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Food is medicine, so they say. Never more true than for these women, who share the dishes that meant they were on the road to wellness

Food styling Kate Blinman

Props styling Joanna Levitas

Lucy Robinson, 34, from London, runs her own PR company and was diagnosed as being gluten-intolerant four years ago

‘For as long as I could remember I’d had issues with my stomach. From the age of 18 I was constantly bloated, tired and had difficulty losing weight. A blood test, taken when I was 30, revealed gluten-intolerance. I was advised to avoid anything with gluten in for 12 weeks to see how I fared. I felt amazing at the end of it – my symptoms had really started to clear up, so I decided to stay gluten free.

“The first gulten free meal that made me feel good”

‘I had to change the way I ate completely. I didn’t want just to replace foods with gluten for gluten free versions. So I tried new grains, such as polenta and quinoa. The first meal I loved, and still eat a lot of today, is a quinoa salad with tomatoes, avocado and grilled halloumi – it’s quick, simple and healthy. I didn’t know a lot about quinoa before I tried it, just that it came from South America and was a good alternative to couscous. When I ate it, I felt full but not bloated, which made me really happy – I’d found something new that made me feel good. I now use it to make bread, porridge and as a side.

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We’re staying #Hotandhealthy in the August issue of healthy. This issue we’re talking about sex: from the results of our sex survey – and how to stay satisfied between the sheets – to our deliciously satisfying, sexy salads to sustain you while the sun shines. We explore how to put heart into mindfulness, brush up on how to really listen, and ask what’s the best age to live to? We have expert advice on how to look and feel your best, from ethical beauty buys through to help for allergies and strategies for backache. Plus, we examine whether splashing out on exercise gear equals a better workout?