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Count your blessings

Let go of what you can't control

Practice kindness

Listen to your heart

Be productive yet calm

Just breathe

Very rarely in life do we get a CTRL-ALT-DEL button to restart and reboot from a point where we think the change in our lives can be redirected.

You can retrain and reboot your mind, body and soul to function better, react better and deliver better.

And this gets even more special. CtrlAltZen not only enables you to restart, it allows you to reset with hope, conviction and results.

We are not the 'Sage on the stage but the guide on the side'.

Who are we?



Payal Mahapatra is a functional medicine health and wellness coach. She has a demonstrated history of working in the health, wellness and fitness industry. Payal is qualified by the School of Applied Functional Medicine (SAFM). She is also an alumnus of the prestigious SAFM health and wellness coach. Payal is also a certified NLP practitioner accredited by Richard Bandler's association. Payal comes from an educational background of biochemistry and MBA.

Payal has customized programs tailored for different chronic illnesses and lifestyle related health issues as she works with individuals as well as Corporates in their employee wellness programs.

Payal has a prior background of working extensively in the media and communication industry with experience in Digital marketing and Marketing Strategy in Organizations like Star TV and BBC.

"We are what we repeatedly do, success hence is not a by-product of confidence but of habit." To create success through our work, lifestyle, relationships and spirituality is then considered as the 'Primary' food we consume. And the 'Secondary' food becomes the food we eat from a plate. Every single aspect that we consume as a habit creates our now and each 'NOW' moment is eventually stringed as our life events is the philosophy behind ‘CTRL ALT ZEN’ her venture.

She chose to be on the path of health, well-being and a coach to contribute and help people change their 'NOW' moments so that they can string life of their choice and create their own success.

All four elements of – Fire (sunlight/energy), Water (liquids/hydration), Air (oxygen/breath) and Earth (food/nourishment) – and how we consume it creates our path of health and wealth.

Payal's journey through MBA, media corporate career, an entrepreneur, mother of a child who has had to fight multiple battles, urged her to connect spirituality and other modalities to food and create a sustainable source of strength, vitality and energy.

Why Functional Medicine?

A functional medicine practitioner can help someone with chronic illness by addressing the root cause of the condition, rather than just treating the symptoms. This approach involves a deep understanding of each patient's unique genetic, biochemical, and lifestyle factors, and employing a personalized treatment plan to promote optimal health. Here are some ways a functional medicine practitioner can help someone with a chronic illness:

Comprehensive assessment

A functional medicine practitioner will gather detailed information about the patient's medical history, lifestyle, environment, and genetic factors to better understand the underlying causes of their chronic illness.

Integrative approach

Functional medicine practitioners often collaborate with other healthcare professionals, such as nutritionists, physical therapists, and mental health providers, to provide comprehensive care.

Advanced diagnostic testing

They may use specialized tests to evaluate imbalances in the body's systems, such as hormones, digestion, detoxification, and immune function.

Ongoing support and monitoring

Functional medicine practitioners offer continuous support and follow-up appointments to monitor the patient's progress and make adjustments to the treatment plan as needed.

Personalized treatment plan

Based on the assessment and diagnostic findings, a functional medicine practitioner will develop a customized treatment plan that addresses the root causes of the chronic illness. This plan may include a combination of dietary changes, nutritional supplementation, stress management techniques, exercise, sleep optimization, and other lifestyle modifications.

Prevention and education

A functional medicine practitioner will educate the patient about their condition and empower them to take an active role in their health. They will also provide guidance on how to prevent future health issues or manage their current condition more effectively.

Addressing the whole person

Functional medicine practitioners consider the interconnectedness of the body's systems and aim to address imbalances on multiple levels. This holistic approach takes into account not only physical health but also emotional, mental, and spiritual well-being.

By addressing the root causes of chronic illness and using a personalized, integrative approach, functional medicine practitioners can help patients achieve long-term health improvements and a better quality of life.


My top three goals upon starting the 8-month program were - Improve my digestion, lose weight, stress management, and mood management.

Payal took time to understand my medical history, browsed through previous medical records and tied all the pieces together. She then tackled the most critical areas first.

She also shared the understanding of my history of diagnoses and the possible reasons behind them. She also shared tips, reading material that was helpful.

The biggest tangible change I have noticed since beginning the program has been : Improvement in my digestion, I am in better control and better equipped to deal with my digestion issues.

The most significant overall change I have noticed has been:

  1. I have a better understanding of my symptoms, why I had them all these years in the first place and some knowledge on tackling them.
  2. I also feel much better with all the supplements I am taking.

I would describe my coach as : Payal is patient and takes time to answer questions.

~ Ishani Bose, Senior HR Professional, Singapore

Over the last few years, I have been suffering from digestion and other ailments. More than the ailment, it was the lack of clarity on the causes behind it was making it all the more difficult to find a way forward to improve my health. I had tried Allopathy, Homeopathy and Ayurveda too but without much improvement.

When I spoke to Payal, she studied my medical reports for the last 3 years. She also reviewed the overall issues faced by me since I was a kid. By doing so, she was able to pinpoint the real causes which has accumulated over the years and presenting itself in the form of physiological issues now. She also gave detailed insight on the food including supplements and other lifestyle changes that will help me in improving my overall health. I am really grateful to Payal for her guidance and would recommend her to anyone looking for overall health improvement.

~ Prashant Bhandari, Media Finance Professional

  1. My top three goals upon starting the 6-month program were:
    To get fitter and be able to exercise without feeling fatigued, have better digestion and know what suits my body, and get leaner in the process of reducing swelling and inflammation in the body.
  2. My holistic functional medicine coach was able to help me work toward these goals by:
    Helping me understand that how differnet types of food react differently in our bodies, how it is essential to have a protien rich diet rather than a carb heavy diet and then to digest the proteins better how it is essential to have lemon ACV water, how to feel fuller by eating more proteins. I was also amazed to see how adapting to a gluten free diet reduced my knee pain and periods pain to a large extent.

~ Rutvika

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Embarking On The Epistemological Odyssey: The Visionary Leadership of Payal Mahapatra In Functional Medicine Advancements

Woman of Excellence 2024, CEO Review | Issue: December 2023 - February 2024 | Page 36 - 38

In the ever-evolving landscape of health and wellness, Ctrl Alt Zen emerges as a pioneering force under the visionary leadership of Payal Mahapatra. As the Founder and Chief Practitioner, Payal’s journey is marked by a unique fusion of biochemistry, an MBA, and extensive health coaching designations. Ctrl Alt Zen stands at the forefront of functional medicine, integrating diverse modalities to address the root causes of diseases. This article delves into the transformative journey led by Payal, exploring the company’s commitment to optimal well-being, its response to challenges during the pandemic, and innovative strategies for sustainable growth in the ever-evolving landscape of health.

A Comprehensive Approach by Payal Mahapatra, Ctrl Alt Zen Cultivates a Harmonious Balance in Life

October 11, 2023 in The 10 Most Inspiring Business Women of the Year - 2023, Lounge interview

According to Brainy Insights, the market for complementary and alternative medicine was valued at USD 108.32 billion worldwide in 2022 and is expected to increase at a CAGR of 23.77% from 2023 to 2032. In many parts of the world, functional medicine is still in its infancy, but it is also making increasing inroads. Few professionals are aware of FM values or have the time to incorporate them into their work.

Instrumental in bridging the gap while being honest to the ground, an economical and yet cutting-edge advanced wellness solutions eco-system for people at large, Ctrl Alt Zen has been successfully steering towards this purpose for more than six years and orchestrating solutions combining various aspects of physical, mental, and spiritual well-being.

Empowering Self-Actualization through Integrated Health Solutions

By improving individuals’ health, Ctrl Alt Zen's solutions have the potential to positively influence the lives of their friends, family, and coworker

In today's fast-paced and challenging world, the importance of holistic well-being cannot be overstated. As individuals strive for success and happiness, taking care of their physical, mental, and spiritual health is crucial. This is where Ctrl Alt Zen comes in. Ctrl Alt Zen is a health solutions company focusing on functional medicine, a systems biology-based approach aimed at identifying and addressing the root causes of disease. With a personalized and integrative approach, Ctrl Alt Zen empowers individuals to achieve self-actualization by optimizing their overall health and aligning it with their life goals.

What can I tell you as a revered reader,that you don't already know?

In the storm of knowledge that's available at the click of your fingertips, would you really want some more medical, nutritional or health information especially since we're a good 24 months into the most life changing times of our lives. The plethora of knowledge that gets thrown at you at breakneck speed can tell you how drinking alcohol is bad, how processed food is detrimental and how not exercising can add to your woes, but one headache and you are clueless. All the articles that you have read, all the videos you might have watched or all the enlightening WhatsApp forwards that you would have gotten, don't come in handy. So, you reach out to your trusted painkiller. Pop one, two, or a few and wait. Wait for the searing pain to subside so that you can go back to whatever that you were doing before it struck you.

Why 'Be Better Everyday'?

It's not just a tagline. It's the ethos and belief system of CtrlAltZen. It stands for "Progress over Perfection".

No more new year resolutions or summer ready or beach body chants. It's not about when the time is right. It's not about tomorrow, next week or next month. It's about NOW!

It's about how you are improving each and everyday. It's about the quintessential dream everyone has, but here we make it happen, one day at a time!

What you really need

Think about it for a few moments. You probably already know what you want to change. About your eating and living habits, eductions, career, financial stress or spirituality.


At Ctrl Alt Zen, our commitment to promoting mindfulness and wellness has been recognized and celebrated through various accolades and certifications. We take immense pride in our journey towards fostering a balanced and harmonious life for all our patrons.

Our dedication to delivering exceptional mindfulness experiences has garnered recognition from esteemed organizations, validating our mission to make a positive impact on people's lives. These accolades serve as a testament to the passion and expertise that drive us to continually evolve and refine our offerings.

Step into our gallery of certifications, where you'll find a visual representation of our accomplishments. Each certificate represents a milestone achieved, acknowledging our unwavering pursuit of excellence in the field of mindfulness and wellness.

We extend our heartfelt gratitude to our community of supporters, clients, and partners who have been instrumental in making Ctrl Alt Zen a hub of transformation and well-being. As we continue on this empowering journey, we remain dedicated to delivering enriching experiences that nurture the mind, body, and soul.

Join us in celebrating these accomplishments and discover the transformative power of mindfulness at Ctrl Alt Zen - your gateway to a calmer, more centered life.


The Dazzling Monk

The wisdom of a monk is aspirational not because a monk knows it all or better but the monk has reached a place of calm and Zen through the learning of life lessons. Internal peace, strength and aptitude to take on the world without having to give up the worldly pleasures is the kind of spirituality we seek but don't know where to find. Armor it with the understanding, discipline and resilience of balancing your nutritional needs and you have the best of both worlds. A dazzling aura as your external beauty and health and the level of inner Zen & enlightenment to aid your inner beauty and health. The right balance of your primary and secondary food to get the best out of the circle of life.

This is a six-month coaching program where you get to analyze every aspect of their life and how it impacts your soul, body and mind along with the nutritional discrepancies and how bringing balance in even one can make a massive cascading impact in the rest of the spheres. To be hand held through this journey despite the seasons, occasions, joy or stress helps create a new level of understanding of the what's and how's. An experience bringing about life changing breakthroughs eventually will be the secret sauce for creating and converting one into 'the dazzling monk' - aura of a star and Zen of a monk!

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Becoming an SAFM health and wellness coach has completely changed the way I take care of myself and I would love to share that with you!

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