Me and my health: Kim Constable discusses her lifestyle
The 38-year-old bikini body builder who also runs a Detox Yoga workshop, lives in Belfast with her husband, former Ulster rugby player Ryan (45) who owns a sports management company, and their four children, Corey (11), Kai (10), Miya (7) and Jack (5).
Q: Do you take regular exercise - and if so what?
A: I go to the gym four times a week for two-hour sessions at a time, but when I'm preparing for a body building competition it is more and I work out for three hours per session. I also practise yoga three days a week for up to two hours. For body builders the cross trainer at the gym is king as I don't want to overdo it to the point I'm burning up muscle.
Q: What's the worst illness you've had?
A: I don't really get ill but when I was pregnant with my second son I took a bad chest infection. And because I won't go to the doctor unless I literally have a limb hanging off I got a cough which was so bad I ended up with broken ribs. I was 32 weeks pregnant and in so much pain.
Q: How healthy is your diet?
A: I became a vegetarian 12 years ago, becoming vegan just over two years ago. Prior to that the only animal product I ate was eggs. I don't drink milk and haven't eaten any dairy products for about eight years after reading The China Study by T Colin Campbell (the book is a scientific study on the links between dairy and cancer) when I was 19. I discovered the book when I was at my aunt's summer house in Cloughey. There was no TV and I had forgotten to bring something with me to read, and it was there. It changed my life. Now, every morning I have porridge with Chia seeds, bananas and cinnamon sometimes with a plant-based protein shake. We all eat the same meals so lunch is quinoa with salad and dinner is usually a bean casserole, with tofu, vegetables or sweet potatoes.
Q: Any bad habits?
A: Drinking coffee - although I think a little bit of caffeine isn't bad for you. I take freshly brewed coffee blended with a teaspoon full of coconut oil in the morning and another one later in the day. My friend Caroline and I also have Champagne Fridays which started out two years ago when we would have a glass of wine on a Friday, but then became a bottle of Champagne.
Q: Do you drink and/or smoke - if so, how much?
A: I started smoking when I was 16 until I was 23, but I was an occasional smoker - it was never 20-a-day. I used to drink quite a lot when I was younger and the bottle of wine used to come out after 5pm. But now with four children and the fact keeping fit is my livelihood I just cannot do it. Previously I hated sipping mineral water when everyone was drinking their gin but now I can enjoy the craic with no alcohol. Don't get me wrong I enjoy a drink ... too much. But I love getting up and feeling fresh.
Q: Do you take any health supplements?
A: Every day I take 15 vitamins and supplements. I'm like an elderly person with my pill mill which my children organise everyday. The most important ones are vitamin D, B complex and magnesium, the latter of which most of us are deficient in. But I also take kelp, alfalfa, Liver Pro, flax oil and others to keep my body in peak condition.
Q: How do you take time out?
A: Going to the gym and doing yoga are my me-time. I also meditate for 30 minutes a day and have monthly Thai and sports massages.
Q: How well do you sleep?
A: Like a baby. I go to bed around 11pm and am up at 8am. But it depends on what I'm doing in my schedule. When I'm busy I will get up at 5am and Ryan does too. I love the morning.
Q: Do you worry about getting old?
A: I want to get old, it's a privilege not afforded to some. I'm as fit, healthy and strong as I can be. My great grandmother used to get up and sweep the road everyday when she was 94.
Q: What it your go-to product or habit that keeps you feeling healthy?
A: Yoga - which is not about being able to do the splits at a party. Yoga keeps the body in an alkaline state in which disease cannot grow. Doing yoga is like flushing the toilet for your body.
- Visit DeYogaTox.com for details of Kim's detox yoga workshops