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Me and my health: Actor Conleth Kane on his lifestyle

 

By Helen Carson

The 33-year-old singer and actor is originally from Lurgan but now lives in London.

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

A: I exercise five times a week, three of those are spent doing Bikram yoga and the other two are body combat classes. I was always a fat kid at school and as a teen. I hated PE and back then I could never imagine enjoying keeping fit. Now, because I'm in the entertainment industry, there is a lot of pressure to look good. Doing yoga is one of my favourite things - if you can get through a session in a room at 45 degrees, you can handle anything.

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

A: About three years ago I had E. coli. I had just flown home from London and was doing an interview with Downtown Radio when I felt as if something wasn't right. When I got home my mum and my sister, who always accuse me of being a drama queen, told me to go to bed and take some painkillers. But two to three hours later I was doubled up in agony and vomiting - it was like childbirth. I was crying with the pain. It wasn't diagnosed straight away, so I was in hospital and put on a morphine drip and had tests for a few days until I felt better. It was only when my mum called me four weeks later and said men in protective clothing had called at her house and told them I had E. coli. I still don't know what caused it - either a meal I had at a restaurant in London or something I ate when I was home.

Q: How healthy is your diet?

A: Very healthy. I start every day with three Weetabix (right) with coconut milk and probably tea. Lunch is just an egg sandwich with an apple and sparkling water, then I will have more carbs for dinner, such as wholegrain pasta with pesto, chicken and tomatoes.

Q: Any bad habits?

A: Drinking a lot of tea, I think it's a Northern Irish thing. When I was home recently my mum asked my nephew did he want tea - he's three, so I have probably been drinking it since I was two. A cafe I go to regularly in London serves lovely tea, and I discovered it is Suki tea from Belfast.

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

A: I don't smoke and didn't have my first drink until I was 22. I'm partial to white wine but in December tried red for the first time so now my favourite is Cabernet Sauvignon.

Q: Do you take any health supplements?

A: Polson 100% organic protein bars which are sugar free. I used to drink lots of orange juice because I thought it was good for me. But then I found out it can have up to eight grams of sugar added.

Q: How do you take time out?

A: Yoga is my me time - no phone, no work, no family or friends. It is 90 minutes to focus on nothing. As well as the physical benefits, it good for your mental health too.

Q: How well do you sleep?

A: Not particularly well. While I have no problem getting to sleep, I will wake up at different times during the night and look at the clock - usually around 3am, then it's 4.30am. I go to bed around midnight and I'm up at 7.30am. I love getting up early even at weekends - 8am would be late for me. I just don't want to waste the morning.

Q: Do you worry about getting old?

A: No, I'm embracing growing old. I was concerned a while back because my hair was thinning, but now I'm loving the skin head look and I'm growing a beard. When I look back at my life, my 20s were experimental years, but when you get into your 30s and 40s you know who you are and what you want.

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

A: Drinking water. I drink about two to three litres of water a day. It's important when I work out because if I'm not hydrated I won't have a good class. I like sparkling water and carry some with me.

  • Conleth's single I Wonder is available to buy on iTunes

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