Delivering all those back-to-back hits is tiresome business, and if you thought that Alia Bhatt would be catching some shut-eye on a beach with a bottomless pitcher of mimosas, you’d be right – partially. The actress gave herself a three-month timeout from movies to wind down, except with a flute of enriching sugarcane juice.
Celebrity dietician Rujuta Diwekar caught The Dear Zindagi star in a particular chatty mood on a Facebook Live session, and the duo immediately got their Lara Croft gear on to shatter some myths. The first commandment in Alia’s rulebook? “No boy is worth starving for,” she declares.
Once you’re clear with that, but still have a bikini scene coming up (or a beach holiday, as the case may be), here’s what she swears by to keep that toned body and radiant glow locked in place.
Don’t chase after everything you read online
“Everyone’s talking about gluten-free pizza, brown bread and red rice, about reducing their carb intake, and I’m eating white bread and butter at 4am. Rujuta showed me how local food eaten in moderation can be healthy,” says Alia.
Don’t skimp on the basics
“Her schedule and hours will keep changing. She will have rigorous dance sessions, action shoots and emotionally taxing days. She needs to look fabulous through it all,” elaborates Rujuta. She delivers on that by ensuring that her client is kept well-fed and happy, with pizzas and junk food figuring in the lineup too, but in moderation. Alia has thus far been a model student and never skips her rejuvenating glass of sugarcane juice post-workout, a habit that she shares with Kareena Kapoor Khan.
After the new momma saw Alia pose on Instagram with a glass of sugarcane juice, she rang up Rujuta to ask if she’s on the same diet as her. It has been an inside joke between the two ever since; “Kareena keeps singing ‘Rujju, Rujju’ to me at parties, and now, I do the same with her. We’re going around spreading dietary joy,” dimples Alia
Sugar ain’t your enemy
Rujuta recalls the jawdrop she got when she recommended Alia to swap out the honey in her nimbu paani with a spoonful of sugar and saffron. “Ever since Rujuta told me that the drink is great for my hair too, I don’t skip it. Not having sugar or salt gave me cramps; it’s harmful to give it up entirely,” she explains
Keep it natural
Yes, you’ve heard that before. So has Alia, and she ensures that her daily fluid intake involves lassi and chhaas made out of purely organic milk. Mommy Soni Razdan goes a step further to ensure that the milk is delivered in glass bottles instead of plastic packs. What will you get in return for indulging your sweet tooth? Sugar acts as a natural coolant and helps cool down the body temperature after working out
Oh, and the miracle diet has been hiding out in your kitchen all along
“I make my paneer and dahi from that organic milk too and consume it fresh. It works as a natural fat burner and gives me a good skin tone. It’s my job to look fabulous,” laughs Alia. So what makes it to her daily lunchbox? “Dal khichdi and curd rice are my favourites with a spoonful of ghee,” she adds