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Cool FM presenter Paulo Ross: 'I'll be having my frozen yoghurt on Saturday when my mates are drinking'

Me and my health

Published 10/11/2015

Travelling man: presenter Paulo Ross
Travelling man: presenter Paulo Ross

The Cool FM presenter (25) lives in south Belfast. The currently single broadcaster presents the breakfast, weekend and sports slots for the radio station.

Q: Do you take regular exercise - and if so what?

A: I try to do an hour at the gym twice a week and when I'm not working I like to walk my dog, Oscar, who is a toy poodle. We often go for walks along the Lagan Towpath and I also like the Divis Walk past Black Mountain. We get out as often as the weather permits - which is not very much at the minute. I can walk for miles so I do sometimes feel a bit sorry for Oscar as he is only a small dog.

Q: What's been the worst illness you have had?

A: When I was at university in Liverpool, I suffered with a really sore stomach, and the pain went on for the whole time I was there. I was admitted to hospital, but they couldn't find out what was causing it. As soon as I left university it went away, so I think it was stress related. The stress of being away from home and living in a new city may have caused it.

Q: How healthy is your diet?

A: I try my best to eat well during the week and keep away from the chocolate and crisps, so that on Saturday and Sunday I can enjoy a few treats. On weekdays I usually eat a bowl of porridge or poached eggs for breakfast and have lots of vegetables, such as asparagus or sweet potatoes, for dinner. I definitely have cheat days at the weekend, though, and will enjoy some KitKats and a big bag of popcorn at the cinema.

Q: Any bad habits?

A: I try not to skip breakfast, but sometimes if I am having a very busy morning at work, especially on the breakfast show, this can happen. I am up at 5.30 in the morning and it's not always easy to get poached eggs so early. If I don't get breakfast it can be six hours later before I will get something to eat which I know is really bad as meals should be eaten at regular times. I work up to 50 hours a week so sometimes it is a case of just getting the porridge down me in the morning.

Q: Do you drink or smoke - and if so how much?

A: I'm actually quite restrained for a 25-year-old in that I only drink about once a month. Even then it will be at a party or a special occasion. The guys here at Cool FM are always slagging me off about it - I will be having my frozen yoghurt on a Saturday night when they are out drinking Prosecco. I don't smoke, although I did try it once when I was very young and thought it was cool and was trying to impress other kids. Thankfully I never formed an attachment to smoking.

Q: Do you take health supplements?

A: I used to until I read in a newspaper that you don't actually need them if you have a balanced diet. Taking too many vitamins is also meant to be bad for you, and I haven't noticed any difference since I stopped taking them.

Q: How do you take time out?

A: I love travelling and I save up my time and money so I can go away a few times a year. I am just back from Dubai and am heading to Australia at Christmas. Walking the dog is also a good way to take your mind off things.

Q: How well do you sleep?

A: I don't get enough sleep - it is a big downfall of mine. I am up at 5.30am and get five to six hours of sleep at the most. I do make up for it at the weekend though with a 13-hour sleep on Friday. I feel as though I am missing something when I go to bed early. I am a massive Game of Thrones fan so I will binge on box sets of that and Breaking Bad - before you know it, it's 1am.

Q: Do you worry about getting old?

A: Yes because I want to stay the age I am now, but unfortunately life doesn't work like that. I haven't really given it serious thought yet as I am 25, maybe when I am 30 or 35 I'll be more bothered about it. I'm starting to go bald at quite a young age so I might not have any hair left by the time I'm 30. I used to think guys like Wayne Rooney were mad getting hair transplants, but now that it is affecting me, I wouldn't rule it out.

Q: What is your go-to product/habit that keeps you feeling healthy?

A: Coffee - it makes me feel energised. When it gets to 2pm in the day and I have been working since very early in the morning, I will have that energy crash, so I love a good strong espresso. It gives me another lease of life and I can keep going for another two hours.

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