Saturday 17 March 2018

David Gillick: "The Leicester effect"

Set small goals and you too could achieve success, says the retired elite athlete

David Gillick's eggs and salsa.
David Gillick's eggs and salsa.
David Gillick

David Gillick

Even if you don't like or follow football, it's hard to get away from hearing all about Leicester City winning the English Premier League title - the club's first top division triumph in its 132-year history.

I'm a football fan and have been glued to it all since the start of the football season last August. What relevance does this have to your health and well-being? Well, a lot. The Leicester City manager, Claudio Ranieri, set his stall out from day one. He focused on small, short-term goals. He didn't get carried away with what was going to happen 10 months down the line, or whether or not Leicester would live down to expectations of being relegated from England's top football division.

And, after making a great start to the season, he kept things casual and focused on reaching a target of 40 league points. When that happened, he re-evaluated and focused on finishing in the top 10, then in the top four and, only very recently, to become Premier League champions. Everything we want to achieve in life has to start with a goal, having a target and challenging yourself. It doesn't matter if it's staying in the Premier League or improving your diet - it all starts with a target.

A lot of people wrote Leicester off even before a football was kicked this year, and I'm sure you will doubt yourself when it comes to starting a new healthy regime, but it can be done by making short-term, weekly targets. From planning to keeping yourself hydrated every day, to not skipping a meal and committing to eat one salad a day, all of these things will help you get where you want to be. You won't be presented with a trophy in front of thousands of adoring fans but, instead, you will enjoy a great feeling of accomplishment, contentment and confidence.

Recipe: Bacon and eggs with salsa

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David Gillick's eggs and salsa.

Serves 1 to 2 people


2 rashers

2 tsp coconut oil

2 medium eggs

100g tinned chopped tomatoes

100g tinned mixed beans

70g red and yellow peppers, chopped

50g celery, chopped

½ fresh red chilli, deseeded and finely diced (or a whole one if you like it hot)

fresh coriander, chopped, plus extra to garnish


Cook the bacon under a hot grill until it's crisp, turning it frequently so it cooks evenly.

Melt 1 teaspoon of the coconut oil in a frying pan on a high heat. Fry your eggs to your liking and when done transfer them to a plate and keep them warm in the bottom of the grill.

Wipe out the frying pan and add the remaining teaspoon of coconut oil. Set the pan over a medium heat and add the chopped tomatoes, beans, peppers, celery, chilli and coriander. Stir continuously for 7-10 minutes, until the peppers are soft.

Add the tomato mixture to the warm plate with the eggs and add the bacon alongside. Garnish with a few leaves of fresh coriander. Serve hot.

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