Keeping with the theme of the conference, the day began with a yoga session by Bijal Doshi of YogDivine. Enthusiastic participants flexed their muscles and stretched perfectly in tune with popular Bollywood tracks.
Celebrity Chef Vicky Ratnani discussed how reducing your food’s air miles benefited both the farmers and consumers. Better nutrition and taste, and support for the environment and local community were among his top reasons to eat fresh and local. His favourite mantra for eating healthy was, “Pay the farmer, not the doctor!”
CN Nageshwaran, Corporate Communications, Godrej Industries Ltd., spoke about the Godrej Food Trends Report 2018, a compilation of the most significant food trend predictions of the year. He also told the audience how they could get their copy of it on Vikhroli Cucina.
Celebrity nutritionist Tripti Gupta spoke about making nutrition easy and convenient in today’s fast-paced world. She also explained how California Walnuts are a convenient snacking option.
Anandita De, Fitness blogger and Founder of RisquebyAnaDe, spoke about her weight loss journey and her top tips to eat healthy with Nikhila Palat, CEO, Katalyst Reputation Management.
(From L-R) Tara Mahadevan, Nutrition and Weight Loss Psychologist; Sameer Malkani, Co-founder, FBAI; Kunal Vijaykar, TV Personality and Food Writer; Payal Kothari, Integrative Nutrition Health Coach; and Mira Manek, Author of Saffron Soul; discussed what it meant to eat balanced meals and the importance of mindful eating. An important point that came out from the discussion was how motivation is temporary, but making fitness a habit leads to desired results.
Actor Sameera Reddy discussed her wellness journey and the importance of mindful eating. She also debunked the myth that ‘skinny equals healthy’. Sameera pointed out that she’s healthier now than when she was thin earlier.
Renowned Nutritionist Naini Setalvad shared her weight loss journey. “You are what you eat,” said Naini as she elaborated on the simple food habits and high thinking of great people such as Dr. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam, Mahatma Gandhi and JRD Tata, and on how the wrong kind of food can lead to criminal tendencies.
(From L-R) Saloni Malkani, Co-founder, FBAI; Kalyan Karmakar, Food Writer and Blogger; Smita Deo, Author and Blogger; and Vaishali Lahoti Shah, Lead Designer, Godrej Interio. The discussion revolved around reimagining the modern kitchen and how it has become a social space where family and guests touch base.
Celebrity Chef Ranveer Brar with Geeta Sridhar, Blogger and MasterChef India contestant. Ranveer spoke about how he remains fit as a celebrity chef. Eat in moderation and remain a foodie for life, and follow grandmother’s tips without questioning and document them for posterity were his top tips for the audience.
Actor and Founder of TM Media Tanishaa Mukherji was in conversation with Saloni Malkani about transforming the mind, body and soul.
The power of regional cuisine was the topic of Aditi Dugar’s talk. The Director of Masque spoke about how the restaurant had successfully used indigenous and often lesser known ingredients in upscale, fine dining dishes.
Rushina Munshaw Ghildiyal of the APB Cook Studio outlined her health and fitness journey. She also gave the audience options of local ingredients that they could use as substitutes for exotic ones.
FBAI Dialogues 2018 and Vikhroli Cucina Season 4 ended on an energetic note as the audience shook a leg in a Zumba session by Jignya Johri.