Family time healthy time
International Day of Families is celebrated on May 15, highlighting the importance of health and nutrition for the family. Despite our busy schedules, doing a little extra for our loved ones to ensure they are hale and hearty is of utmost importance. Our celebrities too have hectic lifestyles, but despite the demands on their time, they try to do their bit for their family’s health.
Actor Sonali Bendre: Sonali usually has a busy routine owing to her various commitments and a family with a 12-year-old son to take care of. She begins her day with special instructions to her cook to make sure her family eats healthy meals. She confesses: “It has been a struggle to ensure that my husband does not over-indulge his palate, eats his meals on time and have healthy snacks. In addition, as a mother, a big responsibility for me is to ensure my son doesn’t eat too much unhealthy food, which most children of his age tend to do. One thing that I have come to depend on in my daily life is almonds. I make sure I always keep a tiny box with a handful of almonds in my son and husband’s lunch box. Whether at home, work or on the go, a handful of almonds are a convenient snack that can be eaten anywhere, any time of the day and through the year.”
Chef Manish Malhotra: He owes his success to his strong family roots and to his association at work in Old World Hospitality. “I grew up in a no onion — no garlic household but when I took on the profession of being a chef where we had to cook everything, my entire family, especially my elder brother, supported me wholeheartedly. My family is my pillar of strength. We make it a point to have at least one meal together. My daughter, who is just nine years old, binds us all together. We have inculcated healthy eating habits in our daily routine, for example, we have substituted unwholesome snacks with almonds. These nuts are easy and quick to flavour and go with just about any masala/spices available in our kitchens. I like to whip up some flavoured almonds to serve my family as a snack,” he says.
pilate expert Ritika Samaddar: “My children have picked up my interest in nutrition and fitness. Our mornings are usually spent making healthy meals for the day. I do the elaborate cooking, and my daughter will whip up something like tamarind flavoured almonds to keep herself energised through the day. Research shows that almonds, which are a source of protein and high in dietary fibre, can help in maintaining healthy blood sugar levels, may improve blood sugar control in people with type 2 diabetes and help lower the blood sugar impact of carbohydrate foods, which affects fasting insulin levels. And eventually, the time that we spend cooking together is not only enriching for us, but has also helped us connect, emotionally.”
Just like for the celebrities, our families too are more than special for us. Taking care of your family’s health may not necessarily be as time-consuming as it may seem. Incorporating small changes in your life can make a big difference over the long term. Adopting healthy eating habits, working out regularly.
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