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Friday 15 December 2017

My health

What was the last thing you had to eat?

Home-made butternut squash soup. I made it this morning before work and it was ready and waiting for me for my lunch.

Do you go to the gym or classes?

I go through phases of the gym and classes like spinning or weight resistance training. The one thing I never get bored with is running. I started running about 10 years ago and love it.

Do you take vitamins or supplements?

I take a fruit and vegetable wholefood supplement called Juice PLUS+, which I've been taking for about 15 years. It's the essence of 26 fruits, vegetables and berries in capsule form and gives you great nutrition in terms of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals.

What foods always go in your shopping trolley?

I shop every day and buy whatever I'm making for dinner that night. The daily staples are apples -- pink ladies are my favourite -- blueberries, broccoli, limes, assorted nuts, assorted cheese, brown bread, regular milk, sparkling water, extra virgin olive oil, chicken and fish.

Have you ever been in hospital?

Just when my son was born.

What was your worst illness?

I think the worst was a kidney infection that woke me up in the middle of the night with the pain. That was about nine years ago.

What is your favourite cure?

I'm a believer in prevention being better than cure. If I do feel a little niggle coming on, I'll drink more water, double up on my Juice PLUS+, maybe take some paracetamol or Ibuprofen and rest! Rest, rest, rest.

Would you get your five a day?

Probably more. I'm fortunate that I actually love fresh fruit and veg. I always try and add as much nutrition as possible to each meal, whether that is by having a side salad or extra veg.

What is your favourite meal to cook?

I recently went through a wild mushroom risotto phase. Right now, I'm loving curries and Thai stir-fries with loads of fresh lime, chilli, ginger and coriander. For a party, I always get asked for beef chilli with my special guacamole and pico de gallo (Mexican salsa).

Any vices? I adore my coffee. My friend bought me a coffee maker for Christmas and I asked her, 'Do you not think there's a good reason why I don't have a coffee maker??' But I'm actually very glad she got it for me.

Ever dieted?

When I was a model I had a very poor diet. My constant search for a diet pill or potion is what led me to becoming a nutritionist. There's no quick fix, I've discovered, and you have to fuel your body with proper nutrition and then work it.

Any family ailments?

My mother passed away in her fifties from a heart complaint so we're all very diligent when it comes to our health.

How many hours sleep do you get a night?

My friends laugh at me because they know that 9pm is my bed-time -- sometimes earlier! If I don't get a good night's sleep, as in a good eight hours, I'm no good to anyone.

Do you have any health goals?

Thankfully I'm pretty healthy. My GP actually describes me as disgustingly healthy, so as long as I stay the way I am, and keep on top of things, I'm good.

Do you smoke or have you ever smoked?

In my late teens/early 20s, I used to smoke socially but always got sore throats or chest infections and at the age of 24 developed asthma so that was that. I was lucky I never got addicted.

Choose one food to bring to a desert island with you...

I can't just choose one food! A never-ending supply of drinking water, fruit and nuts. These are the things that are always within arm's reach.

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