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Me and my health

MICHAEL English, personal trainer

What was the last thing you ate?

It was a choice between a Big Mac meal or spicy chicken with green vegetables. I went with the latter as it's only a fraction of the calories!

Do you go to the gym or classes?

As a personal trainer, my work involves teaching spinning, Bodypump, Pilates and tummy-toning classes, to name but a few. I supplement all that with one hour of my own cardio and weight-training on the gym floor every day.

Do you take vitamins or supplements?

I much prefer to get my vitamins and minerals from my own healthy eating plan. That said, I do keep some multi-vitamin and protein supplements in the gym locker for when I feel I need them.

What foods always go in your shopping trolley?

Free-range eggs and lean skinless chicken fillets with plenty of green veg and some brazil and almond nuts. My treat would be a bar of Cadbury's Bournville.

Have you ever been in hospital?

As a qualified physical therapist, I volunteer at a local hospital to help out as much as I can. Thankfully nothing more sinister than that!

What was your worst illness?

Three years ago I was a day away from being hospitalised with pneumonia. I also had bronchitis as a young child. Your health really is your wealth.

What is your favourite cure?

I have the worst sweet tooth ever, so I try to cure any sugar cravings with cinnamon in food and drinks like porridge and coffee, otherwise I think the Michelin man would have a twin!

Would you get your five a day?

Yes, a frozen bag of mixed veg comes in really handy for this. I also like to eat stews or soups when coming home late from the gym and smoothies are great for keeping my energy up.

What is your favourite meal to cook?

I eat to fuel so rustling up a quick mixed-veg omelette with side salad is very satisfying and rewarding.

Any vices?

Caffeine. I drink copious amounts daily. It's easy being a pioneer, but don't expect me to give up my Nescafe Gold Blend anytime soon.

Ever dieted?

I have road-tested several over the years, but have come to the conclusion that they only work while you are on them. In my professional opinion some of the diets I've come across potentially do more damage than good to the body as you lose weight.

Any family ailments?

Just a dry sense of humour!

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