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Me and my health: Sacha Livingstone on her lifestyle

Published 09/08/2016

Sacha Livingstone
Sacha Livingstone

The 21-year-old from Hillsborough is the reigning Miss Ireland. She is studying English Literature at Ulster University.

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

A: I hate the gym. I cannot bear the thought of confining myself indoors to exercise. It seems so unnatural to me as I've grown up hiking in the Mourne mountains or going for walks on the beach. I love taking my dogs for a walk around Hillsborough forest or going down to Helen's Bay. I think being outside is much more therapeutic. In the summer I do try to run, but in the winter I tend to go on a good hike in instead. When I come home I do some outdoor circuits - weights and squats in the garden. You don't need to spend money on a gym membership, just buy some free weights for the house.

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

A: I used to horse ride a lot so I've had about seven or eight broken bones. My foot was crushed once when a horse stood on it. I also fractured my arm in two places when I got thrown from a horse. And I cracked my hip when I was younger - I was playing in the garden and I crashed into a wall. I sound really fragile, but I've just been unlucky as I was awkward as a child. In terms of illnesses I'm very susceptible to tonsillitis - I get it about three times a year.

Q: How healthy is your diet?

A: It's extremely healthy, I'm a pescatarian, so I only eat fish and no meat. Growing up in the countryside I'd see sheep and cows in the fields one day, then they'd be gone the next. When I asked what had happened to them I couldn't bear the thought of eating meat. To make sure I get enough protein in my diet for dinner I'll have salmon and a huge platter of roast vegetables. I still eat pizza and junk food as well - I've a fast metabolism so I have never had to worry about my weight.

Q: Any bad habits?

A: I'm not really a chocolate person, but I'm absolutely addicted to crisps. I also drink six cups of coffee a day.

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

A: I do drink when I'm out with my friends at the weekends, but I don't get absolutely hammered. I have a reputation to uphold and I'm very careful about that. I don't really drink much during the week either. I'm a student but I like a cocktail if I can afford it. Sometimes, however, the budget only allows for a rum and Coke.

Q: Do you take any health supplements?

A: In the past I've taken cod liver oil and fish oils but I didn't notice much of a difference. I've always had a good diet and I believe if you have that then you don't need to take anything. My dad has always taught me that herbs and spices are good for you. I try and have turmeric in my food every day because it's supposed to ward off cancers and bowel disease. I've seen some people use it as a face mask on YouTube, though that's not the best idea as it can dye your skin orange.

Q: How do you take time out?

A: Walking my two dogs. I also like watching movies - you can't beat Netflix and a pizza. And I spend a lot of time reading for my degree.

Q: How well do you sleep?

A: Really well - I'm not happy if I don't get 10 hours a night. I don't always go to sleep straight away, however, I can stay up to all hours just playing with my phone.

Q: Do you worry about getting old?

A: I've never actually thought about it. A lot of my friends do Botox and have lip fillers to stay as young as possible, but I'm a very natural person and I don't want to look plastic.

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

A: Water is vital for me as I have hormonal acne, so I drink lots of it to try to keep my skin clear. My hero product is coconut oil. You can eat it, put it in your hair or use it as a moisturiser - it is a great multi-tasker.

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