Neha Dhupia no introduction needed. Not only is she an actress, she is an inspiration to many women as she has often talked about not conforming to society’s notions of diet, beauty and fitness. In a conversation with indianexpress.com, the actress gave us information on the secrets of her diet, her exercise routine and her mantra for ‘time for me’.
How has your exercise routine changed after motherhood?
My workout routine post maternity It is more programmed. Before, I used to enjoy morning walks or running late at night, but now I can’t do that because I have to finish my yoga or running before my little girl wakes up, and she usually wakes up around 8. So I have to wake up a little earlier to finish my exercises. If I need to do another exercise, it’s usually in the afternoon, so I schedule it around nap time.
How would you describe a healthy diet?
I believe in a combination of home cooked meals and healthy snacks. I stick with healthy homemade meals. Now I see food differently. For me, it’s the nutrition first and then the flavor factor. We are what we eat and how healthy we feel after all!
Like now, I’ve started to shift my attention to more plant-based protein and when it comes to snacking, I’ve found California pistachios to be my favorite option. It is rich in antioxidants and nutrients and it is very tasty. We all find ourselves at some point in the day, when we just want to eat something. The catch here, instead of picking up a package of junk food, I’ve started making conscious changes when it comes to my snacking moments. For example, I had no idea, but 30 California pistachios have only about 100 calories. And it is a satisfying snack.
Did Lockdown 2020 give you the much needed family time?
Of course it did, there’s no getting away from it and I loved every part of it. And counting our blessings, that we were healthy as the world was going through such a difficult time. We tried to give back as much as we could, our little one was a blessing and we were stuck in a rut. But, in a routine that was full of love and definitely within the four walls.
What is your exercise routine on a full day or days?
It would be a quick online yoga session, and if I don’t have time for anything, I usually pack stairs, go up and down the stairs for 40 minutes wherever I stay. And if I don’t have time for that too, then just quick 2,000 jumps, leg lifts, and some sit-ups.
How is your cheat day?
I generally go for a tasty and not sweet snack. My choice is a Margherita pizza or a spinach ravioli, depending on my mood!
Many women tend to give up their time due to various responsibilities. What is your opinion about it and how do you manage to make time for yourself?
I think it’s about managing time and giving it 100 percent no matter what you’re doing. If it’s work, focus on that and when you’re doing housework, focus on that.
Do you like to cook?
Yes, I like to cook, but I am someone who gets nervous when I have to show my skills in front of an audience. I’m someone who can’t cook in front of an audience, but I love the idea of cooking. And I am a better baker than a cook.
The top three things you want your daughter to take in?
For me I would definitely say, just to make her independent and to have a mind of her own. And, just be a wonderful human being, which is the most important thing above all else.