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