Actor and television host, Sugandha Garg, talks about staying fit and eating what she likes
Sugandha Garg is an actor who claims travelling is her passion, and proves it with the many peculiar and unusual expeditions that she wanders upon in her show, It happens Only in India. and she believes that the only way to keep fit through all her hectic travels is by following the age old tried and tested techniques of yoga. “I don’t think anything keeps you fit the way yoga does. I have tried everything there is out there. I have worked out in the gym, I have played tennis, squash and badminton, but there is nothing like yoga. It requires no equipment and can be done in your own personal space. Also, it is a very easily followed discipline and is very good for the general health and upkeep of the body,” she asserts.
In her extraordinary travels that lead her into the heart of our vast country, she encounters food that goes many steps beyond the great street food of the country. while she discovers monuments and crafts, textiles and cuisines, unimaginable customs and freaky traditions, she comes across and dines on the most uncanny of foods, some that barely make it under the category of the edible. she discovers recipes like emu egg omelettes, red ant chutneys, fried silkworms for breakfast and hunts one’s own rat for lunch. Add to that coffee processed from the droppings of a civet cat, and it’s a meal that could upset any tummy.
So ask her how she keeps her metabolism functioning properly on her excursions and she has a simple, one-line answer. “I have a little trick – it’s called Isabgol,” she says, explaining, “The food of a place tells a lot about the people living there, and if you don’t try the food you are really missing something. a journey cannot be complete without sampling the food of a place.” But staying healthy and fit at other times certainly calls for more than a laxative, although for the slim and trim Sugandha diets seem out to be an inconceivable proposition. “I am not emotionally built to go on a diet. You have to eat the food everywhere. Controlled diets and restricting or refraining is not for me,” she says, as she talks about the pervasive nature of the various diets that are floating about, saying, “Dieting is a terrible concept. especially for younger women who are taking it so seriously. You shouldn’t just blindly follow what others are doing. People need to start taking diets a little lightly.”