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Migraines and misery… We try the Victoria’s Secret Angels’ pre-runway diet including EIGHT eggs for breakfast

VICTORIA’S SECRET models are considered to be some of the sexiest in the business with their to-die-for bods and their perfect smiles. Inspired by last week’s Victoria’s Secret 20…

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VICTORIA’S SECRET models are considered to be some of the sexiest in the business with their to-die-for bods and their perfect smiles.

Inspired by last week’s Victoria’s Secret 2017 runway show in Shanghai, we decided it was time to see what actually goes in to achieving that enviable shape and is it really worth it?

 Getting the body of an Angel is not an easy task with high protein diets and crazy exercisesRex Features Getting the body of an Angel is not an easy task with high protein diets and crazy exercises

Here’s how Sun journalist Lauren Windle dealt with the head aches and misery of boring sugar, additive and fun free food that comes from eating like one of the world’s most celebrated lingerie models.

Day 1

First thing: Dandelion tea

Blanca Padilla and Nadine Leopold’s trainer told Pop Sugar that the girls kick things off with this cup of brewed goodness. Not a terrible way to start the day.

Despite sounding a bit weird, dandelion tea actually tastes similar to regular tea before adding the milk.

Off to a reasonable start.

 Elsa Hosk works her way through eight eggs in the morning before a showThe Sun Online Elsa Hosk works her way through eight eggs in the morning before a show  Those eggs went down, but I couldn't promise they would stay downThe Sun Online Those eggs went down, but I couldn’t promise they would stay down

Breakfast: Eight eggs

No point getting too comfortable though as breakfast turned out to be an endurance-test-come-eating-challenge akin to those subjected on contestants of Japanese game shows.

According to Style Caster Elsa Hosk chows down on EIGHT eggs the morning of the show. That’s right eight.

After Googling to check it wouldn’t kill me, I embarked on the mammoth meal… and it was not enjoyable.

I managed to keep all eight down but it was touch and go.

 Elsa Hosk quickly became my nemesis after announcing she eats EIGHT eggs before the show Elsa Hosk quickly became my nemesis after announcing she eats EIGHT eggs before the show Victoria’s Secret Angel Elsa Hosk exercises ahead of Fashion Show

Lunch: Salmon filet with salad

Nothing wrong with lunch apart from the aching hunger I felt just 10 minutes after finishing.

Made all the worse by the gentle waft of battered cod coming from the canteen on fish ‘n’ chip Friday.

 The snack of dried peas did not go down wellThe Sun Online The snack of dried peas did not go down well

Snack: Dried peas

VS model Stella Maxwell revealed her diet plan to Byrdie.co.uk and in her interview she said: “For snacks, I like nuts and those dried peas. They’re really addictive.”

I can conclusively confirm that they are not.

The tiny beads of rock-hard pea are dense enough to crack your teeth.

If you do have nashers sharp enough to break through the solid exterior all you’ll get is a bitter “pea like” taste just without the sweetness.

Would not recommend.

 Stella Maxwell found dried peas Getty – Contributor Stella Maxwell found dried peas “addictive”, I did not. Stella Maxwell on becoming a Victoria’s Secret Angel

Dinner: Poached chicken with steamed broccoli

By this point my head felt like it was about to explode, it was literally screaming at me to bring it some carbohydrates.

I was hoping for something to quench my uncontrollable urges for white flour but another meal brought another boring dish to top off a culinary disaster of a day.

Poach chicken comes with an unappealing anaemic colour.

On the plus side though, the unusual cooking method did leave the breast nice and moist.

 Nadine Leopold's trainer suggested dandelion tea and grapefruit for breakfastVictoria’s Secret Nadine Leopold’s trainer suggested dandelion tea and grapefruit for breakfast

Day 2

First thing: Warm water with ginger, cayenne pepper and lemon tea

At first glance, this feels fine. I would go as far as to say I like a lemon and ginger tea on a winter’s morning.

Elsa Hosk certainly does, she told Style Caster that she starts the day with the hot beverage, only she pops in some cayenne pepper.

The first sip of this tastes fine but by the time I was half way down the cup my mouth was filled with the fire of a thousands suns and my stomach started to get that sick feeling back after yesterday’s eggs.

Right now my body hates me. But I just hate Elsa Hosk.

 Starting the morning with a spicy cayenne pepper tea was not an enjoyable experienceThe Sun Online Starting the morning with a spicy cayenne pepper tea was not an enjoyable experience

Breakfast: A grapefruit sprinkled with cinnamon

Next up was a brief reprieve from the sugar-free, fun-free diet with a grapefruit sprinkled with cinnamon, recommended by Blanca Padilla and Nadine Leopold’s trainer.

Having had nothing that even resembled sugar, the grapefruit tasted like sweet, sweet nectar.

 Getting a bod like Blanca Padilla's is a lot of hard work Getting a bod like Blanca Padilla’s is a lot of hard work

Workout: Megaformer workout

Martha Hunt swears by the Megaformer method for refining her shape according to People Magazine.

So I headed down to Studio Lagree – the only place in London with the intimidating looking machines – to try it out.

Not to be confused with reformer, the Megaformer machines offered stretching, tensing and working in muscles I didn’t know I had.

After just half an hour on the torture device I was spent, and movement the following day was definitely restricted.

A particular highlight was when my charming trainer Linda asked if I was “hamming up” the pain for the camera. Embarrassingly, I wasn’t.

 The Megaformer workout was not an easy rideThe Sun Online The Megaformer workout was not an easy ride  The brutal machines caused me to ache in parts of my body that I didn't even know existedThe Sun Online The brutal machines caused me to ache in parts of my body that I didn’t even know existed

Lunch: Grilled tofu  and stir fried vegetables

Having always been weary of tofu (what is tofu anyway?), I wasn’t looking forward to this one. And I was right not to.

Another boring lunch barely worth acknowledging.

My diet as a Victoria’s Secret model

Day 1

First thing: Dandelion tea

Breakfast: Eight eggs

Lunch: Salmon filet with salad

Snack: Dried peas

Dinner: Poached chicken with steamed broccoli

Day 2

First thing: Warm water with ginger, cayenne and lemon tea

Breakfast: Half of a grapefruit sprinkled with cinnamon

Lunch: Grilled tofu  and stir fried vegetables

Snack: Spinach, blueberry, flaxseed, and lemon smoothie

Dinner: Poached chicken salad

Snack: Spinach, blueberry, flaxseed, and lemon smoothie

By the afternoon I was tired and miserable and gagging for a snack.

The grapefruit had gone some way to satisfying my sugar craving but I needed more.

I was delighted when I saw that my afternoon treat would be a spinach, blueberry, flaxseed, and lemon smoothie… until I saw the colour.

After blending up the ingredients, they morphed into a deeply disturbing green elixir. At this point I realised there was nothing to get excited about.

And there really wasn’t.

 The dark green smoothie colour made it particularly unappealingThe Sun Online The dark green smoothie colour made it particularly unappealing

Dinner: Poached chicken salad

My favourite meal of the lot… simply because it represented the end of my gruelling diet experiment.

Every bland mouthful was like a celebration as I got increasingly near to the finish line on the ridiculous food plan.

Verdict

Victoria’s Secret Angel I ain’t… and I think I may be ok with that.

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Happy Hanukkah 2017! Why is the Jewish festival known as Chanukah and why do we light candles?

HANUKKAH or Chanukah is a Jewish festival which is celebrated by lighting one candle a day for eight days. It’s already underway, but how did it first begin? Here’s everything you need …

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HANUKKAH or Chanukah is a Jewish festival which is celebrated by lighting one candle a day for eight days.

It’s already underway, but how did it first begin? Here’s everything you need to know…

 A Jewish family sits round the table to celebrate HanukkahGetty Images A Jewish family sits round the table to celebrate Hanukkah

What is Hanukkah?

Hanukkah is an eight-day Jewish holiday celebrated in either November or December.

This year the Festival of Lights began on the evening of Tuesday December 12 and ends of the evening of Wednesday December 20.

The holiday begins on the 25th day of Kislev – the ninth month of the year on the Hebrew calendar.

Games are often played at Hanukkah, and the most common involves a dreidel (type of spinning top) and is a popular way of helping children to remember the great miracle.

 Jews observe the celebration by lighting one candle a day for eight daysAlamy Jews observe the celebration by lighting one candle a day for eight days

What is the history behind Hanukkah?

The word means ‘rededication’ and honours the Jews’ struggle for religious freedom more than 2,500 years ago.

It dates back to two centuries before the beginning of Christianity.

Legend has it the leaders of a Jewish rebel army called the Maccabees rose up against their Greek-Syrian oppressors.

King Antiochus had taken control of the Second Temple in Jerusalem and ordered an altar to Zeus to be built.

Judaism and circumcision was banned and pigs were sacrificed.

The Jewish uprising was led by Judah Maccabee and lasted three years until the Maccabees seized Jerusalem.

Judaism’s text the Talmud says only pure olive oil with the seal of the high priest can be used for the Hanukiah.

They wanted to rededicate the temple but could only one container enough for one day.

However, miraculously it stayed alight for eight days – the time needed to get hold of a new supply of kosher oil.

Why do Jews light candles at Hanukkah?

On each of the eight nights of Hanukkah, a candle is lit in a menorah (candelabra) called a hanukkiyah.

While one legend says that the one container of oil stayed alight for eight days, another said that the uprising found eight iron spears and put candles in them, and used them for lighting up the temple.

The tradition is celebrated today, and the candles are typically lit left to right and placed in the front windows of houses.

 'Judith Beheading Holofernes' by CaravaggioAlamy ‘Judith Beheading Holofernes’ by Caravaggio

Why is it sometimes called Chanukah?

In Hebrew, Hanukkah is pronounced with the letter ‘chet’ so it sounds like Chanukah.

The chet’s ‘ch’ sound is not enunciated like the ‘ch’ in child – and is more of  a guttural sound.

It can be spelt Chanukah or Hanukkah.

What is traditional Hanukkah food?

Jews traditionally eat fried foods to honour the miracle temple oil.

‘Sufganiyot’ are round deep-fried jam or custard-filled donuts topped with powdered sugar.

They are from a yeast donut pastry mentioned in the Talmud.

 'Sufganiyot' are round deep-fried jam or custard-filled donuts topped with powdered sugarGetty Images ‘Sufganiyot’ are round deep-fried jam or custard-filled donuts topped with powdered sugar

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How to cook turkey – size guide and how long it takes to defrost and cook your Christmas dinner in the oven

IF you’ve agreed to cook Christmas dinner for your family this year, the pressure is on to make the perfect roast. Most Brits tuck into turkey on December 25 but, if you only cook this meat o…

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IF you’ve agreed to cook Christmas dinner for your family this year, the pressure is on to make the perfect roast.

Most Brits tuck into turkey on December 25 but, if you only cook this meat once a year, it can be tricky to get it right.

 When it comes to the size of the bird, allow 1lb or 500g per personGetty Images When it comes to the size of the bird, allow 1lb or 500g per person

What size turkey do I need?

When picking the perfect turkey, you’re considering more than the roast dinner itself.

Part of the fun of Christmas is having enough leftovers for turkey sandwiches in the evening, and maybe a home-made curry or pie the next day.

However, this doesn’t mean you need to panic buy the biggest bird in the store.

This would be unnecessarily expensive and the bigger the bird, the longer it will take to cook.

The general rule of thumb is to allow 1lb, or 500g, per person.

Whole birds are the best value, but crowns are easier to carve – because the legs have already been removed.

 Your cooking calculations need to take into account time for defrosting, roasting and resting the birdGetty Images Your cooking calculations need to take into account time for defrosting, roasting and resting the bird

Is a 12lb bird big enough?

Yes, unless you are cooking for around 12 people.

For a group of six to eight, you’re recommended to buy an 8lb turkey – but some birds grow to much larger than that.

This farm in East Devon produced three 60lb turkeys in 2016. The enormous birds are eight times the average weight of baby born in the UK.

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Get your carb fix thanks to Dean Edwards with a meat feast spaghetti pizza or spinach and ricotta stuffed shells

AS CHRISTMAS draws closer and the cold intensifies, don’t forget to get your carb fix to keep you going. Thanks to Dean Edwards, you need to look no further. Meat Feast Spaghetti Pizza Serves…

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AS CHRISTMAS draws closer and the cold intensifies, don’t forget to get your carb fix to keep you going.

Thanks to Dean Edwards, you need to look no further.

Meat Feast Spaghetti Pizza

Serves 4

Prep time 10 mins

Cooking time 30 mins

Cals 642/ Sat fat 20g

 Indulge in our meat feast spaghetti pizza this winterLara Holmes Indulge in our meat feast spaghetti pizza this winter

For the sauce

  • 1 red onion, very finely diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1tbsp olive oil
  • 1 x 400g tin chopped tomatoes
  • 2tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1tsp sugar

For the base

  • 200g spaghetti
  • 60g Parmesan
  • 2 eggs, beaten

For the toppings

  • 1 x 125g mozzarella ball
  • 150g ready-grated mozzarella
  • 12 slices pepperoni
  • 8 cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 4tbsp Nduja sausage or chorizo
  • 4tbsp mascarpone
  • Fresh basil, to serve

 

  1. Preheat the oven to 200°C/ 180°C fan/gas mark 6. Make the sauce by frying the onion and garlic in a splash of oil for 5 mins. Add the tomatoes and balsamic, then simmer for 5 mins until thickened. Season and add the sugar.
  2. Meanwhile, cook the pasta to packet instructions, drain, then place in a bowl with a little oil to stop it sticking. Cool slightly then stir in the Parmesan and eggs. Divide between two greased 8in spring-form cake tins and compress, bringing a little up the sides to form a crust.
  3. Spoon over the tomato sauce and spread evenly, then cover with the mozzarella, pepperoni, tomatoes and Nduja. Bake for 20 mins.
  4. Rest for a couple of mins then remove the pizzas from the tins, dot on the mascarpone and sprinkle over the basil.
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