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Me and my health: singer-songwriter Owen Denvir on his lifestyle

 

Right recipe: Owen Denvir is a keen cook
Right recipe: Owen Denvir is a keen cook
Right recipe: Owen Denvir is a keen cook

By Staff Reporter

The 23-year-old is a self-employed musician, singer-songwriter and producer from Belfast. He will be playing the Black Box tonight.

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

A: I do a lot of walking and play five-a-side football at least once a week. I enjoy climbing Cave Hill outside Belfast or in the Mournes every now and again.

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

A: I once had food poisoning from a bad burrito - it ruined my Christmas! I'll not name and shame the establishment I got it in but it was a shocking betrayal from a place I used to love dearly. I've managed to survive without them for a good while now, somehow.

Q: How healthy is your diet?

A: I love cooking, so my diet is quite varied. I've heard that it's better for the environment and your body to eat less meat and more vegetables, so I stick to that. Actually, I would say the more vegetables in a meal in the better. Usually I'll cook a ginormous batch of something - preferably something Indian or Chinese-inspired - and then I will freeze it so that it lasts. I've been cutting down on beef because I've heard it's the worst meat for the environment. I should be eating more fish to be really saving the planet, but to be honest the only fish I've had in the last while is fish fingers. I don't eat fast food very often - maybe twice a month or so I'd give in to pizza or an Indian. I get teased by my housemates about my carb intake. Usually I'll have a ginormous portion of rice with my meals, but it's partly because I've got such a fast metabolism, plus I figure that if I'm full of carbs then it'll leave no room in my stomach to deal with my sweet tooth.

Q: Any bad habits?

A: I enjoy chocolate... I think that most days I have at least a regular-sized chocolate bar. There's also a rule that singers should steer clear of ice cream because it can clog up your throat, so on my days off sometimes I'll just go all out and eat my weight in honeycomb ice cream.

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

A: I don't smoke. I drink maybe just a pint or two a week on average - mostly socially, but I enjoy a nice Belgian beer some nights if I'm watching a movie or recording late.

Q: Do you take any supplements?

A: I used to take multi-vitamins but I'm not sure how much benefit they actually have, and whether your body can absorb vitamins effectively that way. I'm convinced that taking too many orange beroccas made me allergic to oranges.

Q: How do you take time out?

A: I go for a walk, get coffee with a friend, go to a gig or book a holiday. Or I might cook a mad recipe I've decided could definitely work (and usually doesn't). I probably listen to music most while chopping up vegetables, getting through my Discover Weekly playlist on Spotify. My brother recently had a daughter so hanging out with her is probably my number one pastime.

Q: How well do you sleep?

A: I sleep pretty well - I do get my eight hours - but I'm a bit of a night owl because I prefer to work late into the evenings.

Q: Do you worry about getting old?

A: Not really... should I? I had to grow a beard because everyone thought I was half the age I actually am.

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

A: Great vegetables like sweet potatoes, courgette and butternut squash. Lemon in water is good too. Or putting honey into my coffee to help my throat - although that probably means I'm having too much sugar.

Owen plays the Black Box tonight with support from Cora Kelly. Tickets are available from www.blackboxbelfast.com/event/owen-denvir. For information about Owen, visit www.owendenvir.com

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