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Rajeev Khandelwal - Fresh food turns me on
He sweeps you off your feet with his million-dollar smile, innocent eyes and 'ready to take home to mummy' image. As Sujal in 'Kahiin To Hoga', Rajeev Khandelwal certainly ruled television and became the new teenage sensation of the small screen.
Fitness wise, the handsome hunk maintains a very healthy and nutritious diet. He shares some secrets with Shaaditimes...
I prefer sports to gym
I am a fitness buff but I would clearly mention that I am not a gym freak. I prefer to sweat the calories out by playing a sport rather than in a gym. I love playing, be it badminton, squash or swimming. In fact, it would not be wrong if you called me a sports buff. I think sports is the best form of cardiovascular exercise which keeps you fit and in shape. Of course, I do hit the gym twice a week where I do some weight training in order to have a well-toned body.
Fresh food turns me on
I am very conscious of the food that I eat and I always prefer to have a balanced diet. This is something, which I've been taking care of since my college days. I am very fond of eating salads, sprouts and fresh fruits because of their nutritional value. In fact fresh food turns me on. Also, I prefer to have the salad chopped in my presence so that I know that it is fresh. I believe that food loses its nutritional value when it gets stale.
So when my dabbawala gets my dabba at 2 in the afternoon, he cooks the food only after 12 and not before that!
I eat wholesome meals
Maintaining / losing your weight is 70% diet and 30% exercise. Hence I am very careful about my diet and specially take care that the food I eat is fresh.
Basically, I have a King's breakfast, a princely lunch and a pauper's dinner. In the morning I eat almonds which are soaked overnight. Whatever I eat I see that I get the maximum nutrition from my meals.
My breakfast is generally heavy comprising brown bread (or poha or a bowl of sprouts with lots of peas and mushrooms in it), a bowl of muesli / cornflakes, an egg white, fresh fruits and a vitamin supplement.
Lunch is again a heavy affair with chappatis, which are made from a mixture of jowar, bajra, oatmeal, and wheatgerm, which are rich in fibre. My chappatis are so nutritious that even if I eat chappatis with pickle for lunch it would be a good wholesome lunch for me.
I am a vegetarian, so dal, vegetable and a salad are a must.
Dinner is light and consists of two rotis and a bowl of steamed or half boiled vegetables. I avoid rice. I don't eat in between meals or if I really want to, then I have a glass of fresh juice or coconut water.
Cooking is my favourite pastime
I love cooking. Sometimes, even when I come home as late as 10 in the night I still cook a bowl of vegetable for myself. I love cutting and pealing vegetables myself, so I guess, that's the main reason behind my cooking.
I love cooking green vegetables like spinach and bitter gourd in my own style which is very easy to make and nutritious. For e.g., if I want to eat bitter gourd I would boil it and then chop it into small pieces. After that I toss it in a pan with a little oil and season it with black pepper and salt. That's the way I generally prepare other veggies as well.
Maintain a healthy diet and don't over-indulge in anything. Maintain a balance in whatever you eat. Try and eat natural food, as far as possible, because nature cannot be supplemented with anything else, neither can it be replaced with artificial supplements.