Health
Dubai's first Spartan

Dubai’s first Spartan

As someone who usually spends weekends consuming vast quantities of cheese-filled baked goods, I’m not sure what possessed me to join in the UAE’s first Spartan race challenge. Let’s call it peer pressure, or a temporary moment of madness. It started with training sessions two weeks ago, where hulking great tanks of Schwarzenegger-muscle completed squats...
Why ‘This Girl Can’ is the best advert in sporting history

Why ‘This Girl Can’ is the best advert in sporting history

Sporting advertisements don’t generally fill me with joy. Fronted by swishy-haired, ab-crunching, green-smoothie-drinking treadmill unicorns, they serve no other purpose than to make me feel as useless as I did on school sports day. I am no athlete. If anything I’m the opposite of an athlete: Skinny, squishy, nesh and all too happy to sacrifice...
Fitness challenge: The gym alternatives

Fitness challenge: The gym alternatives

Sport was never my forte at school. Blessed with the coordination and physical prowess of a club-footed, Quaalude-stuffed donkey, I have difficulty getting my car out of the drive without sustaining injuries to myself or immediate surroundings.Combine this with an extreme dislike of ritual humiliation, cold weather and being told what to do, and it’s...
You got the love

You got the love

Social media is awash with female self-hatred. Lurking amidst the instagram accounts of pouting concave stomached ‘look at me’ types, there’s a million tales of woe from the low self-esteem crew. Thighs carrying some post Easter egg extravaganza wobble? Boobs too titchy? The internet overlords (of which I believe there are several) must be turning heads...
Homemade fish and chips with pea and lemon mayonnaise

Homemade fish and chips with pea and lemon mayonnaise

Fish and chips must be one of the most glorious dishes on the English menu. Dripping in salt and fat like congestive heart failure on a plate, it’s one of the few take aways that requires a coronary stent after consumption. Whilst I have serious passion for the occasional battered treat (not a euphemism), recently...
New Year’s resolutions not to make

New Year’s resolutions not to make

It is my firm belief that nobody in the history of the world has ever visited a gym they joined as a New Year’s resolution. Packed with sweaty bodied angry folk feigning exercise enjoyment whilst secretly calculating how many pies they can scoff later, everyone knows they are protein shake selling temples of doom. Yet come...
Cheesy courgette and aubergine chips

Cheesy courgette and aubergine chips

One of the most difficult things about cooking (apart from clearing up the catastrophic mess that trails in my wake) is maintaining variety. Given the choice, I’d happily eat mashed potatoes with every meal. Like clouds of salty, buttery fluff on a plate they can pretty much be teamed with any food in the universe....
Chorizo, chicken and bean casserole

Chorizo, chicken and bean casserole

Like a bad date, low fat, carb free dinners tend to leave you empty, unfulfilled and desperately craving one of those 367 million calorie melt in the middle chocolate puddings. I can’t claim that my latest culinary favourite is *quite* as delicious as cheese covered chips, but considering how kind it’ll be to your thighs,...
20 minute salmon and lentils

20 minute salmon and lentils

The Clark Kent of the fish world, salmon is one the world’s greatest superfoods. Packed with Omega 3 fatty acid and vitamins, it’s not only good for your heart, it’ll also make your skin glow like one of those swooshy haired chicks in a Ralph Lauren commercial. (Fisherman’s Weekly didn’t pay me to write this, you can...
The health kick: cracked pepper mushroom omelette

The health kick: cracked pepper mushroom omelette

After a gruelling few days on a (fairly ineffectual) health kick I have discovered three things. 1.) There’s a large part of me that would rather be eaten by a bear then get up to go jogging at 7.30am. 2.) Apples are not appropriate dessert food and 3.) Omelettes are a source of magical power....
Why you shouldn’t detox

Why you shouldn’t detox

From Bambi legged Vogue models to wobbly lady guts splashed across the cover of Heat magazine, you can’t pass a newsstand without being assaulted by the phrase ‘bikini body’. So it’s no surprise the Twittersphere is awash with women keen to minimise their waistline with a brand new spangly detox programme. “Reboot your metabolism” the...
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