The 1 Healthy Habit Mindy Kaling Wants to Pass on to Her Daughter

Best known for her role on The Office and her four year stint on The Mindy ProjectMindy Kaling recently became a mother to a beautiful baby girl. And even though adding a child to an already hectic schedule sounds stressful, Kaling said motherhood has actually helped her find balance.

Recently, Kaling talked to Shape Magazine about something else — the healthy habits that helped her shed the baby weight and keep her feeling strong. She revealed her tips for staying in shape, including the one habit she wants her daughter to follow (page 5).

Kaling admits that for her, ‘food is life’

Mindy Kaling in 2017

Mindy Kaling loves to eat. | Joe Scarnici/Getty Images

It seems as if most of society is obsessed with what celebrities eat. Kaling told Shape that for her, food is life, and she likes all kinds of it: sushi, Ethiopian, French, you name it. A typical breakfast for her is a poached egg, some avocado, and Ezekiel toast with butter. Lunch is usually a healthy salad, and if she’s home, she makes a healthy dinner — but if she goes out, she’ll treat herself to anything she wants, but she’ll only eat half.

Next: Kaling had to un-learn some unhealthy habits from her childhood.

She’s no longer a member of the Clean Plate Club

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Mindy is used to finishing everything on her plate. | iStock.com/Alain de Maximy

It must be challenging for Kaling to only eat half her restaurant meal, because she was raised to believe she had to clean her plate at every meal. Breaking the “clean plate club” habit can be tough, but learning to stop eating when you start to feel full can help you maintain a healthy weight.

Next: This exercise schedule is enviable.

She mixes up her workouts

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Her exercise routine varies from week to week. | iStock.com/OSTILL

When Kaling isn’t shooting full-time, she works out for our five times a week. But she mixes up her exercise sessions, moving from SoulCycle to strength training to yoga once a week. Choosing a variety of workouts is extremely healthy (and something many celebs and new royal Meghan Markle swear by), and it also prevents boredom and monotony.

Next: Read on to see how Kaling stayed in shape during pregnancy.

She took good care of her body when she was pregnant

She stayed active all through her pregnancy. | Vivien Killilea/Getty Images for SCAD

Kaling told Shape she only gained 27 pounds when she was pregnant after her doctor told her that women who gained more than 30 pounds often struggled more to lose the baby weight. She stayed active throughout her pregnancy, doing yoga and jogging right up until the end. She also started walking when her baby was only one week old, but was quick to point out that she had an easy delivery — not all women are cleared for movement that quickly.

Next: This is the one thing Kaling hopes to pass on to her daughter. 

She wants her daughter to know strength and confidence are important

She wants her daughter to be confident and strong. | Angela Weiss/Getty Images for Hulu

While Kaling definitely wants her daughter to see her working out and know that exercise is a good habit to have, more than anything else, she hopes to instill confidence in her daughter. She hopes to always make her feel like she’s good enough and never being stingy with encouraging words. It wasn’t the way she was raised, but like most parents, she wants to give her daughter the things she didn’t have.

Next: Kaling’s infant daughter is already helping her grow.

She’s learning to appreciate life’s little moments

She’s learning to slow things down. | Charley Gallay/Getty Images for Turner Image

Slowing down and being mindful can be very beneficial to your health, but it’s something that’s easy to overlook before you become a parent and you’re forced to slow down. Kaling told Shape she didn’t realize how tethered to her house she’d be as a new mom, but that sitting in her new house and feeding her baby in their fancy new living room felt really nice. She also admitted she’d take little jaunts out of the house and they’d feel like “secret, illicit excursions.”

Next: Kaling’s attitude is refreshing.

Her lifestyle is realistic

She has a healthy, relatable way of approaching food. | Andreas Rentz/Getty Images

Since it seems like so many celebs follow extremely unrealistic eating plans (we’re looking at you, Tom Brady and Gisele), it’s extremely refreshing to see Kaling talking about loving food, struggling with confidence, and losing her pregnancy weight in a healthy way. Other famous people, like Jessica Simpson, have been open about their struggles and finding a healthy balance as well. In a society that idolizes celebrities, it’s nice to be reminded that they’re just like the rest of us.

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