November 1, 2011 · 0 Comments
‘I work really hard to keep my weight from creeping up’: Under the microscope with Kirstie Allsopp
By Sarah Ewing
Last updated at 2:16 PM on 1st November 2011
‘When I’m filming around the country I’ve got little control over what I’m eating,’ said Kirstie Allsopp
I’ve never been thin and my weight doesn’t yo-yo massively, but I do find I have to work really hard to keep it from creeping up, because when I’m filming around the country I’ve got little control over what I’m eating. If I stay away from sugar, the weight stays off like it did when I was in my 30s, a size 14 on the bottom and 12 on the top.
Sadly bread, but I’ve found out recently it just doesn’t agree with me – I get bloated so I’ve cut it out completely. My favourite thing would be two crumpets with Marmite.
I’m crazy about tomatoes and if I’m at home I’ll have a tomato omelette or just an egg-white tomato omelette if I’m feeling virtuous. And I love the lettuce we grow at home in Devon.
I’m a great runner, and my next-door neighbour is a fitness buff, so if she’s going to a class – Zumba, Pilates and so on – I tag along.
‘If I stay away from sugar, the weight stays off like it did when I was in my 30s,’ said Kirstie
I never experienced the pain of labour because both my children were born by Caesarean. With my first, I developed complications early on and had to have four shots of progesterone to help bring labour on, followed by a drip, before having a Caesarean.
My youngest son developed bad eczema two years ago and my GP said 20 per cent of children with eczema respond well to a no wheat, no dairy diet, and it was miraculous! We have reintroduced those foods, after a year of cutting them out, but we have to be very careful to avoid a flare-up.
About seven years ago, I caught walking pneumonia, which is a severe chest infection. My GP sent me home with antibiotics and strict instructions to rest in bed. Ever since then, if I get really tired or run down, it goes to my chest – and I get a deep chesty cough.
I can’t really drink to the point where I get a hangover, because of the kids. But if I’ve overindulged I put two vitamin C tablets in a pint of water and have a warm bath. It really makes me feel more human.
No, but in August, I practically cut the top off my finger chopping in the kitchen.
‘I’ve found out recently it (bread, left) doesn’t agree with me… If I’ve overindulged I put two vitamin C tablets in a pint of water and have a warm bath (right)’
I’d never say never. I’ve got a good face, but if I suddenly started to get lots of lines where I didn’t want them, I might do something about it, without rushing into surgery.
When I had my four wisdom teeth removed, I’m convinced it would have been carnage without Arnica. I’ve also had acupuncture during both my pregnancies to help combat nausea. If you believe in it and it works for you, then I don’t see the harm.
No, under no circumstances!
Kirstie is supporting National Antiques Week which starts on November 14, nationalantiquesweek.com
By Emma Brown