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Me and my health: TV's Catherine Morrison on her lifestyle

By Helen Carson

Published 23/02/2016

Sweet treats: chocolate is a temptation for Catherine Morrison
Sweet treats: chocolate is a temptation for Catherine Morrison

The 37-year-old is a reporter/presenter on BBC Newsline. She lives in south Belfast with her husband Maurice May, who is a producer for Panorama, and their two children Nicholas (6) and Clara (2).

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

A: I do yoga once a week and try to run two to three times a week. I had to give up my gym membership when the two children came along, as it was impossible to find the time. That's when I started running - it's free and all you need is a pair of trainers and some music to listen to. I used the Couch to 5k app and built up my fitness from there. I love putting the headphones on and getting out. My aim is to do a Parkrun as there is one at Ormeau Park - I would love to run a 5k.

Q: What's been your worst illness?

A: I have been really lucky with my health - I've never really had any serious illness, thank goodness. I did suffer from hyperemesis (severe morning sickness) when I was expecting Clara - at the same time as Kate Middleton when she was expecting George - and was hospitalised three times and put on a drip. As soon as I gave birth all the symptoms passed, so it was all worth it in the end.

Q: How healthy is your diet?

A: I try to get a good balance of fruit and vegetables every day, but it can be difficult when I am working a late shift until 11pm. As the day goes on and I start to flag that's when I reach for the chocolate and sugar. Since I became a mum, though, I am more conscious of what I eat, because I want my children to eat well, too. It's amazing what they will eat - we eat five avocados a week in our house and the kids love spiralized courgettes if I put pesto on them.

Q: Any bad habits?

A: I drink far too much coffee. When I am up at 5.15am and have to be ready to go on TV at 6.30am I will have, at least, three cups of coffee.

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

A: I don't smoke, but I like a nice glass of wine or Prosecco on a Friday or Saturday night. I keep it to two or three glasses and special occasions. When you have kids you could be up in the night if they are ill - so drinking too much is just a bad idea.

Q: Do you take health supplements?

A: I don't take any vitamins or supplements, as you get enough goodness from your diet if you are eating well. Unless my husband forces me to take Berocca (supplement containing a mix of high dose B vitamins and nutrients) as he believes it cures all ills - if you had a broken leg he'd recommend Berocca. I will admit, vitamin C does help my energy levels and immune system.

Q: How do you take time out?

A: When I go running - that is time for me and has as many mental as physical benefits. I can get out of the house and listen to music while I'm running - it's a real stress-buster. It can be difficult to get time to yourself as a working mum with two small children.

Q: How well do you sleep?

A: I sleep like a log if my children will let me. They can sleep through the night in their own beds or sometimes they end up in beside us. I like to get to bed as early as possible, so if the kids do come in I have had a bit of a head start.

Q: Do you worry about getting old?

A: No, not at all - I worry about getting sick or developing a terrible condition. I certainly don't worry about getting old - actually, I'm looking forward to it.

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

A: Drinking enough water to balance out the amount of coffee I drink.

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