Upset: Abi nearly ends up wet; but soon shes really racing along, below London Lite Monday, 27 July 2009 15 Whats in my fridge? Singer and presenter Mica Paris, 40, lives in Chelsea. I HAVE a banana and a yogurt first thing, then I go to the gym. For lunch I usually have steamed broccoli with thin- sliced rare beef and French beans. In the evening Ill have fried or baked salmon with salad and more broccoli. I tend not to snack, although if Im having a bad day or am out for a drink I might have some crisps. Im allergic to nuts so Im always relieved when Im in a bar and thats all they have -- no temptation! I have herbal teas and Ive cut out milk and sugar but on a naughty day Ill treat myself to crme brle. When it comes to alcohol, Ill maybe have a couple of vodkas with slimline tonic once a week, but I have to watch what I eat and drink or Id be the size of a house. I work out four times a week. Theres no naughty food in my fridge --Ive got salmon, broccoli, and coleslaw but no bad stuff, otherwise Im tempted to eat it. nutritionist Fiona Hunter says: Although the individual ingredients that make up Micas diet are very healthy, her diet is low in carbohydrates, which means it doesnt provide anywhere near enough dietary fibre to keep her digestive system healthy. She could also be missing out on important vitamins and minerals such as magnesium. If shes going to the gym four times a week she needs carbohydrates to replace the energy stored in her muscles. having lentils, beans or brown rice with her lunch would help to replace the glycogen in her muscles, as well as providing dietary fibre without causing her weight to balloon. If Mica is watching her weight then its better to bake salmon rather than fry it. of the citys docklands and burn 200 calories an hour 4.70m double-handed dinghy. Danny believes in letting you get on with it. He sits in but only pipes up if you really need him. Soon we were whizzing from one side of the dock to the other. Just as I was getting the hang of the baffling number of ropes, he suggested I try helming. He reminded me to hold the double-jointed rudder in front of my body, then pass it behind me as we changed direction. My first tack (change of direction) wasnt great. My yell ready about (to warn I was about to manoeuvre) sounded professional but I got muddled with the ropes and it took 10 minutes to change direction. A couple more tacks later, under Dannys gentle guidance, I felt Id got the hang of it -- till I almost came a cropper to a sudden gust. Do many people fall in? I asked, trying to regain my composure. Sometimes, Danny laughed. We host the odd stag party here. We send them out on canoes first to practise, then let them out on the water in a Pico (a tiny one-man boat) with the sail curled right down so its easier to manage. They fall in a bit but thats all part of the fun. My session was draining physically and mentally. The constant jumping back and forth from one side of the boat to the other, hanging out when the wind gusted and pulling the ropes really kept me on my toes. I also had to ensure we had the sails right to make the most of the wind. No wonder sailing burns 200 calories an hour. I can vouch its a great arm- and tummy-toner too, but so much fun it doesnt feel like exercise. Theverdict THe centre is a little run down but thats part of its charm. Ive always wanted to learn to sail properly but was intimidated at the thought of booking into a weekend course with hardcore yachties. However, the centre was thank- fully down-to-earth and welcoming. It has all the kit you need and very friendly staff wholl teach anyone who wants to learn. Going back on the Tube, I felt invigor- ated and my now slightly sunburnt face was grinning ear to ear: Id just been sailing -- in the middle of London. I cant wait to get back on the water. 90-minute sessions for one to three people, take place on weekday afternoons or weekends and cost 50pp. Royal Yachting Association basic skills two-day course, 134; after completion you can take to the water solo for 6.80 per hour for dinghy hire. Royal Victoria Dock Watersports Centre, 020 7511 2326, royaldockstrust.org.uk/watersports Mean and lean: Danny shows Abi how to lean out to pull on the ropes index.html2.html3.html4.html5.html6.html7.html8.html9.html10.html11.html12.html13.html14.html15.html16.html17.html18.html19.html20.html21.html22.html23.html24.html25.html26.html27.html28.html29.html30.html31.html32.html33.html34.html35.html