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Me and my health: Triona Carville on her lifestyle

Music-maker: Triona Carville
Music-maker: Triona Carville
Triona Carville with her fiance Colm Kirwan

By Linda Stewart

The singer/songwriter (23), known by her stage name 'Triona', is from Teconnaught, Co Down, and has opened for Van Morrison. She is engaged to singer/songwriter Colm Kirwan (35).

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

A: I go to the gym five or six times a week and I also love long walks and hikes when I get the chance. I find that working out really clears my head and is also a great release for when I'm feeling stressed. I have figured out over time that I thrive on having a daily routine and structure to my life - going to the gym allows me to keep that routine and structure, especially on quieter weeks.

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

A: I had anaemia a couple of years ago due to not eating foods that were high in iron. It was the worst illness I've ever had - I remember feeling very lethargic and pretty low, I had no energy or motivation to do anything.

Q: How healthy is your diet?

A: Now, I make a point of including a good variety of foods in my diet such as leafy greens, vegetables, eggs, meat and fish. I try my best to stick to whole foods and get a good intake of protein and healthy fats. I used to have breakfast every morning as soon as I woke up, even when I wasn't even hungry, but now I'll either have a black coffee or a coffee blended with a little almond butter and then I'll wait until I feel hungry enough to eat.

Q: Any bad habits?

A: One bad habit that comes to mind is forgetting a word mid-sentence. Most of the time I'll stop and really try to think of the word I'm searching for - and sometimes I'll ask the other person if they know the word I need! Another bad habit I have from time to time is overindulging in ice cream and chocolate. I try my best to eat clean and exercise regularly but sometimes at the weekend I feel the need to have an ice cream and chocolate-eating marathon.

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

A: I tried smoking when I was younger and soon realised it wasn't for me. I have some relatives who smoke and this definitely put me off. As far as drinking goes, I currently don't drink but I have done in the past. I'm not opposed to enjoying the odd glass of wine or gin, in moderation, but it wouldn't bother me if I never drank again. I'm used to socialising without it and I also find it's easier to maintain a good healthy diet and lifestyle without it.

Triona Carville with her fiance Colm Kirwan

Q: Do you take any supplements?

A: No.

Q: How do you take time out?

A: I enjoy spending time with family and friends, going for long walks and hikes, listening to podcasts, reading, going to the cinema or bowling, praying, meditating and a few other things. I love adventures and fun activities and I'm always up for anything that includes having a laugh. Sometimes my schedule is jam-packed and I don't have much time to do these things, but when I do I make the most of it.

Q: How well do you sleep?

A: Throughout my life I haven't had the best sleeping pattern. When I was younger my parents called me the night owl because instead of going to sleep at night I would come alive. I mostly work late nights, so trying to achieve a good sleeping pattern can be more challenging. However, I do make a big effort to get to bed earlier and get a good eight hours' sleep. I try to read a book in bed as I find this relaxes me and makes it easier for me to fall asleep.

Q: Do you worry about getting old?

A: I try not to dwell on it too much. However, when I think of getting old I think of my grandparents. My granny has been fit and able her whole life - she's currently 94 and is only starting to slow down a little now. My other granny had 60 beautiful years of marriage to my grandad, who only passed away the year before last. I would love to grow old with my future husband and also be in good physical and mental health, as I'm sure most of us would.

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

A: Right now it's a skin product by an American brand called Rodan + Fields. I absolutely love it and it leaves my skin feeling so rejuvenated and refreshed.

Triona is playing at The Harp Bar, Duke of York, Belfast, at 7.30pm tonight

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