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Celebrity trainer and fitness author
James Duigan talks protein, pesto
and the four pillars of health
photography by DAV I D MU N N S
words by RO SA HA RRI S ON

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upermodel Elle Macpherson and
actor Emilia Clarke are among
those he trains; he has written eight
bestselling books on nutrition and exercise
and founded the renowned Bodyism gyms,
dotted around the world from Notting Hill
to the Maldives. So how is James Duigan's
latest book, Blueprint for Health (£14.99,
Pavilion Books), any different from the last?
'Every book I've written gets better,' James,
42, says over the phone from Adelaide, where
he is visiting family and launching a food
store. Then he has a stopover in the US to do
a talk on fitness before heading back to the
UK for the birth of his third child with wife
Christiane, 33. Just a typical week, then.
'In this book we've identified the
four pillars of health that are mindset,
movement, nutrition and sleep,' James says.
'If you get these right you give yourself a
chance of living a long healthy and happy
life. It's pretty simple.'

ENOUGH IS ENOUGH
James both embraces and is sceptical of
social media. He and Christiane, with 81,000
followers on Instagram, know the power of
self-promotion, but he worries about false
information. 'People see stick thin models
all over the internet and think if they just
eat gluten-free they'll get those bodies when
it's just not the case.' Equally, James says we
should be wary about the high-protein diets.

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'The book isn't high protein, it's sufficient
protein,' he explains. 'Many diets are protein
-deficient. So lots of people I talk to have
cornflakes for breakfast, a Marmite sandwich
for lunch and then vegetable soup for dinner
and think they're being healthy.
'But now more people understand what
it takes to nourish themselves which, of
course, is a decent amount of protein.'
But what, specifically, should we be
eating? 'Lots of fresh vegetables!' says
James. 'Get stuff that's not processed. Buy
a chicken to roast, go to the fish counter
to see what fish is looking good. If you can
afford organic, great, if not, it doesn't matter.
Do what you can with what you've got. You
don't need to eat protein every meal but
have some form of it every day.'

KEEP IT SIMPLE
James' book contains dozens of recipes
he and Christiane like to cook up every week
and meals he's discovered during his travels.
Between curries and smoothies, though,
his favourite meal of all is as simple as they
come. 'Simple is always best,' he says.
'Baked chicken thighs: You put them in the
oven with some Italian herbs, they're ready
in 25 minutes. In the meantime, steam some
veggies and throw them on a plate with pesto
on top. It's delicious, cheaper than most fast
food, protein-rich and I don't feel for one
second I'm missing out on anything.'

BA LA N CE October 2017

CHEESE
Parmesan has the
highest protein
content out of
all the cheeses,
with around 38g
in every 100g



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