Me and my health: Carolyn Stewart on her lifestyle
The U105 presenter of Lunchtime Bistro, who lives in Bangor, has been a familiar voice on the airwaves here for over 20 years.
Q: Do you take regular exercise - and if so what?
A: Everyday I walk my two black labradors, Ella (named after singer Ella Fitzgerald) and Jackson (after Michael Jackson) on Ballyholme beach for about 45 minutes. If it wasn't for the dogs I wouldn't walk everyday - I would find a reason not to go. It clears my head in the morning before work. I've also been working out with a personal trainer for an hour twice a week for about three years now which is great for strength. It's all weight training, I don't do any cardio at all. Going to a PT motivates me on two levels - it is his livelihood and I don't want to let him down, and I know I will get a good workout. When I went to the gym myself I would spend an hour talking to people instead of training.
Q: What's the worst illness you have had?
A: Nothing. I have been very fortunate with my health. Recently I went to see a chiropractor because I found a lump on my back but it was a ganglion (a swelling of nerve fibres) which is harmless. When he looked at the questionnaire I had filled in before the examination he said 'you've got off light' - as nothing on the list of ailments they need to know about applied to me.
Q: How healthy is your diet?
A: Pretty good as I love to cook and prepare everything from scratch and actually want to launch my own food business. I start every day with eggs for breakfast, a salad with protein for lunch and a home-cooked dinner. I love Caribbean food like pickled vegetables.
Q: Any bad habits?
A: Eating too much popcorn and coleslaw. When I go shopping I buy coleslaw and promise myself to only eat a little but end up finishing the whole thing off in one go.
Q: Do you drink and/or smoke - if so, how much?
A: I do both nowadays, having given up smoking completely seven years ago relatively easily. I don't smoke at home but if I'm out with friends and they're having a cigarette, I will too. My favourite tipple is a good Spanish red wine and I've just started drinking gin having tried Jawbox gin with honeycomb. While I'm not a solo drinker I do enjoy a glass of wine with my dinner and when I'm out at the weekend.
Q: Do you take any health supplements?
A: Everyday I take 1,000 mg of vitamin C, omega 3, vitamin D, milk thistle, vitamin B and a relatively new supplement to Northern Ireland, Nubeet, which is a powdered form of beetroot. I've been taking this for about eight weeks now in hot water every morning to replace my morning coffee - it's great for energy.
Q: How do you take time out?
A: Gardening. I spend quite a lot of time out in the garden pruning things and tidying things up even in the winter. If I have something on my mind I go out into the garden... half an hour later whatever was worrying me is gone. Recently I got Netflix and I'm watching shows such as The Good Wife, Breaking Bad and Peaky Blinders - I find it's a good way to get into something else for an hour, clear your head and unwind.
Q: How well do you sleep?
A: I go out like a light. When I'm going away on holiday with friends I fall asleep on the plane before it has even taken off. I can sleep anywhere - as soon as I put my head down I'm out. I blame DJing for years on my ability to fall asleep quickly. When I was coming home about 3am I had to force myself to get to sleep otherwise I would be exhausted the next day.
Q: Do you worry about getting old?
A: No, I've always lived in the here and now, so I'm too busy to think about that.
Q: What is your go-to product or habit which keeps you feeling healthy?
A: Eating salads which I will crave if I don't have them.
- Carolyn Stewart hosts Lunchtime Bistro on U105 from 12noon to 3pm on weekdays.