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Me and my health: Eve Blair on her lifestyle

 

By Stephanie Bell

Eve Blair (34), from Artigarvan in Co Tyrone, presents The Late Show on BBC Radio Ulster/Foyle, from Monday to Friday. Eve is married to Neill Auterson, a chef in Oakfield Park, Donegal. She says:

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

A: I would love to say I do more exercise than I do. There was a time when I was very sporty and loved to be outside cycling and surfing and wouldn't sit still. Now because of my job and getting a bit older I don't do as much as I should. I love walking and we have two dogs, a white boxer Bengo who is nine and a family Labrador Maggie who is 13, and I like to walk them and get out into the fresh air. I also go to Pilates on a Wednesday night with my mum and sister and that's fun, I really enjoy it.

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

A: When I was five months old I had a neuroblastoma removed from my chest. To me, it's hard to think of anything much worse than having childhood cancer, but now at 34 thankfully it is just something from my past. I also have Horner's Syndrome which is how they picked up the cancer. It causes a lack of sweating on one side of the face and it can also affect my eyes. I attended a clinic in the Royal until I was 14 years old where I was checked for cancer. Thankfully all is great and I have no worries. However, I would be very prone to chest infections because of the damage it did to my chest. Nevertheless, I regard myself very much as being one of the lucky ones.

Q: How healthy is your diet?

A: I don't have the best digestion so I stay away from fatty goods. You wouldn't catch me eating a fry as it would leave me quite ill. I love preparing and cooking meals from scratch and, of course, it is handy having a chef for a husband, although chefs are not so handy if you are watching the calories as they tend to cook everything in butter. I try to keep to a healthy diet but I do enjoy the occasional Indian takeaway.

Q: Do you take any health supplements?

A: No, but I do keep those effervescent multi vitamins in the cupboard for when I need an energy boost.

Q: Any bad habits?

A: Growing up on a farm I am addicted to butter as anything we had to eat always had loads of butter on it. I also love salt and I take too much even though I know it's not good for me. And I'm a nibbler too, especially at the weekend when the cheese will come out.

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

A: I think because of my childhood illness I am very anti-smoking. I don't like it at all or being around it because of my chest. Maybe I make up for it by enjoying a drink at the weekends. I love whiskey and I love trying loads of different whiskeys. My favourite is Scottish Isles. Craft beers are huge in the north west and I enjoy trying them too.

Q: How do you take time out?

A: I find it hard to take time out. We are glued to our phones today with instant access to emails and Twitter. I really enjoy my job and I am always looking for new music. When I do need a break I try and put the phone away. I love spending time with family. My mother and father-in-law live in Hillsborough and my mother-in-law is a great cook so I love going to visit for family meals. When you drive over the Glenshane Pass it's like you have entered a new world. I also like to go home to the family farm and put on my wellies and head outside. Another way I unwind is with a good book or by watching box sets - once I start one of these I tend to binge on it and have to watch until the end.

Q: How well do you sleep?

A: I am not a great sleeper. I would be a bit of a worrier and tend to do my worrying when I go to bed. I have recently started to write things down at night which helps me to get over to sleep. I also drink too much coffee which doesn't help.

Q: Do you worry about getting old?

A: No, I am not worrying about getting old. If I did worry about something like that, then my fear would be that I hadn't done the things I wanted to do with my life or travelled to the places I wanted to visit. Time passes so quickly and I would like to think I will do all the things I want to do before I get too old.

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

A: I love to get my hat and coat on and get outside and have a good walk to clear my head - especially on a cold day. I always feel better coming home after a good walk.

Eve Blair, the Late Show, Radio Ulster, Mon-Fri, 11pm-11.55pm

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