Tell us about yourself?
Myself, Sumbal Arif known as an experienced NUTRITIONIST & DIETITIAN with a demonstrated history of working in the Hospital & Health Care Industry, Food Industry Skilled in Pediatrics, Diabetes, Emergency Nutrition, CCU, and Strong Healthcare Services Professional with a Bachelor of Nutrition & Dietetics. Sumbal is a committed & enthusiastic dietitian by profession having three years of experience, she also had rigorous training in Services Hospital Lahore. Her approach is flexible and empathetic, she is a member of P.S.F.S.T (Pakistan Society of Food Scientists & Technologists) and PNDS (Pakistan Nutrition & Dietitian Society), Joint Secretary of an NGO (Pascal Medical Mission Organization) and is also working with a Multi-national nutraceutical brand as Health and wellness coach, lecturer at SNAP (School Nutrition & Awareness program). She is also providing online services via social media platforms having more than 50k followers overall. Her expedition is to help people live well, healthy and happy life.
- Founder at THE DIET WALL
- Joint Secretary at PMMO (NGO)
- Wellness coach at DXN International Pakistan
- Certified International speaker & Article writer
What is it like being a successful female in this space?
Being a successful women I don’t rely on anybody, I am an independent girl having so many dreams in my eyes, also I have achieved what I desire. ALHAMDULILLAH.
Who and what gives you the most inspiration?
My Inspiration is THE HOLY PROPHET (PEACE BE UPON HIM). HIS whole sacred life is enough to learn how to be an able & complete successful person, after that My Grandfather (late) is my inspiration. He was also a doctor.
What is one of the wackiest nutrition myths you have heard of?
People know by themselves what to eat & how to eat, they don’t need to consult with the dietitian/nutritionist for healthy diet plans. Also old myths about diet are more effective than science/today’s nutrition.
What do you think are the biggest misconceptions about dietitians/nutritionists?
The dietitians don’t have to charge for advice, all the people need is “MUFT MASHWARAS” also no one has to ask/consult about diet/nutrition with the expertise, there is no need for dietitians in the space.
If you could change one thing about Pakistan’s nutrition/fitness related habits, what would you change?
There are a lot of changes required in Pakistan’s nutrition/fitness behavior like meal timings, exercise habits, what to eat and how/when to eat concept, junk issues etc. We also have to initiate proper job things because there are too less vacancies available and the people working on that positions are not certified dietitians, they are food technologists or belong to some other fields.
For all the newbies out there wanting to be fit but not knowing where to start, what is your recommended starting line?
Just Start changing meal timings also know your portions, do mindful eating, start some exercise and be patience.
What is next for you?
I want to become a well known dietitian in the world, want to start a restaurant in future where people have their meals according to their body’s/caloric requirements or diseased meal plans too.