Gillian's diet consists primarily of vegetables like pulses and legumes (eg. Beans, Tofu etc). Although these can contain high levels of protein, Gillian's regular gym visits mean she needs to add extra protein-enriched foods. She allows herself lean fillets of fish, like tuna and swordfish, and the occasional chicken or turkey breast.
Gillian's Beauty TipsGillian swears by Elizabeth Arden's Eight Hour Cream. It's intense moisturizing action offers relief to dry skin, particularly on your face. This is a great idea for travellers too, as aeroplane air can quickly dry you out.
She tends to suffer from very dry lips, so she also uses a tooth brush to exfoliate them twice a week. Move the toothbrush in a gentle circular motion, add water to rinse, then apply the Eight Hour Cream on top.
Lastly, Gillian is a great believer in exercise as good for your health and well being. She does 1 hour each morning of weight lifting and ball exercises, plus 30 minutes of cardio 2-3 times a week.
Gillian's RecipeVegetable Soup
1 Medium Onion, finely chopped
2 Large Carrots, grated
1 Leek, finely chopped (sometimes I vary with 2 celery stalks)
4 New Potatoes, grated
1 can of Flageolet Beans, drained
1 Organic Vegetable Stock Cube, mixed with 1ltr of boiled water.
Salt/Pepper to season
2 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Put 1 tbsp of the olive oil into the pot and sauté the onions over a medium heat for approx 4 minutes. Add the grated potatoes and carrots and cook for a further 5 minutes, then add the leek/celery and heat until all of the vegetables are al dente (approx 3 mins).
Pour in the vegetable stock and keep on the heat until it boils, then take off the heat and slowly puree in your blender. Once it's all been blended to your liking, pour back into the pot and place over a low heat. You can add in Chilli flakes now if you wish (they increase your metabolism) and extra salt/pepper to taste.
Once it's boiling again, add in the can of Flageolet Beans and cook for a further 2 minutes. Turn off the heat and allow to sit for a few minutes before serving.
This recipe will provide approx 4-6 servings, so a great food to keep in your fridge when dieting!