Padma Dishes It Out
Padma's Workout Secret Weapon
No fancy-schmancy boutique classes or trendy workout equipment for Padma. She would rather hit the stairs. "After having a baby, I didn't have time to go to the gym, and I had to be back on TV in less than six weeks," Padma says. "That's how I started doing stairs. Now, whether I'm home or traveling, I climb as many as 70 flights a day, which takes me about 35 minutes. I don't run them. I walk at a steady pace, two steps at a time. It's the perfect workout because pretty much anywhere you go, there are stairs and they're usually empty."Throw a Killer Dinner Party
Padma tells you how -- just in time for the holiday season.
Mix up your invite list. Your gathering will be more fun if you bring together people from different worlds -- say, your work friends, your workout pals, and your BFFs from your book club.
Don't try to impress your guests with fancy dishes. "Just stick to the basics and do them well. I like to serve a Spanish tortilla and a hearty stew with white beans. Guests are coming over to hang out with you a lot more than they are to eat."
Make at least 75 percent of your menu ahead of time. "No one wants a stressed host. I finish cooking and set the table an hour before the party, then I take a shower."
Create a party playlist. "It should be upbeat but not too loud. When the dinner starts, switch to classical or jazz to encourage conversation."
Relax and enjoy. "I have a glass of wine before the first guests arrive. They'll have a good time if you're having a good time."Eat Out Without Filling Out
- "I cheat on my date. I eat a cup of cottage cheese before going out so I won't gorge myself. It fills me up, and you can't beat it for calcium and protein. I season and dress it with vinegars and spices and serve it like fresh mozzarella or fancy goat cheese. Honestly, in my house it's a glamorous ingredient -- not a diet food -- that my kid is always trying to steal from me."
- "I ask the server to take the bread basket away. If you go to a restaurant hungry, you'll inevitably start eating the bread. Why torture yourself? If I'm really craving a slice, I'll butter and eat the crust only, because that's the yummy part where the flavor is. I don't eat the center because, to me, it's like a sponge. I just picture it on my thighs!"
- "I eat the carbs on my plate last. By the time I've eaten all of the protein and vegetables, I may not want all of the potato."
- "I drink 10 ounces of water after every glass of wine. Water fills you up, and alcohol is just empty calories. I would rather eat my calories than drink them."
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