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I love vast bowls of pasta and risotto and that’s probably why I’d managed to stack on an extra 10 kilos. I needed to lose weight for health reasons if nothing else. But I wasn’t prepared to give up delicious food or wine. And I refused to count POINTS, go low fat, Dukan or any other other stupid diet. Instead I changed the way I eat forever. I haven’t given up a thing but if I do have pasta it’s for lunch and the portion size has shrunk. For dinner we cook interesting food but with the rice, pasta, bread and potatoes subtracted most nights. Over the course of about a year and a half I’ve lost the ten kilos. I fit every single item in my wardrobe. I had to buy new jeans as the old ones were falling down.

So here are my tips if you want to shed a few kilos. Work out what you’re doing wrong and change it. Take it slowly, don’t always be trying to lose weight, have maintenance phases. Eat real food rather than processed rubbish. Have a good breakfast. If you eat chocolate or cake don’t feel as if you’ve ruined your diet and start a splurge…continue to eat normally for the rest of the day instead.

 This spiced fish stew is one of my favourite easy healthy meals. You can make it with any white fish or seafood.  You will need: 2 large fillets white fish chopped into pieces, 6 prawns, 1 onion, two tins Italian finely chopped tomatoes, 2 cloves garlic, 1 red chilli pepper, 1 teaspoon cumin, 2 teaspoons garam masala, salt, lime, oil.

Fry onion until translucent. Add garlic and chilli and fry for a couple of minutes…don’t let the garlic brown. Add cumin and garam masala and stir through. Add  tomatoes and salt and simmer for 15 minutes (you can add a little water or fish stock if it’s looking dry). Add prawns and fish and cook through. Turn off the heat and add the juice of one lime. You could scatter a few coriander leaves on the top if you were feeling a bit fancy. Serves two…would stretch to three with a little rice but I only allow one handful of dried rice per person these days.