Shvetha Jaishankar is Femina Miss India International’ 98, Miss International’98 runner up, former runway model and author of recently released Gorgeous: Eat Well, Look Great. She is an alum of the Indian School of Business, Hyderabad and was founder of sports and entertainment company Globosport.
Health and nutrition is a concern of most mothers today. A food – loving family that I belong to, I am always looking for interesting and healthy food options. Earlier this year when I attended the book launch of ‘Gorgeous: Eat Well, Look Great’, I was excited that Shvetha had come up with these amazing recipes for anyone who wished to enjoy their healthy food and look great. And the interesting part was that these were recipes from India’s top models and actors. I’ve tried quite a few salads, from which I love the honey and fig salad. The chia seed pudding is a favorite too. I am sure there are many more recipes which have won many hearts.
Recently, I had a chat with Shvetha and I asked her a couple of questions to understand what inspired her to write the book, what is her diet and fitness mantra and how she ensures that her family eats healthy. Here’s what she said, “We live in an age where good food is too central to our lives to ignore. While that is so, we all want to also look and feel great. I was inspired to write this book because of my own struggle with weight and anxiety to find a balance between eating what I enjoyed and looking and feeling my best. The book has recipes and fitness ideas and also chronicles the stories of India’s top actors and models including Priyanka Chopra, Milind Soman, Nina Manuel and many more on what they do to achieve a balance. After all, as the fashion term goes ‘No one size fits all’. Same goes for diet and fitness!” She adds, “While the book has healthy options, it has several recipes like crepes with white chocolate yogurt, street style fried rice, open top lasagne and more. After all, life is about finding the balance between indulgence and nutrition!”
Shevtha is also a mom to two girls, so my next question was about how she makes sure that the kids eat healthy. To this she promptly replied , “For the kids the options at home are usually healthy. They end up getting exposed to preserved or packaged food when we travel or when they go out and meet friends so I try to reason/ insist that those are indulgences to be enjoyed but only once in a while. Such as chocolate cake or biscuits. They mostly eat at home. Some small ways in which I try to bring about awareness. They also realize the taste difference and appreciate natural food (more so my younger one!).”
I am glad that we could hear this from Shvetha. I think establishing a routine where candies and the likes are eaten only on occasions and holidays while maintaining clean eating at home on regular days is a good way to approach teaching healthy eating habits in children. Additionally, I also think that a good substitute for sugar is jaggery which is easily available in the market. In Shevtha’s book, the desserts sound healthy, made using coconut milk and jaggery. So check the recipes out. I would also recommend the dips section.
On asking her about what helped her the most during her weight loss and fitness journey, she says that eating CARBS AT NIGHT helped her lose weight. Her book elaborates on the science behind this and also has a meal plan based on this principle. The book also explains Dr Tusna Park’s, renowned nutritionist in Chennai about the science behind this philosophy.
So, for all you Mamas out there, click here to buy the book and try out some delicious recipes for your family. Hope you enjoy it.
Apart from being a blogger at Mommy Mojo, Moina is a full time mom to her girls. She enjoys their childhood and her roller coaster ride of motherhood through creative activities like art and craft, movement, cooking, traveling and gardening. If she isn’t doing this, you’ll find her hanging out with her friends, painting or cooking a delicious meal for her family.