5 New Year’s Resolutions from anti-guru Sarah Knight, author of Calm The F**k Down

5 New Year’s Resolutions from anti-guru Sarah Knight, author of Calm The F**k Down

It’s that time of year again where we’re promising to hit the gym, eat more salad and stay up-to-date with current affairs. But why make promises we know we’re going to break? To help ease the guilt, here’s our favourite anti-guru Sarah Knight, author of the No F**ks Given Guides, with some New Year’s Resolutions…

  1. Oh, did you think I was actually going to share my resolutions to get fitter, richer, or more adept at stand-up paddle boarding? I am not. I don’t believe in setting arbitrary goals at a random time of year—let alone shouting them to the public—only to likely fail in both public and private at something I was inspired to do merely out of cultural/societal pressure in the first place.
  2. That said, I would like to recover fully from the hand I broke in July, so I’m “resolving” to   use my heat pack twice a day and do some exercises that I found online. (It was broken by one of my adopted feral cats, a story that you can get in detail in the Epilogue of my new book Calm the F**k Down, should you so desire.)
  3. I also want to be able to fit into all my winter clothes by mid-January when I have to travel to London to promote the aforementioned book, so I should probably cut a few baguettes (per day) and bottles of wine (per week) out of the old diet between now and then. I’m a recovering anorexic and bulimic who no longer believes in deprivation for the sake of weight loss, but I also live in the Dominican Republic these days and only have one set of cold-weather clothes so I can’t afford to grow out of them. It’s a pickle.
  4. I need to work on my Spanish. Or should I say, Tengo que practicar mi Espanol.
  5. What else, what else? Ooh, here’s a good one—unoriginal but earnest—I’d like to read more books in 2019. I’m not going to give you a number (see: unrealistic goals at which I’ll probably fail), but there’s a metric ton of literature I didn’t get around to this year and that’s coming out next year that I’m more than happy to add to my TBR pile. CONSIDER ME RESOLVED.

Sarah’s new book Calm The F**k Down is out now!

Eat well this weekend with Gordon Ramsay's Ultimate Fit Food

Eat well this weekend with Gordon Ramsay's Ultimate Fit Food

If you like healthy food with big flavours, look no further than Gordon’s Grilled Salmon with Garlic Mushroom and Lentil Salad.

 

SERVES 4

Winter salad may sound like a contradiction in terms, but this combination of lentils, mushrooms and rocket is just that. It’s a hearty, robust dish, perfect for autumnal and wintry days when regular salad ingredients are out of season. It’s delicious on its own but is particularly good with grilled wild salmon, which also adds extra protein, healthy fats and plenty of vitamins and minerals to your meal.

200g Puy lentils
1 bay leaf
2 thyme sprigs
800ml vegetable stock (or water)
1 tbsp olive oil
200g chestnut mushrooms, cut into eighths
200g large flat or Portobello mushrooms, sliced
2 garlic cloves, peeled and finely chopped
4 x 100g wild salmon fillets
100g rocket leaves
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

FOR THE DRESSING

1 garlic clove, peeled and crushed
2 tbsp white wine vinegar
1 tsp wholegrain mustard
1 tsp runny honey
1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 tbsp water

  1. Put the lentils into a large saucepan along with the bay leaf, thyme and stock (or water). Bring to the boil over a medium-high heat, then reduce to a simmer. Simmer for 15–20 minutes until tender.
  2. In the meantime, heat a large heavy-based frying pan over a medium-high heat and add the olive oil. Once hot, add the mushrooms with a pinch of salt and cook in the pan for 6–8 minutes, stirring now and again, until soft and lightly caramelized on the edges.
  3. Add the chopped garlic and continue to cook for 2 minutes, then remove the pan from the heat.
  4. Once the lentils are tender, drain well and discard the herbs. Put the lentils into a large mixing bowl and add the mushrooms. Mix together gently to avoid breaking up the lentils too much.
  5. To make the dressing, put all the ingredients into a clean jam jar with a pinch of salt and pepper. Close the lid of the jar and shake until the dressing comes together and emulsifies.
  6. Preheat the grill to high. Grill the salmon for 6–8 minutes to your liking.
  7. Pour half the dressing over the warm lentils and toss gently to ensure everything is coated. Fold in the rocket, place the salmon on top and pour over the remaining dressing. Serve immediately.

HOW TO SAVE TIME

To shorten the prep time, use pre-cooked lentils in tins or pouches. For four people, you will need 2 x 400g tins or 2–3 pouches.

PER SERVING

KCAL 480

FAT (g) 20.0

SATURATES (g) 3.0

CARBS (g) 29.0

SUGARS (g) 5.0

FIBRE (g) 9.0

PROTEIN (g) 43.0

SALT (g) 0.78

Recipe extracted from Gordon Ramsay’s Ultimate Fit Food by Gordon Ramsay, published by Hodder & Stoughton, out 4th January, £25

Get STRONG with Zanna Van Dijk

Get STRONG with Zanna Van Dijk

After spending ALL of  Christmas eating chocolate in our pyjamas and making regular trips to the fridge for a chunk of brie, we’re ready for a brand new start and that all important health kick.

Luckily, the lovely Zanna Van Dijk has a brand new book to help us along the way.

Strong

STRONG is full of exercises and delicious recipes to help you achieve a balanced body this year…we promise you it’s not just kale and green juices, there’s even a recipe for the ultimate chocolate brownie!

Why not try the ultimate winter warming dish this January with a delicious Vegan 3-bean Chilli.

If you like the sound of this, why not try

Xochi Balfour’s Lamb Tagine with Cauliflower and Parsnip Couscous

Or

 

Deliciously Ella’s Frozen Raspberry, Peach and Orange Smoothie

Exclusive extract from Katie Piper's CONFIDENCE

Exclusive extract from Katie Piper's CONFIDENCE

We’re very excited to reveal an exclusive extract from Katie Piper’s new book, CONFIDENCE: THE SECRET to round-off Feel Good Week!

In Confidence, Katie shares what she’s learned from her most difficult moments to inspire and help other achieve happiness and self-acceptance.

Katie’s message is a powerful one: that confidence is about valuing who you are, not what you do or how you look. She offers advice, ideas and inspiration for feeling more confident in all areas of life, whether it’s at work or school, in relationships and friendships, or learning to love and respect your body.

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This is a wonderful book from one of Britain’s most inspiring young women, sharing her secrets to finding deep-down resilience, strength and confidence.

EXTRACT from Confidence: The Secret 

I believe that you decide what you want in life, and then you go out and make it happen. No one thought disabled people could be supreme athletes until we saw the Paralympics and we’re in awe of them. In the London 2012 Olympics they were extraordinary – gifted, dedicated, brilliant. We all fell in love with them and they turned around attitudes towards those with disabilities. I wanted to do the same thing – I wanted to turn around the widely held belief that someone with burns couldn’t be sexy or beautiful or wear a gorgeous dress or present a programme on television. Breaking down taboos is one of my goals, and I know there are other people who feel the same way. Who writes the rules? We do! I was never going to give my attackers the satisfaction of being the girl whose life they ruined. I never want to give them that end to the story. Instead I choose what I want to be and then I go out there and do everything I can to be it. You can, too. Success is a journey, not a destination. It doesn’t happen in a straight line, the path goes off to one side and then the other all the time. But when it veers off track you just get back on it and keep going. Create your own future, and your own closure. Don’t look for happiness in other people, find it in yourself. When I married in November 2015 I remember thinking that it had been a long journey. It had been almost eight years since the attack that nearly killed me, and there I was, marrying the most wonderful man. I’d had health problems and we’d already put the wedding off once, and I thought we might have to put it off again. But we didn’t and it all went to plan – despite my anxious checking and re-checking! Richie and I were both emotional, in fact I think just about everyone was in tears. And I had never been more sure of anything, or happier.

When it comes to confidence, we could all take a leaf out of Katie’s book. She has overcome more than anyone else I know‘ Cheryl

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Pre-order your copy of Confidence here, out 29.12.16

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