This time, live to eat Rujuta Diwekar, celebrity nutritionist, clears some common myths about our daily diet

Milky way

Whosoever thought that toned milk is good for health, needs to cross check facts. “The basic nutrients of milk are rich as it is. They don’t need anything else,” she says. And certainly, stop using those tetra and carton milk packs. “Make an effort to find a local milkman who can supply you with unadulterated milk,” she adds. Including milk products in all three meals is the secret to good health. And yes, the good-old Indian cow’s milk is the best. “Just wait till America takes a patent for it. Then we won’t mind paying Rs 100 extra for milk,” she laughs.

Ghee spree

Refined oils are the significant cause of all artery blockages. Surprised, right? “Take my word, eat around three teaspoons of ghee everyday and watch your health improve,” she smiles, in between the anxious hands make notes of what she says. People are in sedentary jobs and likewise, the body requirement of ghee has increased in fact.

Fibre mesh

Everyone thinks a rich fibre diet is the mantra for good health. “Never stock up on fibre. It retains water and makes the body more bulky,” she says. When it comes to fruits, she suggest whatever grows locally and can be procured seasonally is the best. “My grandparents always said that all that we can leave with you is good health,” she says. Of course, she is living perfectly well with the heritage.

Supplementary warning

As a bride sits and anxiously waits for the groom, who is perhaps lost in the song and dance routine, what do you do? “Pop a calcium pill,” smiles Rujuta. Pointing to the calming effect it has on the nerves, she suggests taking calcium at bed time. “The basic definition of supplements is adding on, meaning that they help in better absorption of natural minerals in the body,” she says. Another myth busted here is consuming multivitamins everyday helps us make up for the lost nutrients. “Always try to take them separately. Taking them together is like buying an insurance policy”.

Go organic

Although it is not possible to go completely organic these days, but knowing facts about the food helps build a better diet plan. Coming from a family where fruits and vegetables were home-grown, her suggestion is to procure fresh fruits from local markets. “The so-called imported fruits that you buy from supermarkets might be chemically ripened,” she says. Eat natural to live happily.

(Dear Yogis log on to In The Pin…Thank God we have an organic shop we have in BTM Layout and place an order for fresh milk from Akshyakalpa, Vedic Ghee they make on every poornima day, chawanprash from Navadarshanam and many daily use items…)

The right diet chart

Start your day with nuts, fruits, milk and avoid tea
Try and eat every two hours
Eat according to activity. More activity should ideally mean more food intake
Finish food two hours before sleeping
Sleep following the bio clock 10 to 6



  • Deepak Nayak

    September 4, 2012 @ 10:58 am

    Good to know these facts …

  • B.Karthikeyan

    September 4, 2012 @ 11:04 am

    Hmm I never knew those.

    – I thought more fiber will reduce weight and Ghee will increase cholesterol levels amazing to know they work other ways

    – Though I like to have milk more than anything can you explain why tea should be avoided. Or do you mean avoid tea in the morning

    – Though you have mentioned eat according to activity and eat every two hours (Chinese way). Can you explain the issues with our traditional ways of eating 3 times a day. I have read multiple versions of this, still not got a convincing answer.

    – I always planned to have my food early in the evening and not to sleep after food in the afternoons, never happened 🙂

    • Satya

      September 4, 2012 @ 9:15 pm

      with sunrise the metabolism peaks and the cells demand Nutrition….its time to eat and eat big…A cup of tea in mornings is hampers the entire metabolism. Never wake up to tea. The stimulants provided through tea and coffee increase blood sugar levels but give zero nutrition to cells that are starving for the last 9 to 10 hours or more, post dinner…result a cup of tea early morning and you go hungry for a long time without realizing, all it does is create a huge calorie deficit in the morning and you end up overeating later all this leads to disaster for body.

      So lay a strong foundation for the body, start your day with a fruit on rising, within an hour have home made fresh breakfast…anything that is healthy, once you receive nutrition from food and the blood sugar comes to an optimum level, feel free to have your tea or coffee, if needed:-)) Eating immediately on rising with put you in touch with the body’s hunger signals, instead of going thru afternoon slump you will start feeling hungry more often in the day which leads to your next question.

      when you eat every two hours you will end up eating number of calories consumed at one time also will be small..not stored as fat, will lead to less dependance on stimulants, smarter thinking as brain will get regular flow of sugar, flatter stomach.

      So is cutting the portion and then adding some in between meals to the 3 core meals (breakfast, lunch, dinnner) for all in between meals eat only one thing at a time. handful of peanuts, slice of cheese, bowl of yogurt, all these can be stored in your office fridge or desk. These foods are wholesome, they stabilize the blood sugar and help you think faster as well as support your sedentary activities. Will give you more varieties of options later but eating every two hours means you really need to plan well.

      Make time and connect to your stomach. Food is the way to do it.

      courtesy – Rujuta Diwekar

  • Aanandita

    September 5, 2012 @ 1:22 pm

    My mother willl be vindicated on the Ghee aspect! Through my adult life I have been battling my fondness for Ghee in a vain attempt to lose weight. This is great news for me – also a dairy lover. However, I cannot get any milk vendor to supply unadultrated milk and rely on the Heritage brand. There is a very hot debate on milk and its contents: hormones, adultrants etc..Especially in the west, which is famous for dietry fads, milk is now being discarded by many. How can one be sure of the quality of milk?

    • Satya

      September 5, 2012 @ 1:37 pm

      That why places like akshayakalpa farms are now known for their milk…pls log on to the same and see the difference…

  • Prabha Krishna

    September 12, 2012 @ 12:22 pm

    Great to see you writing abt Rujuta. her books are amazing and I highly recommend everyone to read . Her thoughts abt oils, exercise, food timings are very clear and scientific.
    I used to buy org. milk in Bombay and after coming here I have started using Akshayakalpa’s milk . curd prepared from is absolutely delicious . Only one negative point is they don’t do home delivery( not very enterprising like mumbaiites).
    Greart site Satya….hope to join you soon. 🙂

    • Satya

      September 18, 2012 @ 2:49 pm

      thank you prabha

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