Great body and sound mind are no fuss

Vinaya Patil
Sunday, 4 February 2018

Nutrition — one word that is heard so often these days. With our hectic and stressful work schedules, health often takes a backseat with youngsters opting for easier, quicker ready-made options and junk food. The result is an unhealthy lifestyle and eventually, early ageing. Sony BBC Earth’s new show How to Stay Young, that premiers today, talks about leading a healthy life. Their nutritionist and wellness expert Neha Ranglani tells us more about it.

Nutrition — one word that is heard so often these days. With our hectic and stressful work schedules, health often takes a backseat with youngsters opting for easier, quicker ready-made options and junk food. The result is an unhealthy lifestyle and eventually, early ageing. Sony BBC Earth’s new show How to Stay Young, that premiers today, talks about leading a healthy life. Their nutritionist and wellness expert Neha Ranglani tells us more about it.

Having graduated in Dietetics, Ranglani had her own struggle with ‘Oh! Such a perfect body’. “I understood the downside of strict dieting and over exercising and after all the trial and error on my own body, I realised that good health, a great body and sound mind is actually a no-fuss affair and not at all complicated as it may sound. Once you eat correct and listen to your body, you’ve cracked your glam code,” she says.

How To Stay Young will tell its viewers about ageing in a healthy manner by consuming the right food. “It’s about how you can internally change your body through your eating habits. It is more about nutrition,” she informs, as she tells us that there are four major pillars for nutrition — food, exercise, sleep and stress. If you balance these four, then you have got the key to a healthy life,” Ranglani believes.

What to eat?
Eating less of packaged food and more natural and healthier food items, is a part of the process, along with exercising an hour for three to four days a week and sleeping for seven to nine hours every night. “Practising yoga and meditation will further help by keeping stress at bay,” says Ranglani.

With the presence of infinite information about food and nutrition on the internet, it is confusing to choose the right piece of information, suggestions or advice for yourself. “Being a health blogger, I share my knowledge on my blog, and provide authentic nutritional data to you, to resolve this dilemma once and for all,” she tells us.

When and what to eat?
“There are many rights and wrongs and goods and bads about the way you prepare your food and the way you consume it,” says Ranglani. She makes people aware of all the pros and cons of ingredients that you usually tend to use while preparing your food, through her series of food coaching workshops. She also introduces you to some of the healthier substitutes for them.

For Ranglani, food is not all about what one eats, but about how one prepares it as well and hence she keeps coming up with new recipes with different healthier options for ingredients, to bring that variety and spice in your boring regime and also trains your cooks on how to prepare them. She works for food companies, brands, health food eateries to plan new recipes, review their existing ones and calculates the nutrient content of any finished recipe to her best precision.

“Healthy living is not just eating correct and exercising but it’s a cumulative effect of all our choices including even the products we use in our daily life,” she insists. 

ST READER SERVICE
How To Stay Young premieres on Sony BBC Earth today at 8pm

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