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Bri­tish cook­ery writer and TV star Na­dia Sawalha is back for more with her Greedy Girl’s Diet: Sec­ond Help­ings!

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The thought of turn­ing 50 might lead many women to ex­pe­ri­ence a midlife cri­sis, eat too much com­fort food and have a fear of hot flushes – but it doesn’t worry bub­bly TV pre­sen­ter and for­mer Celebrity Masterchef win­ner Na­dia Sawalha.

In fact, she’s pos­i­tively look­ing for­ward to reach­ing the mile­stone.

“I’m ex­cited about be­ing 50,” she re­veals. “I dreaded 50 in my teens and my twen­ties, but now I feel I’ve got an­other whole life­time to lead.”

It wasn’t all plain sail­ing dur­ing her younger years. Na­dia faced trau­mas, in­clud­ing three mis­car­riages, body im­age is­sues and a short-lived first mar­riage – but now her smile is broader than ever as she looks to the fu­ture.

With a thriv­ing ca­reer as a reg­u­lar pre­sen­ter on pop­u­lar Bri­tish TV pro­grammes in­clud­ing ITV’s Lor­raine and Sun­day Scoop, plus sev­eral food col­umns and the re­lease of her lat­est book Greedy Girl’s Diet Sec­ond Help­ings!, the world’s cur­rently her oys­ter.

She’s not sure yet how she’s go­ing to cel­e­brate her birth­day with her hus­band, tele­vi­sion pro­ducer Mark Ad­der­ley, and their two daugh­ters Maddy, 11, and six-year-old Kiki, plus two older step­daugh­ters. The big day isn’t un­til Novem­ber but she’s al­ready ex­plor­ing her op­tions.

“I haven’t had a birth­day party for 30 years, so I’m se­ri­ously con­sid­er­ing hav­ing a big party with amaz­ing food, fire-eaters and belly dancers, but then I might chicken out, be­cause what if people don’t turn up? I’d be so em­bar­rassed and mor­ti­fied.

“I’m think­ing of send­ing out the in­vi­ta­tions now, so there’s no time to chicken out,” she says. “Or I might just go off with my hus­band and the girls to some­where gor­geous.”

She says she’s not wor­ried about age­ing – be­cause she can live

Na­dia Sawalha’s new diet book is packed with guilt-free good­ies

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