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'I do love Cadbury's chocolate but you can't get it in the US'

Stephanie Meadow

By Helen Carson

Professional golfer Stephanie Meadow (25), who was born in Jordanstown but now lives in South Carolina, America, gained her LPGA Tour card last year and was third in the US Women's Open in 2014

Do you take regular exercise - and if so what?

I train four to five times a week which involves a mix of weights and cardio. Twice a month I do sprints to help with mobility and strength. My trainer is based in Arizona, so I pretty much work out on my own at a gym, usually hotel gyms as I tour a lot, following the programmes he has devised for me.

What's the worst illness you've had?

A bout of glandular fever when I was 16 which was awful and quite painful. I was off school for about a month but it takes everything out of you and I wasn't able to move. It was another couple of weeks before I completely recovered.

How healthy is your diet? Pretty good but I'm trying to eat more vegetables and I only eat healthy carbs like sweet potatoes. A cup of coffee is the first thing I take in the morning and breakfast is porridge with fruit, a smoothie or eggs and turkey bacon for a treat. If I'm on the go, I have a green smoothie which has protein powder, spinach and peanut butter in it - which doesn't sound nice but is. Even my mum, Louise, drinks it - the sweetness of the peanut butter masks the taste of the spinach.

Any bad habits?

Definitely chocolate but I don't eat it too much in America. I love Cadbury's chocolate and bars of Galaxy so there is little chance of me seeing that here. I don't like Hershey's chocolate - it just doesn't taste the same. I also had to stop having Starbucks Chi tea latte when I discovered it contained 34 grams of sugar.

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

I don't smoke and rarely drink especially during the golfing season. I'm pretty strict and don't have a glass of wine with dinner as it affects your performance, even one puts me on edge.

Do you take any health supplements?

Vitamin D and fish oils for Omega 3 and 6.

How do you take time out?

Taking my two-year-old golden retriever Max for walks when I'm home at my mum's house (South Carolina). He lives with my mum and doesn't travel with me, but if I'm playing a tournament on the east coast my mum will drive up and bring him along. So he gets to see me play about four to five times a year. When I Facetime my mum I try to talk to him, but he doesn't like it. I also have a good group of friends who I like to hang out with and visit my cousin when I'm off. She has a very energetic two-year-old daughter who is great fun - she has even learned some golf terms from me.

How well do you sleep?

I sleep well and try to get eight hours every night. I go to bed at 10pm and I'm up at 6am as I like to get to the gym early when it is quiet and miss the morning rush.

Do you worry about getting old?

I feel old - turning 25 was rough, although I look young and every time I go into a bar in America I get asked for identification.

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

I take a foam roller with me when I'm travelling to help my muscles after a gym session. It's a specific kind as it relieves the pain by the next day.

LPGA tour professional and Irish Olympic golfer Stephanie Meadow recently helped launch the Ballygowan Gold campaign supporting Marie Curie. A donation for every bottle sold will help raise much needed funds to support increased cancer and other terminal illness awareness and to fund vital support services

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