Retired banker Sitaram Jadhav follows strict dietary and exercise regime
Sitaram Jadhav, the 67-year-old former regional manager of the Union Bank of India, says, “It is necessary to have a balanced diet for a healthy life. Though I was never fat, I realised that due to my profession, I would get addicted to unhealthy food habits. Therefore I started looking after myself. I made sure that I eat healthy and preferably home-made food.”
Currently working in a college, Jadhav has laid down certain rules for himself. He starts his day with a glass of boiled water, followed by a heavy breakfast which includes either poha or upma or a paratha without oil along with some fruits. His lunch comprises two medium-sized chapatis and a vegetable. He strictly avoids rice in his diet.
“In the evening, when I take a break for snacks, I drink a cup of green tea. I keep my dinner very simple and light. I consume one medium-sized chapati with a vegetable and salad. I avoid consumption of oil, milk and milky products, bakery products and outside food,” explains Jadhav.
Although a balanced diet is important, Jadhav believes that exercises and fitness play equally important roles.
“I do yogasanas at 5 in the morning for an hour and a half. Later, I take a 30-minute walk in a nearby garden. On every Sunday, I go trekking to the Sinhagad Fort. Every year in the month of May, I travel to the Himalayas or Nepal and explore the scenic beauty along with my friends. Also, we trek and try out different adventurous sports.” Recently, Jadhav visited Bhutan and did some rappelling. Says he, “Because of my healthy diet and fitness funda, I can live my dreams and explore the world outside. I think it is important for you to believe that you are young and active and that will definitely motivate you to lead a healthy life.
As told to Sayali Duraphe