Shilpa Shetty believes in reward days, not cheat days Image: Instagram
So, you thought gluten-free diet is the coolest thing to boast about, didn’t you? Here’s a news flash: you’re most likely not allergic to it at all. Shilpa Shetty's holistic nutritionist Luke Coutinho clears the air about gluten and everything you've suspected about the food on your plate. Be surprised, be very surprised.
In an interview with t2, Luke busts myths about common food ‘enemies’ you’re staying far away from. Read on and save yourself from making those diet mistakes.
Is milk good or bad for us?
Let me put it this way: there are communities around the world who have been drinking milk throughout their life. Most of them are fine. My only issue with milk is the quality. Cows are pumped with antibiotics and astringent. And antibiotics from the cow get into the milk, get into us, and antibiotics are the worst things for us. So, I caution people about milk. If you have your own source of milk that is not polluted with antibiotics and other chemicals, then I have nothing against milk.
Should one avoid gluten?
Many people think they are allergic to wheat, but in reality they just have a weak digestive system, which they should be fixing because they destroyed it with an unhealthy lifestyle — excessive alcohol, smoking, junk food. For most people, it’s because they have poor guts that can’t process gluten.
Should high-calorie fruits like mangoes and bananas be avoided to lose weight?
One should eat them in moderation. Four to five fruits a day are not necessary. You can have one to two fruits a day and get your vitamins from those, along with vegetables, nuts, seeds, and lentils. I am really against the over-consumption of fruits. We were seeing a high uric acid level and non-alcoholic fatty liver in Jain vegetarians. We just reduced the big bowls of fruits that they were eating and their uric acid decreased and their fatty livers started getting better.
Cheat meal or reward meal?
Cheat is a very negative word. So when you have a reward meal, it changes the way you think. You don’t feel guilty and you enjoy the food more. So, it’s a change from negative to positive. It is when you binge that it is bad for you.