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“Yoga possesses a multitude of benefits –in the physical mental and emotional sense” says Lara Dutta, Miss Universe winner and yoga enthusiast, “making it perfectly aligned with Westin’s holistic approach to healthy living.”

Make the Most of Each Day with Lara

Lara Dutta shares her approach to ending every day feeling fulfilled. Watch her video here.
"There’s a balance you see, should life get a little too ahead."

Living Well With Lara

Lara Dutta shares her approach to well-being amidst a hectic schedule.
  • Sleep Well
    # 1 No Gadgets
    Avoid television or any other gadgets prior to sleeping as they stimulate the brain and keep you awake. I choose to wind down with soft ambient music and a cup of herbal tea.
  • Sleep Well
    # 2 Minerals for Better Sleep
    Foods rich in magnesium and calcium can calm you down and promote sleep. Take in small portions of cheese or fruits such as apples and bananas.
  • Sleep Well
    # 3 Use Sunlight to Adjust
    If I’m travelling to a place with a timezone difference, I try to expose myself to sunlight in the morning between 6am to 8.30am to regulate my biological clock for better sleep.
  • Sleep Well
    # 4 Unwind with Yoga
    Try yoga. The series of postures and breathing exercises soothes a troubled mind, so you fall into deeper, more restorative sleep.
  • Sleep Well
    # 5 Soak in the Sun
    When I travel, I open my hotel room curtains and blinds during the day to catch some sunrays. Natural sunlight helps us produce melatonin to regulate our sleep-wake cycle.
  • Sleep Well
    # 6 No Disruptions
    If you’re clocking enough hours of sleep on the road but still feeling tired, you may be not having enough deep sleep. I cut out sleep disruptions in an unfamiliar hotel room by wearing an eye mask and ear plugs.
  • Eat Well
    # 1 No Processed Food
    To give me energy throughout the day, I opt for a diet with minimally processed foods. Here’s how I usually do it:

    7am: Start with some fruits
    9am: Have a cup of green tea or black coffee
    1pm: Add a portion of salad or avocado to my meal
    4pm: Snack the healthy way- try nuts like almonds
    6pm: I go for a light and early dinner to help my body rest better at night
  • Eat Well
    # 2 Soothing Tea
    I find drinking tea, especially green or white tea, to be a very calming ritual for me. Try the Jing Tea selection at Westin and enjoy the antioxidant benefits of tea on the road.
  • Eat Well
    # 3 Cook with SuperFoodsRx™
    If you enjoy cooking, try these SuperFoodsRx™ pairings and take in the nutritional benefits of food synergy:

    - Olive oil + leafy greens: Lowers blood pressure
    - Tea + lemon: Four times the boost in antioxidants
    - Black pepper + turmeric: Up to 2000% bioavailability of anti-inflammants
    - Spinach + orange: Increases absorption of iron
  • Eat Well
    # 4 Healthy Alternatives
    Sometimes, simply swapping out some of the foods you’re eating can have a positive impact on your well-being. Try some of my favourite food swaps:

    - Instead of mayo, opt for sliced avocado
    - Swap out cheese with a spoonful of pumpkin seeds
    - Go with olive oil over butter
    - Use hummus instead of ranch dip
    - If you’re craving for ice cream, try Greek yoghurt
    - Replace your bag of chips with half a cup of roasted chick peas
  • Eat Well
    # 5 Daily SuperFoodsRx™
    It’s easy to incorporate SuperFoodsRx™ into your daily meals- here’s how I do it, sans the hassle of cooking:

    - Cranberries: use in a salad or mix with nuts as a healthy snack
    - Lemons: add some olive oil to make a zesty salad dressing
    - Blueberries: toss into oatmeal or in a banana smoothie
    - Pomegranate: a glass of its juice for two weeks can help lower blood pressure and depression
  • Eat Well
    # 6 Food Swap
    Try this simple & effective food swap. Replace your boxed cereal with oatmeal. The humble and hardworking grain not only helps you lose weight, it also fights against heart disease by reducing cholesterol.
  • Eat Well
    # 7 Cook some Carrots
    If you’re craving for a snack, try cooked carrots- they taste naturally sweet without any refined sugars. The cooking also breaks down its tough cellular walls so our body absorbs more of its nutrients.
  • Eat Well
    # 8 Greener Diet
    As a vegetarian, I incorporate several servings of cruciferous vegetables into my diet. Brussels, sprouts, kale, cabbage and bok choy- these contain phytochemicals, fibre, vitamins and minerals that are critical to physical health.
  • Eat Well
    # 9 Splash of Color
    The more colorful your salad, the more nutritious it is likely to be. Mix and match different colored vegetables to add a variety of nutrients to your plate.
  • Eat Well
    # 10 Keep it Fresh
    I personally enjoy the Fresh Harvest course from The Westin Awaji Island, made using fresh seasonal produce from local farms.
  • Eat Well
    # 11 Opt Organic
    When possible, I go for organic foods, especially when I travel. Redefine snack time at The Westin Hyderabad Mindspace with a selection of light bites and refreshing drinks, all made from organic ingredients.
  • Eat Well
    # 12 Stay Balanced
    I make an effort to select well-balanced meals even on the road. The Westin Sohna Resort and Spa makes it easy with organic dishes that keep my body feeling at its best, away from home.
  • Work Well
    # 1 Start Your Day Right
    After sending my daughter off to school in the morning, I give myself around 2 hours to work out, meditate and plan my day. I find that this time alone helps me work much better for the rest of the day.
  • Work Well
    # 2 Maintain Work-Life Balance
    Finding balance between work at the office & family time isn’t always easy, but a fulfilling personal life translates to work. I aim to have at least a meal a day together with my loved ones.
  • Work Well
    # 3 Extra Sleep for Alertness
    Research shows an extra hour of sleep at night increases your alertness the next day by 25%. If I have a major event or presentation lined up, I make sure to get more shut-eye the night before.
  • Work Well
    # 4 Ignore distractions
    To get specific tasks done, I allocate uninterrupted blocks of time. Close the door, ignore your phone, and your productivity will increase.
  • Work Well
    # 5 Deep Breaths
    Try my tip for recharging at work in just five minutes. Close your eyes and take in some deep breaths. Visualize a calming setting such as blue skies, and return refreshed.
  • Work Well
    # 6 Adequate Rest
    I never work into the wee hours of the morning. Sleep to get enough rest, and you’ll find you can get more done the next day.

    Often, after a night’s rest in the Westin Heavenly® Bed, I find myself recharged to tackle the next day’s challenges.
  • Work Well
    # 7 Switch it up
    If you encounter mind block, a change of environment can give you a fresh perspective. For me, I enjoy a portable workstation with a laptop and Wi-Fi connection.
  • Feel Well
    # 1 Aromatherapy
    I use aromatherapy to feel well and boost my immune system.

    If you’re staying at The Westin Hyderabad Mindspace, you’ll be offered a range of healing scents- from sensual Jasmine to revitalizing Lemongrass.
  • Feel Well
    # 2 Coded Scents
    Scents can bring about associated emotions and memories. I use the same scent for when I’m working and another for the home so I do not bring home any emotional baggage from work.
  • Feel Well
    # 3 Fragrances for Recovery
    Aromatherapy can offer a relaxing environment to aid in recovery after illness. A good starter kit includes ylang ylang, eucalyptus and lavender.
  • Feel Well
    # 4 Relaxing Oils
    When I’m feeling tensed, I reach for essential oils known for their relaxing effects, like lavender, ylang ylang and geranium.
  • Feel Well
    # 5 Fighting Insomnia
    I combat insomnia with a self-made spray of marjoram, chamomile and lavender in water. Shake and spritz on pillow for a well-rested night.

    If an extra boost at work is what you need, try rosemary essential oil. Studies show its scent perks you up and enhances your memory by 15%.
  • Feel Well
    # 6 Go Green
    Not everyone lives near the park, but you can introduce the healing properties of greenery into your home by simply painting the room green.

    You’ll be able to enjoy views of relaxing foliage from the comfort of your room when staying at The Westin Pune Koregaon Park.
  • Play Well
    # 1 Art Therapy
    Painting is a therapeutic exercise, but if you’re not inclined, a walk through an art gallery can leave you just as deeply relaxed.
  • Play Well
    # 2 Starlight
    Stargazing works for me. Whenever I feel stressed at night, I identify a favorite sparkle in the sky and feel the energizing calm of its comforting glow.

    If you’re staying at The Westin Sohna Resort & Spa, be sure to take in the celestial sights with their kid-friendly Stargazing Tower.
  • Play Well
    # 3 Immerse in Indian Culture
    For relaxation, try out some traditional Indian activities such as rangoli, a folk art that involves creating patterns on the floor using coloured rice, dry flour, coloured sand or flower petals.
  • Play Well
    # 4 Traditional Indian Games
    Have some fun with your kids the Indian traditional way- try kho-kho, a tag sport, or kallankal- also known as five stones.
  • Play Well
    # 5 Restorative Classical Music
    Pick up a classical instrument like the sitar or Indian flute bansuri, and enjoy the restorative benefits of music. It works.
  • Move Well
    # 1 Liven Up
    Studies show that people who exercise with lively background music burn more calories. For me, I plug in to pop and rock tunes at the gym.
  • Move Well
    # 2 Take Your Time
    To prevent bodily injury, I increase my workout intensity by no more than 10% each time. Progressive training eases your body into new challenges without risk of burnout.
  • Move Well
    # 3 D.I.Y Weights
    If you have no weights, make your own. Simply fill empty plastic bottles with sand or water. As a guide, a 500ml bottle of water weighs about 500g.
  • Move Well
    # 4 Dance to Burn Calories
    Dance off the calories. This low impact sport is suitable for nearly everyone, and you can vary your workout intensity by putting on a different music tempo.
  • Move Well
    # 5 Confidence through Dance
    For me, dancing is more than a sport. As you flaunt your moves, you gain heightened bodily awareness that puts more confidence in every step, even outside of dance.
  • Move Well
    # 6 Try Cycling
    I enjoy cycling as a flexible exercise. You can push yourself harder or take it slow, and you get to enjoy your surroundings too.

    Stay in shape at The Westin Sohna Resort and Spa by riding across the 37 acres of lush greenery surrounding.

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About Lara Dutta

Bollywood actress, yoga enthusiast and Westin Well-Being Advocate
Lara Dutta is a Bollywood actress, Miss Universe winner and yoga enthusiast. The avid traveller and health advocate was also a UN Goodwill Ambassador for a decade, and recently launched her own line of prenatal yoga and fitness H.E.A.L. DVDs. Scroll down and discover how Lara Dutta does it all, while remaining in balance.

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