Look, I am basically a health-conscious person. I plan a balanced menu each week. I eat lots of vegetables, and some fruit. I do not overeat (I used to make the mistake of serving myself the same amount of food as my husband, who is somewhat larger than I). I enjoy the benefits of some of the more “faddish” food trends such as kale (kale chips are seriously delicious), coconut oil, quinoa, green juices. I exercise every day, in some way, even if it’s just a walk. It’s the every day bit that counts (to quote Sarah Wilson).
On the flipside, though, I love a drink, and drink more than I should, which is something I am working on. I very, very occasionally smoke (this is so naughty). And I LOVE a McDonalds double bacon cheeseburger and fries. There, I said it.We all know that Gwyneth Paltrow says some truly out-of-touch-with-reality things. But she once described her approach to health as “finding the balance between cigarettes and tofu” which I actually like.
I am never going to be one for high colonics and juice fasts, but I do like to feel healthy and energetic and strong, not to mention fit into my clothes. My mum recently gave me my Year 12 high school jersey, which she had kept in a box for the last 21 years (eek!) It still fits. My son, Captain Chatterbox, asked me in amazement how this was possible now that I am so old. I simply replied, “I look after myself”.