On Friday, Sudesh Malik was busy preparing a shopping list of things the family has to buy ahead of her daughter, Sakshi Malik’s homecoming from Rio.
From “puja Samagri and sweets” to an additional two litres of cow’s milk was top on her list. “Turmeric, mixed in two litres of milk, is part of the daily diet of the bronze medallist,” Sudesh said. “Whenever she comes home, I make sure her regular dietary requirement is met.”
Sakshi is careful about the fat content in her food and avoids food cooked in ghee. “She doesn’t take food made from desi ghee. But whatever she eats, it’s all made at home,” added Sudesh.
While special dietary supplements and protein mixes are part of Sakshi’s diet as a champion wrestler, she also has faith in certain traditional remedies. Milk with turmeric is something she vouches by.
“She drinks it because it helps cure many hidden injuries and also facilitate fast recovery. This is a traditional formula,” explained Sudesh.
Sakshi also loves aloo parantha. But at home, like a professional dietitian, her mother serves Sakshi food which are rich in protein and fibres.
“We provide her natural diet. So we mix equal portions of soya bean and gram into wheat flour to cook rotis or paranthas for her. She loves home food and enjoys non-vegetarian food as well,” Sudesh revealed.
The Olympic champion’s mother’s priority is the next Olympics where she wants Sakshi to win gold.
“She has already started planning for the Tokyo Olympics in 2020. She will start her training for that when things settle down,” said Sudesh. “Her marriage and all can wait. I want her to get married only after the next Olympics. She is now the daughter of the whole nation and one more Olympic medal will give happiness to all of us.”