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Me and my health: Rachael Anderson


By Helen Carson

The 23-year-old Downtown Radio presenter lives in Cloughey, Co Down.

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

While I'm a member of a gym I don't go as often as I should, mostly because of the way I work. However, I do really enjoy spin classes and have a beautiful teacup Yorkshire terrier called Poppy who I walk everyday on Cloughey beach. I have National Trust membership now so favourite places for walks include Mount Stewart,anywhere with a history.

What's the worst illness you've had?

When I was sitting my 11-plus I developed pneumonia and pleurisy and was in the Ulster Hospital for nine weeks. It started with a throat infection and I wasn't able to go out and play with my friends as I would cough and get tired very quickly. However, I was able to do my 11-plus and got an 'A' to get into the secondary school of my choice.

How healthy is your diet?

Because I am up very early in the morning I usually have breakfast during the show at about 6.30am which is just tea and toast. Then at 10am I'll have another cup of tea with soup or a sandwich for lunch from the canteen. Dinner is usually always the same thing - chicken goujons with mashed potatoes and pepper sauce - it's the same when I eat out. During the week I tend to stick to three meals a day and will have a pizza or takeaway at the weekend.

Any bad habits?

I love tea, in fact I think I'm addicted to it, and coffee too. I also have a sweet tooth so when I eat out there is always room for a dessert. I enjoy chocolate fudge cake and honeycomb ice cream and it's even better if I can get the two together.

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

I don't smoke and don't really drink either. If I'm on a night out with friends. I will have a drink to pass myself occasionally but I don't like the taste of alcohol in anything.

Do you take health supplements?

Because I was ill when I was younger I take echinacea regularly to bolster my immune system and help prevent colds.

How do you take time out?

Walking and going out with friends. I have a busy social life as I play the bagpipes (above), which I've been doing since I was seven. When I was competing, I was among the top five pipers in the world. I'm going to Glasgow next week and then to Switzerland. Family time is important to me too, just getting to see my mum and dad.

How well do you sleep?

Really well. I can get in to a sleep routine easily even though I work unsociable hours. I will get a good five to seven hours a night. I'm a bit of a live wire during the day but then I just go out like a light.

Do you worry about getting old?

I will be 24 on my next birthday and the only thing that worries me about ageing is how fast time goes by and having enough time to enjoy and take everything in. I left school at 18 and have been working here for two years and I feel I didn't really appreciate the time after school. I don't want to realise when it's my time to retire that I didn't make the most of everything that was happening around me.

What is your go-to product or habit that keeps you feeling healthy? Getting some fresh air on the beach. I love the sea air for anything from a headache to a cold.

Rachael presents her show every morning on Downtown Radio breakfast from 6-10am, and on Downtown Country, Monday to Saturday between 1-4pm and Sunday from 4-7pm

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