Seematti's founder Beena Kannan reveals her fitness and beauty secrets

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At 61, business woman Beena Kannan is not just known for her incredibly successful business empire but also for her infectious energy and amazing looks. Beena is a fitness enthusiast who follows a healthy diet and does regular work outs and yoga to be fit and energetic.

First dieting experience
I began putting on weight after the birth of my third baby. I had a pre mature delivery. I used to have soups twice a day to shed the body weight. Instead of rice, I had two chapathis for lunch. My dinner was mostly soups and veggies. So, I lost significant amount of weight in just two weeks. That was my first dieting experience. One should always try to choose a diet that suits their body and their preferences. You need just enough carbohydrates to complement your daily activities. We get that from our regular meals. We are half won if we control carbohydrates intake.

Say ‘no’
I totally avoid sugar and carbohydrates. Food like pizza, burgers and noodles made with all-purpose flour should be avoided. Instead of junk food and fast food, try eating healthy food that is freshly cooked at home. You could have some sugar once or twice a week. It is better to avoid adding sugar in tea and coffee. It is natural that we crave for the food that we avoid. So, you could have a bit of the items that you avoid, just to satiate your mind.

Changes in diet
I had followed a vegetarian diet for 58 years. I started eating non – vegetarian dishes after that. Now, I eat chicken, egg and prawns. Earlier, I used to have carbohydrates rich meals three or four times a day. There would be idli and banana for breakfast while I had veggies and rice for lunch. I would have semolina upma with my evening tea and dosa and bananas for dinner. However, I cut down to just one meal after I turned 61 years. Now, I usually have a heavy dinner that contains all the nutrients that are essential. I have a protein rich Greek yoghurt. I am ready to eat or avoid any food to maintain health and fitness.

Secret of energy
I have high energy levels as I like trying new things all the time. I will be sad if I cannot find anything new to do. I make sure to keep doing something new for the sake of my business, for myself or for others.

Beauty tips
I used to visit beauty salons before the Covid 19 outbreak. I liked fruit facials. However, now I don’t go to the salons as my skin doesn’t need those treatments anymore. I use creams as part of my night time skin care routine. I understood that there is no need to oil your hair if you follow a healthy diet. I haven’t oiled my head for the last 30 – 40 years. Instead of soap, I use mung bean powder to wash my body.

Health check ups
I do routine blood works once in a year. Besides, I plan my diet after getting advice from my doctor. 

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