Healthy Looks

Pretty and bub­bly, Prachi De­sai cues us in to what keeps her look­ing so gor­geous and shapely all the time.

Health & Nutrition - - CONTENTS -

Prachi De­sai shares her beauty rules

FIT­NESS FUNDAS

I started work­ing from the age of 17. I have seen my body change con­sid­er­ably over the years, and have mod­i­fied my work­outs ac­cord­ingly. Cur­rently, I am reg­u­lar with my yoga ses­sions, but will go back to my func­tional train­ing in a few weeks. On days when I am not able to work out, I go on a big guilt trip, but I make sure I do some car­dio, like tread­mill or cy­cling.

I like to work on my hips and my back curve. I think they’re my best fea­tures. I be­lieve ev­ery­one must do some form of car­dio three or four days a week. If you are not able to ex­er­cise out­doors in the mon­soon, then take the stairs. For those who love danc­ing, just lock your­self in a room and start danc­ing to your favourite song.

DIET WISE

I started keep­ing a strict watch on my diet post films. Be­fore that, I al­ways had a cup­board full of cook­ies. Now, I sub­sti­tute su­gar with jag­gery. I am also off wheat right now, so I get my carbs from oats or vegeta­bles. And I try not to have maida. I keep chang­ing my diet reg­u­larly, so that my body never faces any de­fi­ciency. Break­fast: Egg white (boiled egg or an omelette); pump­kin and sun­flower seeds and a smoothie. My smoothie has a fruit, usu­ally a pa­paya/ wa­ter melon/ pear, along with spinach, gin­ger, raw haldi (turmeric), aloe vera and amla juices, and mint. (Add a fruit of your choice, plain Greek yo­ghurt, or an egg white for ex­tra pro­tein). Lunch: Chicken (in any form), a good serv­ing of ex­otic vegeta­bles like zuc­chini, let­tuce, bell pep­pers (all colours), pur­ple cab­bage, car­rot. Evening Snacks: A bowl of fruits or a fruit smoothie/ boiled sprouts (moong) which can be made into a yummy chaat. Din­ner: Fish with a bowl full of vegeta­bles.

BEAUTY REGIME

I make sure I clean and moisturise my skin and face, as soon as I shower. I scrub my face once a week with lime juice and su­gar. It’s a nat­u­ral scrub and bet­ter than any cream avail­able in the mar­ket. I drink a lot of wa­ter and co­conut wa­ter to keep my skin healthy and hy­drated. I do not ap­ply too many chem­i­cals on my face. Hand And Feet: Apart from my reg­u­lar man­i­cure and pedi­cure, I soak my feet once a week in ep­som salt; it re­laxes the feet. Prod­ucts I Swear By: Splash face wash, a gel liq­uid face wash, and El­iz­a­beth Ar­den mois­turiser and eye cream. I have re­cently bought Ari­taum face mois­tur­is­ing masks from Sin­ga­pore. Hair­care: I wash my hair ev­ery two days, and do my hair­care rit­u­als with BBLUNT in Mumbai. HAR­SHA ADVANI

“I be­lieve ev­ery­one must do some form of car­dio three or four days a week. If you are not able to ex­er­cise out­doors in the mon­soon, then take the stairs. For those who love danc­ing, just lock your­self in a room and start danc­ing to your favourite song.”

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