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my health

Tina Murphy (36) is fitness instructor (Run with Tina) and lives in Ballsbridge.

What was the last thing you ate?

I had some toasted spelt bread.

Do you go to the gym or classes?

Yes. I'm lucky that my job involves running so I run most days with my classes and clients. When I have time I go to the gym or for a swim. I do yoga five times a week at home and I cycle.

Do you take vitamins or supplements?

I try to get all my vitamins from food but I do take supplements when I need a boost. At the moment, I'm taking a wheat grass juice shot every day.

What foods always go in your shopping trolley?

Lots of fresh vegetables and fruit, some frozen veg and berries, natural yoghurt, lots of fish, herbs, different beans and pulses, The Happy Pear pesto, spelt pasta and bread, almond butter, eggs, tinned tomatoes, soya milk and goats' milk.

Have you ever been in hospital?

Only when I had my daughter.

What was your worst illness?

I have an autoimmune disorder called Hashimoto's Thyroiditis which means my thyroid isn't functioning well. Before I was diagnosed I was very sick for months. I had no energy, my hair started falling out, my short-term memory was very poor, I put on a lot of weight, my joints were aching, I couldn't hear well and I even had trouble speaking.

What is your favourite cure?

Garlic. I know it sounds yucky but it's a natural antibiotic, so if I ever feel like I'm coming down with something I take some raw garlic.

Do you get your five a day?

Yes, I probably get twice that. I always eat a lot of vegetables, a little fruit and I make some really nice green smoothies and juices.

Any vices?

Coffee. I'd never give up coffee.

What is your favourite meal to cook?

Anything quick and easy, like fish with a bit of pesto.

Ever dieted?

Yes. Because of my thyroid disorder I put on weight easily. I find the best way to lose weight is to avoid sugar, wheat and all processed foods. I do a 10-day detox with Jett at Pilates Plus/Qi Rooms (www.pilatesplusdublin.ie) regularly, too.

Any family ailments?

Luckily, no.

How many hours sleep do you get?

I have a teething toddler so not enough. I think I get about six hours a night, but I really need eight hours.

Do you have any health goals?

At the moment my goal is to get my daughter used to a healthy diet and active lifestyle. I think the only way to do this is through leading by example.

Do you smoke or have you ever smoked?

Yes, I used to smoke in my 20s.

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