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Kareena’s nutritionist Rujuta Diwekar gives you more reason to love your daily cup of chai

Rujuta Diwekar spills the tea

By ELLE team  April 4th, 2018

Rujuta Diwekar isn’t the kind of celebrity nutritionist who peddles expensive supplements and hard-to-pronounce superfoods. She’s the kind of health expert who believes that the key to getting Kareena Kapoor Khan and Alia Bhatt into the best shape of their lives lies in eating homegrown foods that are the best for our genetic make-up. Not to mention, far more affordable than something flown in from half-way across the world.

But is any Indian diet complete without a daily glass of chai? Whether you’re partial to your 4 pm ‘cutting’ or swear by your grandmom’s special blend, chai is something that unites us as Indians. With dietary fads and trends dictating what your body needs and doesn’t, Rujuta spills the tea on, well… tea.

When to avoid drinking chai?

– The first things as you wake up
– Right before sleeping
– in place of a meal during the day

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How many cups of chai should you consume in a day?

According to Rujuta, 2-3 cups are totally fine.

Is green tea or green coffee healthier than the alternative?

“Only for profits, not people,” insists Rujuta, adding that Indian masala chai (with milk and spices) is now being considered as an antioxidant-rich health drink to aid recovery.

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Can I add sugar or should  stick to sugarfree?

Sugar for sure. WHO and other global diabetes organizations say 6-9 tsp of sugar a day is acceptable. Add sugar to your chai, but avoid the invisible sugar from packaged food (breakfast cereals, fruit juice, biscuits, etc).

Alia Bhatt’s exact diet, as planned by Rujuta Diwekar

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.