Rujuta Diwekar, Celeb Nuritionist

In talks with Alia Bhatt and Kareena Kapoor's favorite person!

Winner of the ‘Nutrition Award’ from Asian Institute of Gastroenterology, Rujuta is amongst the most qualified and sought after sports science and nutrition expert in the country and the author of 5 best-selling books on Nutrition and Exercise. In the plethora of diet fads and fears, her voice rings loud and clear, urging us to use our common sense and un-complicate the act of eating. She emphasises on a blend of traditional food wisdom and modern nutritional science for a healthy body and mind, best reflected through the mantra – Eat local, think global. In a career spanning more than 15 years, Rujuta has worked with clients from all walks of life, from businessmen to homemakers, students, celebrities and sportsmen. Some of her more famous clients are:

  • Kareena Kapoor
  • Anil Ambani
  • Alia Bhatt
  • Varun Dhawan
  • Saif Ali Khan
  • Anupam Kher
  • Karisma Kapoor
  • Richa Chadda
  • Shahid Kapoor*
We talk to her about farming, beauty secrets, what to eat this monsoon, her upcoming book and of course Kareena Kapoor.
Q1. You ate local and now you’re going global, what has changed?
Rujuta: Nothing has changed, I simply continue to do the same thing 🙂
Q2. You’re a complete #NormBreaker in the health section, what has been the difficult part?
Rujuta: There is no difficult part if you decide to take the journey of your heart and then in the process if you become a norm breaker or follower so be it. I think the difficult part is to do things that go against your grain just because it’s more acceptable to the world.
Q3. You always get coined to Bebo and other stars, tell us about your not famous star clients?
Rujuta: Fact is that for me every client I work with is a star. They are successful at what they do, passionate about it and work their asses off in their respective fields. It’s just that only some professions are recognised or have glamour associated with them. So you are more likely to know me for the film stars that I work with than the math professor and that’s all that there is to it. Having said that, in my kind of profession, if you are known, it only means that you have been fortunate to land with hard working, sincere clients because it takes daily efforts and not a dietitian to get slim or fit.
Q4. Tell us a little about your just released book, other than the fact that you are collaborating with our fav Bebo!
Rujuta: It’s all about what to eat before, during and after pregnancy. It also has trimester specific meal plans and notes on sleep and exercise. The inspiration and motivation behind the book is our very own Bebo.
Q5. What’s the difference between food groups and food systems?
Rujuta: Food groups are a narrow way of looking at life, very paradoxical in a way. It’s tough to find real food that is low in fat but high in protein, high fibre but low on carbs. However, food companies can bring you almost exact concoctions. Food systems, on the other hand, focus on eating real food and make recommendations based on time tested wisdom of how it’s affecting the individual health, local economy and global ecology. Food systems are eating in a way that is future proof. Food groups are about getting confused with the next big diet fad or changing the way you eat when the health advisory changes. While food systems are better for people, food groups are better for profits.
Q6.What’s your daily routine like? 
Rujuta: Nothing much to write home about it. Wake up, suyanamaskar, eat, get to work, come back home, eat and sleep. Gym as often as I can, travel a lot, and stay nutritionally equipped to lead a full life.
Q7. You have recently started farming, what are the lessons you have learnt that will help the #AamJanata? 
Rujuta: No, I am born into a farming family. I work on my ancestral farm, the one that my great grandfather built and eat mangoes from the tree that my great grandmother planted. But it’s only recently that we have started the Sonave Community Farming Project where we have opened the farm to people from the city to come, learn and explore what real food looks, smells and tastes like. So the lesson for aam junta is, don’t go to a mall every weekend, go to a farm, there’s a lot in there that’s more useful than eating in a food court.
Q8. Any #Norm that you have broken lately?
Rujuta:  NOT that I know of 😛
Q9. Norms can be constructive too, any norm that has helped you? 
Rujuta: The norm of keeping time and being punctual though I must say that I have not been very punctual with this interview. So, Christopher, you must forgive me for that.
Q10. What’s your beauty routine like? 
Rujuta: I oil my hair once a week and have a bath with besan-doodh as often in the week as possible.
Q11. Five foods you recommend for the monsoons?
Rujuta: Ambadi, nachni, legumes, desi corn, bhajiya (fried at home).
Q12. Supplements every stressed middle-class Indian should take?
Rujuta:  think we need to supplement our lifestyle with daily activity and move often 😉
Q13.One ancient quote from the Vedas that has helped you a lot? 
Rujuta: Satyam Vacha, Dharmam Chara. Speak the truth, walk your chosen path.
as told to us.
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