• glow's Facebook page
  • glow's Twitter page
  • glow's Pinterest page
  • glow's Tumblr page
  • glow's YouTube page
  • glow's Instagram page
glow digital magazine

Click here to view the latest issue of Glow magazine

health insider: sangita patel



As soon as I meet Sangita Patel, an ET Canada personality, I learn exactly why celebrities easily open up to her: she exudes a contagious warmth that makes any conversation feel like a friendly chat. She gives me a a hug instead of a formal handshake. The self-admitted fitness maven sits down with me to talk about food, confidence and #FitnessTuesday.

I love my job, I love my job.
“I’m just having a blast. When I do interviews, I feel like I’m talking with my best friends and I’m just going for it. And I have so much fun here. My team is incredible. So it’s good. It’s really good.”

Every Tuesday, Patel posts a workout Instagram pic, including #EODs, exercise variations, or a proper form video. “None of my Fitness Tuesdays are the basics. I try to do things that show that, ‘Yeah, you can do this. Yeah, you can do that.’ You don’t have to be at home doing bicep curls with bottles. No, that’s not what I want you to do. I want you to try different things.” Follow her @sangita.patel.

Crazy for CrossFit
“CrossFit changed my life because I had never done weights like that in my life. It changed the way I looked at fitness, it changed the way I saw myself. And do I want to be skinny? No. That’s not my goal anymore. I’m in my mid-30s now, and I have two kids. So my goal is to be fit. “

Eating clean
“This was hard for me. I went through a sugar withdrawal. I would wake up shaking. I will never forget that. I was like ‘I need to eat something!’ so I ate half of a banana. It was very difficult, but after the first week, it totally transitioned how I behave with food and my mentality about food. I taught myself to still enjoy food, but most of the time, I need to eat clean.”

Diet diary
“So, I wake up in the morning, I take my vitamins with water and lemon. It’s a must for me. Then I have a protein shake, and I add espresso to it so it tastes like mocha. Mid-morning I’ll have a snack – usually a handful of nuts or cashews and some berries. I usually have an omelet for lunch in the cafeteria. In the afternoon, I’ll have a vegetable or protein-based snack, and then when I go home I will try to eat early and have something, again protein-based. I will have rice or carbs with it and I try not to have anything sweet after. I love kettle corn popcorn so I may have that. I don’t deprive myself. If there’s something I really want, then I’ll have it. If I’m in the mood for that slice of cake, I’m going to have it.”

Best celebrity advice ever
“Jennifer Aniston said it best a few months ago about staying natural. She uses natural products on her face, she works out, she does Pilates, and that's it. She made a point of how people use Botox or whatever it is and then they get caught up in it. She made a really good point of keeping things natural and just letting yourself age gracefully. It’s harder for women in this business to do that. You feel the pressure of looking 19 when you’re 30, and that’s not possible."

I like me
“Being in my mid-30, I figured out that I’m not going to be the same size I was when I was 19. It’s not going to happen. And all of that makes you realize you are starting to accept who you are. It’s kind of amazing that once you’re in your 30s, you’re like ‘this is who I am, and I love who I am.' You know, I have never said that I love myself. I don’t think I know anyone who has said that. But I find myself getting closer and closer to accepting who I am. And one day I am going to get there.”

Follow Sangita Patel on Twitter: @sangita_patel.

— Sumiko Wilson

comments powered by Disqus
glow digital magazine

Click here to view the latest issue of Glow magazine

Back to top
Copyright St. Joseph Media 2014
Powered by