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Me and my health: Angeline Murphy discusses her lifestyle

 

By Helen Carson

The 31-year-old part-time dress-maker, who appeared on The Great British Sewing Bee, is a full-time marketing manager at an energy company. She lives in Magheralin with husband Feargal and their 12-week-old son, Luke.

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

A: Since I had Luke 12 weeks ago, walking is my main form of exercise as he doesn't sleep too much at the minute. Before I became a mum exercise had always been a big part of my life and I've run eight marathons in eight years, including Belfast twice, Berlin and London. My first big physical challenge was climbing the highest altitude mountain in Europe, Mount Elbrus. I heard about it on the radio and, as I was unhappy at the time, decided to do it. Before that I couldn't run 5k. The experience changed me and I've done Crossfit challenges and enjoy the gym ever since.

Q: What's the worst illness you've had?

A: I'm been really fortunate in that I've never been really ill - I've never had the flu. But having to be hospitalised when I took an infection after having an emergency Caesarean section when I had Luke was the worst. He got it too so we were both bedridden for about a week.

Q: How healthy is your diet?

A: Since I started breast-feeding, Luke I have gone dairy-free as he developed rashes and it was discovered he is allergic to dairy. Before I loved milk, yoghurt and cheese - they were my favourite foods. But now I cook all our food from scratch as ready meals can have milk added in some cases. Now, I feel so much more healthy. Breakfast is porridge with soya or oat milk, with salad for lunch and chicken or sirloin steaks with boiled potatoes for dinner. I don't buy any sauces in jars now in case they contain milk.

Q: Any bad habits?

A: I love sweets... too many of them. Haribos are my favourite. I have such a sweet tooth. I also eat Oreos as they don't have any milk in them. Because I don't have dairy now, when I find something I can eat I tend to fill up on it.

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

A: I don't smoke but have an occasional glass of red wine although I can't do that at the minute as I'm feeding Luke. But I do enjoy sitting down to dinner with some nice wine.

Q: Do you take any health supplements?

A: A daily multivitamin, vitamin D, which so many people here are deficient in. I started taking Omega 3 fish oils and cod liver oil when I started running as it is so good for your joints.

Q: How do you take time out?

A: I love to sew, it is my hobby, and since I appeared on The Great British Sewing Bee more people are coming to me to design and make things for them. I have my own sewing room and that is where I get some me-time. It is my space to create in. I teach sewing too. The message I want to get out there, particularly to young women, is that sewing is not about making clothes that are old fashioned, or something your granny would've worn. Dress-making enables you to design and create glamorous outfits that can be sexy. I write a blog and so much has happened for me since appearing on the BBC2 show. Feargal and I moved house, we had a baby, and I am building up my design business.

Q: How well do you sleep?

A: Usually very well, but I'm not getting much sleep with Luke. I'm lucky just to grab four hours most nights.

Q: Do you worry about getting old?

A: If you do enough in your life each year, then you shouldn't worry about getting old. It is about making the most of the time that we have every year. I love to set myself goals and when I achieve them it is so satisfying.

Q: What it your go-to product or habit that keeps you feeling healthy?

A: Getting outdoors in the fresh air. Whether it's getting outside for a walk, a run or shopping - you always feel better afterwards. As a new mum, being with a baby all day can consume you so there is nothing better than getting out into the fresh air.

  • Angeline runs her own sewing academy. Visit angelinemurphy.com/sewing-academy for more details

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