Ms. Namita Nayyar: Do you take some special diet or have a strict menu that you follow to remain healthy and physically fit?
: I try to eat as clean as possible—however I am also very realistic. My family knows the importance of balanced meals and staying hydrated for increased energy and muscle recovery. I eat a lot of salads, nuts, and bright-colored fruits and vegetables with antioxidants. I also take daily vitamins including magnesium, iron, omega-3 etc. to ensure my heart health and circulation.
Ms. Namita Nayyar: You have glowing skin and gorgeous hair. Do you take some kind of skin treatment to keep it young and glowing and secondly what you do to your hair to make them look so stunning?
: I am a huge advocate of taking off my makeup at night before bed. It’s essential for the skin to breathe while you are sleeping and recuperate from daily toxins. I am pretty minimal when it comes to makeup regimens but I do use a night cream and eye gel roller to eliminate fine lines and wrinkles. I always use a good moisturizer during the day and only wear foundation on special occasions—and never to the gym!
Ms. Namita Nayyar: Advice and motivational words for our inspiring and budding women health and fitness journalists and broadcasters who all are your fans, what should they do for their climb to the ladder of success in health and fitness journalism?
: I love speaking to aspiring journalists and health/fitness writers. I like to set realistic ideals of what the media is really like behind-the-scenes and the level of competition. The exciting thing about working in the media is that it can lead to other incredible opportunities. Knowing that I’ve helped someone land a job in the industry, or giving advice on what to expect or what not to expect in a particular role is very satisfying to me. I still have many former staff members come to me for guidance on article queries, book reviews, job interviews and recommendations on advancement. I hope that in some small way I’ve been able to help them achieve their professional goals and encouraged them to make new ones to strive for. My ultimate advice to young journalists is: “Always be realistic about your goals, take one step at a time, and keep things in perspective—the same can be said for this business as in life. And value the time with your mentors. Learn from them and then teach others.”
Ms. Namita Nayyar: You found out that you were born with a heart condition called PSVT. You had surgery to rectify your heart’s electrical problem. How you were able to overcome such a physical medical setback and what advice you can give to fellow professionals in a similar situation?
: Finding out I had a heart problem was a huge wake-up call. It never crossed my mind that anything like this would ever happen to me as I was not overweight, not a smoker and very active. Although my problem was something I was inevitably born with, it was getting progressively worse (and more obvious) as I got older. I believe stress played a huge role in this. The biggest lesson I’ve learned is to listen to my body when it tells me to slow down. I am certainly more aware of the power of the heart now—not only as a vital organ but its capacity to gage when your body is at a tipping point mentally and physically. I was unaware of the daily stressors in my life—especially at work—and I’ve since learned to control these situations and say No when necessary. Everyone is different and our bodies are unique, but when our body starts to show signs of shutting down, my advice is to stop and listen and get help.
Ms. Namita Nayyar: Tell us more about your book entitled “A Woman’s Guide to Rapid Weight Loss” which retells your personal weight-loss journey?
: “A Woman’s Guide to Rapid Weight Loss” is my personal weight-loss transformation story of losing 35 pounds after my first baby. That time of my life was a double-edge sword—I was at the top of my career (editor-in-chief of Oxygen Women’s Fitness magazine) and I was elated at having my first child; however I felt I needed to prove to myself that I could lose the weight on my own as fast as possible. The book documents what I did to achieve this and soon a television commercial and several appearances followed. I was extremely proud of myself for reaching my goal, but it was very tough to do with a newborn baby. Luckily my husband and family were a wonderful support system and I have inspired hundreds of women around the world to take time to focus on their own needs, wants and desires as well. After all, my motivation was my newborn son—I wanted to be healthy and happy for him.
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