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Celebrity Health Check: Darren Kennedy, TV presenter

How would you rate your energy levels?

Most days I'd say 10 out of 10. I'm always on the go with working between Ireland and London so I travel a lot.

Do you get your five a day?

I'd say on average I do, but there are days when I struggle to get my five a day. I'm actually lucky in that the foods I find most appealing tend to include lots of fresh veg so it never feels like a chore for me.

How would you rate your stress levels?

They vary, to be honest, some days are obviously more stressful than others. In general I'm quite good with my time management which really reduces my stress levels. I tend to be quite easy-going too, which helps.

How's your sleep?

Not as good as it used to be. Before, I'd literally be asleep within 2 to 3 minutes of my head hitting the pillow. Now, I find it takes a little longer, but, once I'm off, I'll sleep a good 7/8 hours.

Do you take vitamins/supplements?

I'd drink a protein shake after a gym workout and occasionally some Berocca.

Do you exercise?

I try to get to the gym 4/5 times a week where I'll work out for 35-45minutes. That said, there are weeks when I don't make it due to work commitments.

Do you cook from scratch?

Does porridge count? I'm guilty of not really cooking at all apart from the odd stir-fry or omelette. One of the good things to come out of the recession is the growth in really good quality, affordable restaurants that use lots of fresh ingredients. You can pretty much eat out for the same price as cooking from scratch and it's a lot less work.

How many alcoholic beverages would you consume in a week?

Some weeks I might not drink at all, other weeks I make up for it!

What would you find hard to give up?

Chocolate and ice-cream. If I have either in the house I have to finish them off or they'll play on my mind. Ridiculous but true.

Rate My Diet - What I ate today

Breakfast:

Two boiled eggs, banana, two cups of coffee and a bowl of porridge with honey.

Lunch:

Chicken Thai stir-fry with white rice.

Dinner:

Steak with pepper sauce, broccoli, spinach and a few chunky chips.

Snacks:

Half a honey and seed muffin.

Beverages:

Flat white x 2, Americano x 2, water.

Elsa's Verdict

Darren, I'd recommend that you reduce the coffee as four cups a day can wreak havoc on your nervous system as well as encouraging dehydration and inhibiting nutrient absorption. Consider alternating every second cup with a decaf or, better still, go for a herbal tea instead which will keep you hydrated.

I'd also recommend that you keep healthy snacks like nuts and fruit close to hand so you don't succumb to sweet treats like muffins when you're feeling peckish. Also, from what I can see, you appear to consume plenty of protein in your diet, so I don't see the need for additional protein in the form of protein shakes.


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