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Me and my health: TV's Claire McCollum on her lifestyle

Published 08/12/2015

Claire McCollum
Claire McCollum
Claire McCollum with David Healy at the Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards in 2014

The 41-year-old TV presenter lives in Greenisland with her husband Alastair and their two children Samuel (9) and Rose (7). She will co-host the Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards in January and is involved with the BBC's Sports Personality of the Year event.

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

A: I run two to three times a week usually after I do the school run and on Saturday after I drop my daughter Rosa off at football. Running clears my head and sets me up for the week. I enjoy the feeling of freedom running gives me - I'm doing something for myself. I usually run about three miles and don't have any ambitions to run a marathon - although if I did it would be the New York marathon.

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

A: I haven't had any major illnesses. I did suffer from really dreadful morning sickness when I was expecting Rosa. I had to be hospitalised and was off work for two months, but at the same time I knew it would go when my baby was born and that I would have her at the end of it all.

Q: How healthy is your diet?

A: I like to cook from scratch especially when I am feeding my children. I love my treats, too, like fish and chips, but there is nothing better than knowing you are feeding your family well. I love cooking and I watch all the foodie TV shows and trying out new recipes especially with fish. Yet when I was a child I was a notoriously fussy eater - it was a standing joke with my family that I just wouldn't try anything.

Q: Any bad habits?

A: I have had to cut down on caffeine as it just doesn't agree with me. Now I will have a half shot when I meet anyone for coffee. I don't really have a sweet tooth but I love crisps - I'm not fussy on which flavour, shape or size they are - I just love them, they are all too good.

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

A: I enjoy a glass of wine, that is about it. Maybe a wee beer but not often.

Q: Do you take any health supplements?

A: Alastair and I sometimes take multi-vitamins in the morning. I thought it would be a good idea as we are so busy with work and raising our children. Recently, though, I had felt nauseous after taking them and was told it was maybe because I don't need them. I'm getting enough nutrients from my diet.

Q: How do you take time out?

A: Time for me is running or chilling out on my own or with my family. I also like box sets, having just discovered the series Scandal quite recently and have watched all four series back-to-back. Now it is on TV and I have to wait until the next week to see another episode. I love my quiet time too - just relaxing with the feet up - it is not rock 'n' roll but it works for me.

Q: How well do you sleep?

A: Usually I sleep very well but we are moving house at the minute so my mind has been full of that. I keep thinking 'where am I going to put the sofa' in our new home - and then I wake up. I don't think it's worry, I'm just excited about it. Sometimes I am called into work very early or very late, but that is the job - it is not nine to five - and I enjoy what I do, so it's no problem.

Q: Do you worry about getting old?

A: There is no time to worry about getting old. A lot of people worry about ageing but I have never been behind the door about talking about age as so many people don't get to be my age. I try my best to make the most of what time I have.

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

A: If I am ever feeling tired the first thing I will do is drink water and it peps me up straight away. I will always have a bottle of water in my bag and it makes me feel clean and it is healthy so why not? I have never been one for fizzy drinks, it has always been water. It makes me feel awake.

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