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Me and my health: Miss NI Anna Henry on her lifestyle

 

By Helen Carson

The 22-year-old, who lives in Portglenone, is the current Miss Northern Ireland.

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

A: I have always exercised and enjoyed Crossfit, not just for exercise, I also loved the competitiveness of it too. Since being crowned Miss Northern Ireland, though, I don't have the same amount of time so I've started working out twice a week with a personal trainer at Think Fit on Belfast's Lisburn Road. The rest of the time I train on my own at the gym. I am one of those people who really enjoy exercising. I love it as it makes me feel good.

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

A: Fortunately I've never had any serious illness but I did have a very painful mouth infection earlier this year. I had to take a course of antibiotics and go to the dentist almost everyday for a few weeks, then a couple of days a week after that. I have never felt pain like it before in my life. My mouth was very swollen for a while - it was not a good look.

Q: How healthy is your diet?

A: Pretty good during the week, but I'm 22 years old and I like to enjoy going out for a meal with family and friends at the weekend, so I never embark on anything that is too restrictive. Breakfast is porridge with protein added and some berries. If I'm out and about with my Miss Northern Ireland duties I will pack a lunch which will be meat and salad, and snack on fruit, such as apples. Dinner is similar with more meat, veg, rice or a stir fry. I try to vary the foods to keep it interesting.

Q: Any bad habits?

A: Probably coffee - I love an Americano and I enjoy tea too. I tried to cut out caffeine quite recently, but I had a headache for nine days so I accept that I'm addicted. I love sitting down with a cup of tea and some rice cakes and peanut butter in the evening. At the weekend I will treat myself to a pizza or Chinese takeaway.

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

A: I don't smoke but I like a gin at the weekend. I will have a few drinks when I am out with friends, family or my boyfriend, Darragh Kavanagh, and his family. Alcohol helps you unwind at the weekend after a week of work.

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Busy schedule: Miss NI Anna Henry

Q: Do you take any health supplements?

A: Not at the moment. Previously I took a multi-vitamin, vitamin C and D but I don't have any deficiencies at the moment so I prefer to get all the nutrients I need from my food.

Q: How do you take time out?

A: I really enjoy just chilling out at home, going shopping or going out for a meal with my family.

Q: How well do you sleep?

A: Very well and I could sleep anywhere, anytime. My mum said from the first night she brought me home I slept for 10-11 hours, although I don't get a chance to do that very often now. If I don't have to get up for work or have my alarm clock set for something then I will sleep right through.

Q: Do you worry about getting old?

A: No, not at all. It doesn't concern me especially when I look at my mum and dad and see how happy they are. We should all make the most out of our lives whatever stage we're at and relish every moment.

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

A: Drinking water. I'm really busy now with my Miss Northern Ireland schedule and I know that when I don't drink enough water I can see it in my skin and feel tired and lethargic. Looking and feeling better doesn't have to cost a lot, simply drink more water.

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