We had the good fortune of connecting with Neeta Sanders and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Neeta, where are your from? We’d love to hear about how your background has played a role in who you are today?
I was born and brought up in Hong Kong, China. I was born a Hindu, studied in a convent, lived across from a mosque, grew up in Hong Kong with predominantly Buddhist and Taoist traditions. Then I came to the US and married a Baptist! This gave me a very diverse upbringing and outlook which taught me that all religions lead to the same goal. I carry this same vision in my company Soul2Soul Educare where I see all people as One and love all and serve all. This has helped the many service projects we undertake to serve the underserved communities here in Atlanta. Also my diverse background has given me training in International culinary skills which helped me with my cooking classes and publishing of my International Cookbook.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I have always liked helping people since I was a little girl. I also always liked teaching people – playing teacher was one of favorite games as a child. I have also been interested in health and medicine since I was in my early teens. I would lap up any and all magazine articles on health. As I matured, I realized that I had a gift of teaching people and hence I started doing workshops – first on spirituality and lifestyle change and then later I started to do cooking classes at a local vegan restaurant. As part of my classes I would also impart my knowledge of health and throw tidbits of information in between stirring the pot or sautéing the next ingredient. Month after month I would get emails from students saying that their lives had changed from the health advice. Returning students would also report health improvements for not only themselves but their loved ones and friends too. So I decided to go to school and get certified in Nutritional Therapy. I continued to teach the cooking classes and started a nutritional counseling practice. I also published a book called veganize and heal your life. It was a long journey, but a lovely one filled with meeting lots of wonderful people and being able to touch and change so many people’s lives. Through nutritional therapy I have been able to save so many people from unnecessary medical procedures eg I was able to help one lady with a detached retina (fully healed after nutritional therapy) another man had an enlarged prostate (fully healed after nutritional therapy).
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
One thing I love about Atlanta is that it is brimming with nature. There are so many beautiful waterfalls and hiking trails. I would definitely show them that side of Atlanta. Then I would also hit the theatres. There are so many small theatre companies that put on many live plays, musicals, ballet. Atlanta is also full of creative talent. The restaurants in Atlanta are to die for (every imaginable cuisine exists here – even Ethiopian – which is delicious!) Then there is Helen just 2 hours away – such a fun place. A typical fun day could go like this: Day 1: Wake up – eat breakfast at First Watch Go hiking to Gold Branch Trail in Roswell Dinner at Thai House in Roswell Go to the Out of the Box Theatre to watch a play in the evening. Dessert in Avalon at Café Intermezzo
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I would first of all like to grant my spiritual mentor Sai Baba, He has instilled value based education in me since I was 5 years old and I hold true to those teachings and lessons. I am who I am today because of his example of self-less service, humility and loving and seeing the oneness in all living things. Hence I am vegetarian since I believe that even animals have a soul and feel pain when killed for food. I would also like to thank my husband David and son Bharat who have been my rock and support throughout my journey. Both of them have supported me and helped me in various aspects from editing, musical to technical support on my various projects and workshops.
Linkedin: Neeta and David Sanders
Youtube: Soul2Soul Educare and also Sathya Sai Educare