studies have shown that practicing yoga regularly causes brain cells to develop new connections. Changes occur in brain structure as well as function, and these result in improvements in cognitive skills, such as learning and memory. Yoga, thus, has benefits in the areas of memory, attention, awareness, thought, and language. MRI scans have been used to study people who did yoga regularly and compare their brains to those who did not; practitioners of yoga were seen to have a thicker cerebral cortex (which processes information) and hippocampus (which is involved in learning and memory) compared to those who did not practice yoga. Moreover, while these areas of the brain tend to shrink with advanced age, regular yoga practitioners experienced less shrinkage – suggesting that yoga may even stave off cognitive decline.

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Brain Games: Exercises to improve focus, memory and creativity

Neurobics are activities and exercises that stimulate the brain. These are the equivalent to aerobic exercises, only they’re aimed at sharpening the mind. The idea is to train your brain with these exercises the way you train your muscles at a gym. A few short sessions of these brain workouts every day will challenge your brain and yield results in four key areas: Memory, Focus, Problem-solving and Calculation.

In this episode, you’ll hear scientist and educator Dr. Arnie Gotfryd talking about the results he’s seen neurobics deliver, why these exercises help and what you need to set up a brain gym at home. Arnie runs Maxi Mind Learning in Toronto and in this episode, he also delves into what his trademarked brain-training programme involves and how you can avail of its benefits.

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The Aging Brain: A caregiver’s guide

Leading political journalist and TV show host Priya Sahgal who cares for her 80 year old mother, helping her deal with all the complications that old age brings, shares her experience in this episode. Not only will some listeners really relate with what she’s going through, Priya also tells you what’s worked for her and where the real-life challenges lie in situations such as these. After all, memory loss isn’t the only problem that comes with cognitive decline; caregivers may find their loved ones turn into people they don’t recognise with massive personality changes. They can become difficult, moody, or frustrated – and the difficult task of caring for them can leave you equally changed. Leading neurologist, Dr PN Renjen from Apollo Hospitals and geriatric psychiatrist, Dr Santosh Bangar tell you how to identify that it’s time to get your loved ones help, what to expect as they get older, what you can do to slow down / prevent or manage the symptoms of cognitive decline, and most importantly, what you must do to care for yourself.