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As a personal trainer, I am a big believer that great food does not have to sacrifice your health. As part of my general rules to eating, I always encourage clients to maintain a low Glycaemic level to their foods, so I use Quinoa in place of rice, and new potatoes instead of regular King Edwards, etc. In this recipe I have used my favourite fish, sea bass, which I buy fresh from Borough Market, as its produce is always fantastic quality.

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As a personal trainer, I am a big believer that great food does not have to sacrifice your health. As part of my general rules to eating, I always encourage clients to maintain a low Glycaemic level to their foods, so I use Quinoa in place of rice, and new potatoes instead of regular King Edwards, etc. In this recipe I have used my favourite fish, sea bass, which I buy fresh from Borough Market, as its produce is always fantastic quality.

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BEFORE ANY of your readers respond to the advice given by Sarah Raven ("Rabbit repulsed", Review, 31 October), they may be interested to know that not all rabbits dislike aromatic plants. Our pet rabbit, Bertie, enjoys eating ordinary lettuce leaves, but he is also very partial to the much tangier rocket, not to mention lemon balm, sage, oregano, thyme and rosemary. His favourite nibble seems to be lavender, which he eats in huge quantities.

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