At 46, Maria Goretti is lean and lithe. A dancer. An advanced PADI diver. A half-marathoner. A mountain climber. A telly-show host, a cookbook author and a hands-on mom. Maria returned from Paris last month, having completed a six-week intensive patisserie course at Le Cordon Bleu. Whipping up dreamy delights (going by her rather luscious posts on Insta) and not having gained a single kilo even after all that food tasting.

Spilling the beans

“My fitness schedule is erratic,” she shares, having run her last half in January earlier this year. Busy with shoots, her show and her family, dance slid down the agenda as well. As did aerial yoga. “I have been lucky enough to inherit fit genes,” she says with honest humility.

Maria begins her day with a banana (“because I love the fruit, no other reason”) and drinks a glass of warm water (“I only drink water that is warm”). That’s followed by a clutch of dry fruits: two each of cashews, walnuts, almonds; five of raisins and pistachios; one each of fig and apricot.

Shilpi Madan for The Hindu

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