CAN YOU RUN UP THE STAIRS?
Yes. I go to the gym four times a week so I’m pretty fit. I do a lot of weights. I can’t stand yoga but I don’t mind Pilates.
GET YOUR FIVE A DAY?
Every morning I have a protein shake with matcha green tea, spinach, parsley, maca powder (a root vegetable powder), spirulina (an edible algae) and berries, along with poached eggs. I love kale, watercress and haddock.
One of my favourite snacks is Thai fishcakes.
Lorraine Pascale from the Tongue Twister Food Experience in February 2015. The TV host says she goes to the gym four times a week
Blue cheese; the stinkier the better!
When I eat a lot of cake for work and don’t go to the gym as frequently I can put on as much as a stone (I’m 5’11 and weigh around 10st 7lbs).
When my clothes start to pinch in the wrong places I know I have weight to shift and I eat more protein and colourful veggies and wholemeal, as opposed to white, carbs.
WORST ILLNESS OR INJURY?
I had surgery on both feet as a child to readjust bones that were painful when I walked.
I had pronation issues [when the feet roll in]. They did one foot at a time and during the first operation didn’t give me enough general anesthetic so I woke up in the middle of surgery.
All I remember seeing is the surgeon using what looked like a toy chainsaw and me yelling: ‘What on earth are you doing?’ I wasn’t in pain but it was scary.
Taken at the Royal Marines Boxing Bout in London last year. Lorraine says she can put on as much as a stone during times when she eats a lot of cake for work
POP ANY PILLS?
A lot! I take zinc, magnesium, Vitamin K, Co-enzyme Q10, Vitamin E, fish oils and iron, amongst others.
I had a blood test once when I was feeling run down and it showed how deficient I was in some of them.
That was surprising, given how healthily I eat, but it just shows there’s not the same nutrients in food as there used to be because of modern intensive farming.
ANY FAMILY AILMENTS?
[Lorraine was adopted] I know there’s a history of cancer, but cancer is a lottery.
You can be super healthy and get it, and other people who are riddled with it still smoke and recover.
Lorraine Pascale at the UK premiere of ‘Girls: Season 3’ in London. The celebrity cook says she takes more than 7 dietary supplements daily
TRIED ALTERNATIVE THERAPIES?
I’ve tried them all, including acupuncture when I had chronic shoulder pain a few years ago.
My doctor said I’d need surgery and acupuncture was my last chance to avoid it and it worked .
EVER BEEN DEPRESSED?
I consider myself a positive person, but I had post-natal depression after my daughter, Ella [now 19] was born.
I’ve had periods of generalised anxiety disorder with panic attacks, social anxiety and high levels of stress throughout my life, partly due to my unsettled childhood [Lorraine was fostered at eight when her adoptive parents split up before being reunited with her adoptive mother a year later].
I practise meditation. That’s helped me build resilience. I’ve spoken till I’m blue in the face with amazing therapists, but eventually you need to work through it yourself.
‘I’ve spoken till I’m blue in the face with amazing therapists, but eventually you need to work through it yourself,’ Lorraine says, and adds that meditation helps her build resilience
No cure works when you get over 40. I like rosé in the summer or a mojito cocktail (made with rum, mint, soda water and sugar), but I rarely drink.
I’ve never been a good sleeper. I go to bed around 10pm, but always wake up between 4 and 5am. I think I’m one of those people that doesn’t need a lot of sleep .
Snakes! It only started recently and I’m not sure why but thankfully I haven’t encountered any in Los Angeles, where I’ve just moved.
From the set of the Tongue Twister Food Experience. Lorraine is also supporting Macmillan’s World’s Biggest Coffee Morning on September 30
LIKE TO LIVE FOREVER?
I don’t know about that. My goal is to live as fully as possible. When my time comes, it comes.
Lorraine is supporting Macmillan’s World’s Biggest Coffee Morning on September 30.