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Celebrity Health Check: Neven Maguire, chef and restaurant owner

Do you have any ailments/health concerns?

Thankfully, I am fighting fit. I do a good work-out three or four times a week.

How would you rate your energy levels?

My schedule is chock-a-block, but as I enjoy all elements of what I do, I find I'm constantly energised and ready to go.

Do you get your five a day?

We have 16-month-old twins, so I am doing a lot more family cooking than I ever did before. They eat most of the same things as us already and we have a very varied family diet, so, yes we all get our five a day.

How would you rate your stress levels?

The only thing that stresses me is when there simply isn't enough time to get everything done and I don't want to let anyone down. But I have a great team around me, which makes a huge difference. I'm not one for shouting in the restaurant kitchen. It wouldn't work for me, or the people who work with me.

How's your sleep?

Couldn't be better; I don't need a lot of sleep and, thankfully, I've never had trouble sleeping

Do you exercise?

I am training for a 10k run to raise funds for the hospice in North Leitrim. I run four to five miles, it's a great time to think.

Do you cook from scratch?

I cook simply at home with fresh and seasonal ingredients. At the moment. I'm trying out lots of practical family and toddler recipes from the First 1,000 Days recipe book, which I launched as part of the First 1,000 Days movement, led by Danone Baby Nutrition. It aims to raise awareness around the importance of nutrition in the first 1,000 days of a child's life – a topic I'm really interested in as a dad of young kids.

How many alcoholic beverages would you consume in a week?

I am not a big drinker. I enjoy wine with meals, but I would hardly ever go over the two or three glasses.

What would you find hard to give up?

Going out to good restaurants.

Do you have any health goals?

Just to keep reasonably fit and not put on weight.

Rate My Diet:

What I ate today:

Breakfast: Porridge with honey.

Lunch: A ham and cheese wrap with relish and salad.

Dinner: A barbecue for the family and my sister.

Snacks: A few scoops of vanilla ice cream, which I love.

Beverages: Loads of water, five coffees, three teas, I didn't drink any alcohol.

Elsa's Verdict

Neven, I'd recommend you add mixed berries to your porridge which would give you a nice vitamin hit in the mornings. Regarding your lunchtime sandwich, chicken or tuna would provide better quality protein than cheese or ham and I'd recommend that you reduce the teas and coffees which can inhibit nutrient absorption – start by alternating every second cup with a herbal option, such as Rooibos tea.

For more information see www.first1000days.ie


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