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Me and my health: Emma Fitzpatrick on her lifestyle

By Helen Carson

The single 38-year-old Cool FM presenter lives in Belfast.

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

A: I was training twice a week until recently with one of the Belfast Giants, Colin Shields, who runs his own fitness studio in Dundonald. But I've had to put that on hold, as I had a nasty fall recently and hit my head. Since then I've been suffering from headaches, so I'm hoping to get back to the gym in another week.

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

A: Thankfully, I've never been seriously ill, just the usual flu and colds.

Q: How healthy is your diet?

A: Pretty good, as I don't eat any processed foods at all; everything I eat is cooked from scratch, with plenty of fruit and vegetables. As an occasional treat I will have a pizza or a takeaway. Breakfast is usually porridge, with fruit or eggs. When I was training it was omelettes for breakfast, as they are full of protein. I always have a salad for lunch with chicken or tuna and eat a lot of fish for dinner. Salmon is rarely off the menu in my house, as well as dishes like chilli, spaghetti bolognese or shepherd's pie. I'm using lots of recipes from a Slimming World cook book which are all low in sugar and fat.

Q: Any bad habits?

A: Apart from enjoying a glass of red wine, not really. I don't even like eating chocolate, so I should be skinnier than I am. Crisps and junk food are just not part of my diet at all.

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

A: I will have a glass of red wine at the weekend, but even then I will go out one night and stay in the other, unless friends are visiting and want to go out. I stopped smoking five years ago having smoked like a train. I would've stood outside all night with the smokers talking - I think I enjoyed the craic better, but then I knew I had to stop. I was prescribed tablets by the doctor to help me quit. They worked by making smoking so unpleasant you never wanted to light up again.

Q: Do you take any health supplements?

A: Multi-vitamins and vitamin C mostly. But my new secret weapon is magnesium, which I started to take when I was training because it is supposed to be good for recovery after exercising. The tablets also help you sleep, which is great. I would take one before I go to bed and they knock me out.

Q: How do you take time out?

A: Not much at the minute, as I am flat out with work and Belsonic is on, too. However, I am definitely planning to book a two week holiday very soon, probably to Greece or Corfu. When I go away I like to explore my surroundings, as well as chill out on the beach.

Q: How well do you sleep?

A: I tend to sit up very late watching TV for hours and it's usually either horror films or a documentary on aliens. I will only go to bed when I am literally falling over with tiredness.

Q: Do you worry about getting old?

A: Not really; if you reach old age then you are lucky, as some people never do. I worry about looking old, but it comes to all of us. I haven't made up my mind whether I would use Botox or not, it depends on whether I feel I need it. My mum still looks very young, so hopefully I will take after her.

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

A: Drinking water - I will drink at least two litres of water every day, and always have it with me. I have recently starting drinking aloe vera juice, too, as it is supposed to be very good for hydration and I always have Berocca, which is great for a boost when you are feeling run down.

  • You can hear Emma Fitzpatrick on Cool FM weekdays from 1pm

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