As for how she keeps healthy, Lakshmi says she's become something of a salad master.
"I use a lot of funky vegetables and get creative with a lot of nuts, different dried fruits, or apple and mint," she reveals. "You can change it up and make it different five days a week for lunch or dinner. Then you have a glass of sangria as a treat.“
When she's not filming Top Chef, Lakshmi's diet regimen is as much about what she keeps out of her body as it is what she puts into it.
"It’s no sweets, no red meat, no wheat, no alcohol, no fried food, no dairy except for cottage cheese or low-fat yogurt," she said, noting, "But this is a milder version -- like, I can fall off the wagon one day a week... It’s a more relaxed version now, because I don’t care as much [as I used to]. I don’t need to be a size 2. It’s OK.”