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Eat healthily like Sheffield star Jess

Great Britain's Jessica Ennis-Hill during the women's long jump during day two of the IAAF London Diamond League meeting at the Olympic Stadium, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday July 27, 2013. See PA Story ATHLETICS London. Photo credit should read: Adam Davy/PA Wire

Great Britain's Jessica Ennis-Hill during the women's long jump during day two of the IAAF London Diamond League meeting at the Olympic Stadium, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday July 27, 2013. See PA Story ATHLETICS London. Photo credit should read: Adam Davy/PA Wire

Readers struggling to keep their healthy New Year resolutions can get fresh motivation from the most expert of sources – golden girl Jessica Ennis-Hill.

Sheffield’s star heptathlete has shared her tips for eating like an athlete as thousands of people pledge to give up sugar, cut out booze and fight the flab in gyms across the city.

The Olympic 2012 gold medallist revealed her typical daily diet, but also said it was vital to keep the menu varied.

She even has a secret treat to get her motivated.

Superfit Jessica said: “I think it is important to enjoy food and not just see it as sustenance.

“I love to cook and I am always trying out new recipes.

“The food that helps me get up and motivated in the morning is kiwi fruit – I love them!”

Jessica’s top diet and exercise tip for the amateur athlete was ‘to try to keep both your diet and the exercise you do varied and interesting’.

“You’re more likely to keep it up if you don’t get bored with it,” she added.

Advice given by Jessica, who lives in Millhouses and married Andy Hill last year, has been shared with food-lovers across the nation as part of an online healthy diet plan created by the BBC.

The former pupil of King Ecgbert School in Totley also spoke of her favourite sports to watch rather than compete in.

She said: “I like watching Formula One – I am a speed freak!”

And when the competition season is over, Jess also confessed that she loves to indulge in Thai or Italian food and ‘the odd glass of red wine’.

Fellow Olympic athlete Mo Farah and British triathlete Liz Blatchford have also shared their diet advice.

* Visit BBC Good Food for more.

What Jess eats in a typical day

BREAKFAST: Lots of fresh fruit, yoghurt and porridge for slow release energy

LUNCH: Grilled chicken, salad and fresh vegetables with rice or pasta

DINNER: Pasta bake or grilled steak and salad

 

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