What is Intermittent Fasting

Here is a simple trick that some useful friends of mine have used to transform their lives: Intermittent fasting. This involves a two- to three-week, everyday fast in which food is limited (usually to a breakfast of some kind, with the occasional cheese sandwich or hard-boiled egg), and energy is amply replenished through routine exercise and lifestyle changes. This is different from a fad diet that, although probably tempting, always threatens to be more trouble than it’s worth.

My friend Simone (her identity is private) embarked on a rigid intermittent fasting program, which she religiously adhered to with fine precision for a month. She no longer relied on her rational machine that churned out email queries and brainstorming sessions. She actually managed to master virtually every skill she needed to master. She has always been good at cooking, but by the end of the program, Simone was making soup, making snacks, and otherwise refining her culinary chops. She added more vigorous physical exercise to her daily routine, and she worked out with an amazing intensity — so intense that she doesn’t remember when the workout ended.

By the end of the month, she felt like herself again. There’s the added benefit of not having to worry about boring — or any kind of — eating habits.

The recipes here are mostly adapted from Simone’s website, which gives a good idea of what kind of impact intermittent fasting can have. There are recipes for quick-and-easy meals that are also ample portions of pasta and rice, but mostly they are post-dinner meals. Sima’s fiancé and his chef friend cooked up a few recipes to start with, and encouraged Simone to adapt them to her needs. Her own cooking skills have improved vastly, which of course is great in itself. It will make it much easier for Simone to leave her 9-to-5 job if she so chooses, though, especially since a big chunk of her expenses now include wine and wine-related expenses.

Who is Caroline Flack?

Once, before Ricky Gervais, former host of the U.K.’s version of The Office, was ever famous, he was best known for his role as the only non-ridiculous member of the Comedy Store cast, which includes the likes of Russell Brand, Steve Coogan and Bill Bailey. Flack, 40, appeared in Gervais’s show through the early 2000s, performing alongside Peter Serafinowicz, Phill Jupitus and Gervais. After she left the U.K. version of The Office, Flack hosted the British version of I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here, before moving on to U.K. reality show Love Island in 2010.

Since then, Flack has hosted a handful of other reality shows, including Tumble (Australia’s version of Strictly Come Dancing), a sporting reality show that showcased fitness and dance. She’s also featured on Celebrity Big Brother and Celebs Go Dating, the latter of which she hosts alongside her co-stars, Caggie Dunlop and Eden Blackman. While she was on Celebrity Big Brother, Flack reportedly had a fling with co-star Andrew Brady — who later got engaged to Flack’s friend, Love Island co-star Amelia Lily.

Last year, Flack made the transition from reality host to author, with the release of her book, Flack, which goes inside her interview and songwriting process — or rather, her lack thereof. The book portrays Flack as a naive young girl with a mischievous personality, and it explores her childhood with a mother who divorced her father when she was young and showed little affection. It also touches on her relationships with celebrities. “There was always a drip-feed of stories and quotes from interviews,” Flack wrote in a book review for the Guardian. “But much of it seems to have been taken out of context. My editor meant for me to make the biggest impression possible out of each brief quote. With hindsight, we didn’t help her and let the cliche take over.”