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CELEBRITY HEALTH CHECK: sarina bellissimo, presenter and film critic

Do you have any ailments/health concerns?

I'm a coeliac and my iron levels are often very low

How would you rate your energy levels?

My energy levels are up and down all day, but I always get a second wind at night time, which means that I do a lot of my work then or end up watching bad TV and not getting to bed until midnight.

Do you get your five a day?

I try, but don't succeed every day. I am good at getting my fruit intake in.

How would you rate your stress levels?

My stress levels are quite good. I seem to work best when I am under pressure.

How's your sleep?

I can't remember the last time I had an uninterrupted night's sleep. I have a toddler who likes to wake in the middle of the night. I should be going to bed earlier to ensure that I get more sleep but I'm finding it hard to get into that routine.

Do you exercise?

Yes, although I would like to get more in. At the moment my exercise is incidental exercise. By that I mean that I walk in and out of work and to and from film screenings. This adds up to anywhere between 60-90 minutes day.

Do you cook from scratch?

Yes. Cooking is not my favourite thing to do and I am not great at it, but I have a few regular dishes that always involve using fresh ingredients

How many alcoholic beverages would you consume in a week?

I don't really drink much during the week. I may have a couple of glasses of red wine on a Friday night and a couple of drinks at the weekend.

What would you find hard to give up?

I have developed a chocolate addiction. All of a sudden it's a necessity to

have some chocolate every day. My goal for 2013 is to reduce this to an occasional treat food i.e. not a necessity!

Do you have any health goals?

I'd love to lose a few pounds this year and also learn to eat healthier -- without always relying on carbs to get my fill.

Rate My Diet:

What I Ate Today

Breakfast: Gluten-free Corn Flakes with mixed seeds and 1 teaspoon of chocolate Quick (I hate the taste of milk)

Lunch: Tuna, salad & swiss cheese melt on brown gluten free bread.

Dinner: Baked salmon with roasted potatoes & veggies with a spinach salad

Snacks: Apple, banana, corn and multigrain rice crackers, six cubes of chocolate

Beverages: Lemon and Echinacea green tea, water

Elsa's Verdict:

Sarina, your fruit and vegetable intake is good but I think you would benefit from making a few tweaks to your diet.

For breakfast, I'd suggest that you try either gluten-free porridge or gluten-free muesli, which would give you a much steadier release of energy throughout the morning as well as providing protein and fibre. As an alternative to cow's milk, you could try oat or almond milk -- all of the above can be found in health stores. I'd also recommend that you experiment with vegetable sources of protein, such as beans, lentil, nuts and seeds.

Eating more of these would make you less reliant on the carbohydrates and would also provide a good source of iron. See my website for recipe ideas.

To help curb the chocolate habit, I'd recommend you switch to 70pc cocoa dark chocolate, which contains considerably less sugar.

Sarina presents Plan B on Spin 1038, Saturdays, at 12.45pm