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Me and my health: TV's Kerry Thompson on her lifestyle

By Helen Carson

The 40-year-old BBC presenter lives in east Belfast with her husband, Tim and their three children Ellie (9), Finn (7) and Daisy (3).

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

A: This time last year I had just taken part in the Belfast Marathon. I also used to be a regular at the Victoria Park Parkrun. However, over the last six months we have been working on a big house project so, apart from running after my three children, I haven't been doing exercise. I really want to get back to running, though, as I enjoy it so much.

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

A: I haven't had any serious illnesses. Just before Christmas, though, I had a bad ear infection and it was so painful I would put it up there with childbirth. I went to my GP but didn't get anything for it. I remember this was just before my 40th birthday and I was sitting feeling so sorry for myself with the pain. It affected my work temporarily because it was the ear I wear my earpiece in, so I couldn't do that for a while. The pain turned to ringing in my ear, but thankfully it cleared up.

Q: How healthy is your diet?

A: Like most people I try to eat a balanced diet, but with the recommendations now up to seven-a-day it is a struggle. It is easier to eat well in the summer and I do enjoy salads which are so tasty and I love to experiment with different flavours. While I try to be organised, sometimes plans just go out the window. I start work very early three days a week and occasionally after 9am we will all head out for breakfast - and it's a good old Ulster fry. And there are temptations - when the kids have a snack in the afternoon, that's when I start reaching for the crisps and chocolate.

Q: Any bad habits?

A: Drinking coffee. When I'm on earlies - my alarm goes off at 4.20am - I will have a few cups of coffee to get me started. In fact, it is the first thing I think about when I wake up in the morning. I am not me without my coffee.

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

A: I don't smoke but I like a glass of wine, especially on a good evening in the garden. My husband also makes a mean mojito and his mother taught him a key lesson in life - how to make a delicious Irish coffee.

Q: Do you take any health supplements?

A: I tend to take health supplements like multi-vitamins when it is too late and I am run down. I will take them until they run out, then not bother taking them again - and the cycle starts again.

Q: How do you take time out?

A: I have very little downtime, as when I'm not working, I'm taking my three children to after-school activities. Once a week, though, I will make time to do something, whether that is meeting friends for coffee or a few drinks or going out with my husband.

Q: How well do you sleep?

A: When I am working, I get up around 4am. I have no problem getting to bed early and going to sleep. I often go to bed at the same time as my kids to ensure I get eight hours sleep. If I am going after 8pm that is almost late for me. There have been times when I have gone out after work, having been on an early, so by the time I get home I've been up almost 24 hours.

Q: Do you worry about getting old?

A: I recently had my 40th birthday and I wasn't worried so much about my age, as other people's reaction to me getting older. But once you turn the corner and have a milestone birthday, it's grand.

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

A: I grew up in Ballymena, so I love going to Portrush - and I think there is something so relaxing about being near the sea. You cannot beat going for a walk and getting fresh air.

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