Celebrity Health Check: Lucy Kennedy
The TV presenter on her passion for salad...
Do you have any ailments/health concerns?
I suffer from lower back pain when I'm tired or have had a long day. I think it could be from carrying two large babies.
How would you rate your energy levels?
My energy levels are average. I'm quite an active person, so I give a lot and use a lot of energy when doing anything, usually talking!
Do you get your five a day?
Yes I do. I love salad, veg and fruit. In fact there is nothing that I don't eat. I could live on salad.
How would you rate your stress levels?
My stress levels are probably above average. Because I'm a working mum of two, I do spend a lot of time running around and multi-tasking.
How's your sleep?
I sleep well but having a small baby, my sleep can be broken some nights which is tiring.
Do you take vitamins/supplements?
Yes, every morning I take Ferrograd C because I am mildly anaemic and I take Pharmaton which I swear by.
Do you exercise?
Yes. I really enjoy walking. I'm also obsessed with yoga and attend a class every Tuesday with Jan Duffy.
Do you cook from scratch?
Not always but at the weekends, I turn into Delia.
How many alcoholic beverages would you consume in a week?
I don't really drink during the week so at the weekend I would have roughly five glasses of red wine or three or four vodkas with diet coke if I'm out.
What would you find hard to give up?
Sugar, mayonnaise (I put it on everything), chocolate, red wine, cheese and onion crisps, tea, coffee. I could go on for ever.
Do you have any health goals?
Yes. I would like to get fit and run without panting and making a fool of myself.
Rate My Diet...
What I ate today:
Breakfast: Bowl of porridge.
Lunch: Pitta bread with egg mayonnaise and lettuce.
Dinner: Homemade cottage pie and peas.
Snacks: Banana, mini Flake.
Beverages: Tea, coffee, Diet Coke, water and Ribena
Lucy, I'd recommend that you get your iron levels tested on a regular basis so as to avoid the risk of over supplementing with iron. Try Iron Bysglinate (from health stores) it's one of the most absorbable forms of iron and i s non-constipating. Red meat twice per week will help along with beans, lentils, nuts, seeds and green leafy vegetables. Also, tea, coffee and cola taken with meals can inhibit iron absorption so make sure to avoid these for an hour either side of meal times.
Original source The Herald