olympic sport, was our girl a knockout in the ring? London Lite Monday, 14 September 2009 13 Whats in my fridge? CELEBRITY chef Rick Steins Far Eastern Odyssey is out now in hardback, 25. I EAT at my own or other restaurants about four times a week, so at home I like to eat as healthily as possible. My fridge has an Eastern flavour and theres always enough ingredients to whip up a stir-fry or a noodle soup. I keep a selection of pastes, including a Thai green one and a nasi goreng. For breakfast, Ill eat a full-fat yogurt with seasonal berries and caster sugar. For lunch, Ill make something crisp and light using Chinese cabbage, bamboo shoots, bean sprouts, sliced lettuce, spring onions and beef or chicken. Theres always tomatoes and avocados in there too and usually a fresh fish. My one naughty little luxury is a delicious Emmental cheese spread. If I fancy a snack Ill make a sandwich with freshly cooked prawns and home-made mayonnaise, or maybe an omelette with parmesan cheese. Drinks wise, I drink plenty of water, but I do keep half a bottle of dessert wine in the fridge for visitors. Nutritionist Fiona Hunter says: RestauRant food is often high in calories, fat and salt. even in fish restaurants, such as Ricks, if the fish comes served with a rich creamy sauce or an oil-rich dressing, its not as healthy as people imagine. although asian food can be healthy, coconut milk is scarily high in saturated fat. Just 100ml of coconut milk would provide about three-quarters of the saturated fat someone should eat in an entire day, so dishes such as thai green curries are best kept for a special treat. Ricks diet could be short on fibre, so he should eat more beans and pulses. nick mcgrath the punchbags. Keith gave me a quick lesson in the punches. Jabs and crosses are punches aimed at about chin height, hooks are aimed at the side of the head, while an upper cut comes from below. Then I joined the rest of the class on the punchbags where we followed instructions until the sweat poured off me. As I gulped some water, one of my classmates told me: Thats just the warm-up! Padworkandsparring The rest of the group paired up for some sparring but Keith said I wasnt ready for that yet, so he helped me work on combinations of punches with some pad work, calling out combinations I had to follow. Double jab, cross, jab, cross, hook, upper cut, upper cut. It was as much a mental exercise as a physical one. Conditioningcircuits I ThoughT the end was in sight but we had only just started. Dynamic press-ups, tuck jumps, star jumps, plus a whole range of other cardio exercises came next. Then the mats came out and Lonsdale sparring headguard 36, boxfituk.com Adidas by Stella McCartney boxing boot 95, shop.adidas.co.uk Lonsdale fitness bag mitt 18, boxfituk.com The boxing essentials it was time for press-ups with our hands in various different positions, back extensions, sit ups and ab exercises. Finally, we scooped ourselves off the floor for some skipping. Finalscore IF I was serious about getting into box- ing, Id take a few classes like this and then opt for some one-on-one coaching before learning how to spar. Its unlikely that Im going to be a serious contender for 2012 but it was a brilliant workout so, hangover per- mitting, Ill be back next Saturday. Three other female- friendly boxing gyms Allstars Gym, W10 (allstars-gym.co.uk) Amateur boxing classes from 3 Left Hook, E1 (lefthook.co.uk) Boxing classes for non-members start at 15 Paragon Gym, E2 (paragongym.co.uk) A six-week beginners course starts tomorrow and takes place every Tuesday and Thursday, 115 In the ring: Claire gets in some boxing training and, above right, warms up 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.html36.html37.html38.html39.html40.html41.html42.html43.html44.html45.html46.html47.html