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Me and My Health: Presenter Caoimhe Ní Chathail on her lifestyle


Presenter: Caoimhe Ni Chathail

Presenter: Caoimhe Ni Chathail

Presenter: Caoimhe Ni Chathail

Caoimhe (26) presents Blas on BBC Radio Ulster every Thursday evening. On February 1 she will also present Croi na Ceiste le Caoimhe, a new BBC Two Northern Ireland documentary looking at the use of non-surgical cosmetic treatments. Caoimhe is originally from Letterkenny and has been living and working in Belfast for the past four years.

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

A: I play football with Laochra Loch Lao in west Belfast and between training and matches we usually have a busy schedule. I really miss playing with the girls but we're on an individual training schedule at the moment and between that and three gym sessions a week over Zoom, I am definitely keeping active. I really enjoy walking and hiking, as we did so much walking around Donegal growing up so I've loved discovering new walks around Belfast during lockdown. Turns out Donegal isn't the only beautiful place in Ireland!

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

A: I haven't ever been too sick thankfully. I have mild asthma so it is something I need to always look after. I came back from Electric Picnic 2018 with a horrendous chest infection but I really only had myself to blame!

Q: How healthy is your diet?

A: I would consider my diet to be healthy most of the time. We were always raised on really tasty and healthy homemade food and that has definitely stuck with me. I really enjoy food and making my own meals. I find good food is a form of entertainment during lockdown and I look forward to indulging at the weekend in a Belfast restaurant's home meal kit, a takeaway or a homemade brunch.

Q: Any bad habits?

A: If procrastination is a bad habit, it's definitely mine. My biggest form of procrastination is probably writing out a list of tasks for the week and then taking a while to start them. Although it is a great feeling to strike them off once completed.

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

A: I don't smoke, but I definitely enjoy a drink. I've been trying new craft beers recently as my housemate bought a craft beer monthly subscription box for my birthday.

Q: Do you take any supplements?

A: I take vitamin C, a multivitamin and cod liver oil capsules every morning. Perhaps a reassurance, more than anything!

Q: How do you take time out?

A: I listen to a lot of radio, podcasts and audiobooks in my down time and also enjoy watching TV series and films with my housemates. I work a lot and my social life definitely filled the remainder of my time before the pandemic so I am also enjoying the chance to read books, sing and draw these days, all hobbies I enjoyed before life got too busy. I have also recently learned to knit. My mum very patiently taught me during the first lockdown in Donegal. I was delighted to get some of my granny's old knitting needles for Christmas so hopefully I'll be flying through the scarf I am currently knitting.

Q: How well do you sleep?

A: I am guilty of delaying my bedtime by reading or scrolling on my phone but as soon as my head hits the pillow, I am asleep. I sleep well and usually for seven or eight hours so any less and I'm like a zombie.

Q: Do you worry about getting old?

A: I don't worry about getting old because I think a lot of it is to do with your mentality around it all and I have a lot of positive agers in my family! Appearance is definitely a huge source of people's anxiety around getting older and while filming my documentary about cosmetic procedure my eyes were opened to how young people are now starting "preventative" measures.

Croi na Ceiste le Caoimhe is on BBC Two Northern Ireland at 10pm on Monday, 1 February and will also be available on BBC iPlayer. Caoimhe presents Blas every Thursday evening on BBC Radio Ulster at 7pm and is also available on BBC Sounds

Belfast Telegraph

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