Thursday 14 December 2017

'One glass of vino and I'm three sheets to the wind'

Health conscious: Anna McPartlin is the author of The Last Days of Rabbit Hayes
Health conscious: Anna McPartlin is the author of The Last Days of Rabbit Hayes

Edel Coffey

Novelist Anna McPartlin has yet to find a sport she likes, but luckily for her, she isn't a big snacker, and walking her dogs keeps her fit.

Do you consider yourself to have a healthy lifestyle?

Yes. My diet is fish and veg rich. I cook from scratch. I monitor my salt intake and, as I don't have much of a sweet tooth, I tend to favour savoury treats.

Do you exercise regularly?

I walk the dogs for approximately an hour a day.

Do you do it willingly or begrudgingly?

I love walking. Unfortunately, all other attempts to foster interest in sports, yoga or the gym have failed abysmally.

What time do you go to bed?

Approximately 10pm when I'm not working to a deadline. When I'm working, it could be four in the morning before I turn in.

What time do you get up in the morning?

I never close the curtains and have a big picture window in front of the bed, so I wake up between 5am and 8am, depending on how late I've worked the previous night.

What do you have for breakfast?

In the winter, a boiled egg, and in the summer, a fruit juice.


Usually soup.


Fish, veg, rice, pasta, salads.

Any snacks?

Not usually. I'm not really into snacking, especially when I'm working; I just don't see the time go by. If it wasn't for my husband, there would be evenings I'd forget to eat dinner.

Do you take any supplements?

I'm currently taking Fosfer and Pharmaton.

How much water do you drink?

Approximately seven to eight pints a day.

Do you have a skincare routine?

I rarely wear make-up, so I usually wash my face in the shower and apply moisturiser with a factor in it. When I do wear make-up, I use a cleanser. I never use toner. It dries out my face.

Any allergies?

I suffer from hay fever and with my sinuses, and I am allergic to dust mites.

Any vices?

I have great love for wine and cheese, although I don't indulge as much as I used to. One glass of vino and I'm three sheets to the wind. I lament the days I used to be the last man standing.

If I could change one thing about my lifestyle it would be …

I'd love to be excited by playing a sport or taking a class, but I am so ridiculously lazy, I fear I will be hobbyless until the day I die.

The Last Days Of Rabbit Hayes by Anna McPartlin is published by Transworld Ireland.

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