Padma Lakshmi: “I Never Tweet About My Daughter”

Padma Lakshmi recently shared her personal insights of being a single parent, entertaining at home, and getting back to her post-baby body to Yahoo! Shine.

Referring to almost 2-year-old Krishna she said, “One thing I’ll say, in truth – I am a single parent. But I don’t feel alone at all in parenting my daughter.  I have a big family, who I am surrounded by, and friends. Krishna has a whole other side of her family who loves her, too. And so Krishna is parented by me, but also by her grandmother and aunts and cousins and uncles and friends. It’s a corny thing, but it does take a village. The more who encompass her, the more different-kinds of people who are in Krishna’s life, the better off she is.”

A regular user of Twitter, she mentions recipes and gives friendly responses but never mentions her daughter.

The Top Chef host said, “I never tweet about my daughter. Never. I just want to be respectful of her privacy. My job as a mom is to know when to open my mouth and when not to. It’s not my place to make those decisions for other members of my family. I try to be respectful of that.”

As a foodie, she makes sure Krishna eats healthy.

She shares, “My family has a really good diet. It’s mostly plant-based. She eats a lot of vegetables — kale and cauliflower. Lots of fruits. Lots of beans – every lentil on the planet she can get her hands on. She loves couscous.It’s not a lot of meat. I will introduce chicken and after, other meats, just because I want her to have a diverse diet so she can get along wherever she is and whoever she’s with.”

On getting her post-baby body back, she says it was “really hard.”

I have a really good metabolism, I’ve always been pretty thin and I’m 5’9”. But it was hard. I gained 45 pounds when I was pregnant and I was bedridden for six weeks after she was born. I didn’t have the luxury of going to the gym and I had to go right back to work. And my job is about eating every day – way more than you would ever want to. I wasn’t like those girls who give birth and are back on the runway. It took me probably six months to gain 45 pounds and I would say it took me double that time to lose it.”

Her advice on entertaining at home?

Lakshmi said, “I always suggest you make it clear if it’s an adult party or is it a child’s party. If it’s an event with children and you do have wine there, you want  to be very responsible. You want to make sure there’s a lot of food. You want to be sure they are eating while they’re drinking and they’re not having more than one glass of wine or cocktail an hour, that they’re definitely not driving afterwards. And that there are enough people taking care of and keeping an eye on the children.”

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  • arabella

    Isn’t Krishna one.

    • Anonymous

      Is that a question? Isn’t Krishna one what?

      • Anonymous

        On year old…

      • Sarah M.

        I think she meant isn’t she 1 year old, not 2 years old. That’s what it sounded like to me, anyway…

        • Anonymous1

          Thanks Captain Obvious!

  • melo1983

    Cool, parent of the year award goes to you Padma!!…

  • Scooter

    Seriously, I have no idea who this woman is but I love everything she just said! I think she’s wonderful. Love everything from her views about her daughter to the way she lost weight. The part about post-baby weight loss is so true. Any weight loss for that matter. We don’t gain the weight in just a few weeks so it’s not realistic to expect to lose it that quickly. Bravo, Ms. Lakshmi.

  • Anonymous34

    She great accept that she doesn’t what the father of her child in her daughter’s life even thought since he found out he was going to be a father he trying everything to be thier for his child and miss Padma wants to be a single mother and have her child have only one parent in her life she selfish parent.

  • Anonymous

    I agree with scooter. I never knew her either before reading about her on here.. but I love all the things she says!

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