HOW PLUME EMPLOYEE TRANSFORMED HIS BLOOD RESULTS WITH WONE
Abhishek Svami is a Software Engineer in the R&D team at Plume Design Inc, a leader in next-gen smart home tech. Based in San Francisco, Abhishek has worked at Plume since 2017, and has been using the WONE platform since 2019. We sat down with Abhishek to learn how he uses the WONE platform to improve his health.
What problems were you experiencing with your health that made you turn to the WONE platform?
In 2018 I thought I was leading a healthy lifestyle. I was active, I didn’t drink alcohol, smoke or consume red meat.
But my health was not good, and I started experiencing symptoms. I was tired most of the time and didn’t have much energy to pursue things outside of work. Because I was always active, and enjoyed different activities, it felt surprising and concerning that I was often too tired to do them. I also had leaky gut symptoms, and felt bloated pretty often.
I went to the doctor who ran some tests. My blood markers came out bad - my cholesterol numbers were high, and I was also developing insulin resistance. The doctor told me to focus on improving my health with a low carb diet and improved nutritional habits.
I was gutted initially. As I said, I was someone who was always active, non-drinker and non-smoker and a vegetarian. So I was a little shocked to find out. But it also made sense -it felt like my body was not absorbing the nutrients and this was causing low energy and bloating. Work was also a little stressful around that time and so I wasn’t paying attention to my eating habits and consistent exercise routines. I thought I was leading a healthy lifestyle, but I was not. I had to change my diet and eating patterns.
It started me on a journey to understand my health much more deeply.
How do you approach changing your diet and eating habits?
I’d been doing my own research on nutritional health but getting ideas for my specific issues was like finding a needle in a haystack. I had tried a few things but didn’t really know where to start.
It was around that time that Plume started working with Walking on Earth. I was intrigued by the platform because I’ve always been interested in breathwork and yoga for stress management, but this was the first time I needed to focus on improving my nutrition.
WONE offers tons of nutrition and activity sessions, and what I really liked is that it comes to me - I don’t have to go searching for the sessions. It was a huge incentive that they gave me a path to follow - it made it so easy. The fact that their experts are so experienced was also a huge draw because I knew they would have encountered people similar to me before, and therefore know exactly how to help.
I tried to attend all your available nutrition and activity sessions, I probably ended up doing a few each week. By trying lots of sessions, I found a nutritionist that I really liked, and so I set up a private 1-1 consultation. It was a game-changer for me. The nutritionist helped with my leaky gut symptoms and set me on the right path.
What improvement did you see?
The information that I gained around nutrition, eating and sleeping habits, and exercise, was invaluable. In particular, I learnt a lot about various micronutrients such as vitamin D and magnesium, which I’d been deficient in. I also learned the importance of protein and fats and how to stay on a low-carb diet.
Within weeks, my numbers vastly improved in blood tests. My cholesterol numbers improved dramatically and my insulin resistance also came down. I felt more energetic and vigorous. I believe it’s from the steps I took, and information I gathered, in the WONE nutrition sessions.
I still feel good now. I feel more energetic, vigorous and like my old self again. I understand that this is a journey and not a destination, and that I need to keep doing the right things everyday. But I am grateful for the knowledge and the gained experience.