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Celebrity Health - Cassie Stokes

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Cassie Stokes is a television presenter with TV3’s Xposé. She has worked on Tonight with Vincent Browne, the 3e programme FYI and was co-host on Entertainment Tonight Canada. She is from Dundrum, Dublin and moved back home earlier this year after working in London and Canada. Xposé airs weekdays from 6pm on TV3.

What sort of exercise do you do to keep in shape?

"I do quite a lot. I do strengthening and conditioning circuits with a personal trainer twice a week. A hot yoga class where they turn up the heat helps me to sweat out all the bad in my body. Working on Xposé I could be at a shoot at TV3 one day and in Cannes the next, so it’s pretty demanding. If I have any time off I have to try to work out for at least half an hour so I have energy to do the job."

What sort of foods do you eat to stay healthy?

"For breakfast I may eat leftovers – this morning I had a chicken wing and porridge! I am allergic to eggs so that can limit my breakfast choices, but I like toast with avocado and cheese. I try to make sure other meals have a balance of carbs, proteins and veg on the plate. I really like salads. I like protein bars and make a smoothie every day. When I have been working out I make sure my smoothie or shake has protein in it, because it is good for my muscles straight after exercise. I drink matcha tea every day and find it a real energy booster. The caffeine in coffee doesn’t really agree with me. I have a sweet tooth so I need to keep an eye on that."

Is it hard to be healthy when you have to travel for work?

"I try to have something to snack on in my bag. I tend not to go on flights longer than six hours and I like to sleep the whole time. I pick at meals, but my big thing is to hydrate and this can be challenging when you want to sleep. You need to hydrate or your skin looks terrible and dried out. If I am on an Aer Lingus flight I have my favourite – a chicken and stuffing sandwich."

Do you take any natural supplements?

"I take calcium but I know it’s not really effective without vitamin D to get it into the bones, so I take that too. I call it my little packet of sunshine. In Canada we have four distinct seasons with a really sunny summer, and I definitely miss those summers now I am backing living in Ireland. I also take vitamin B12."

Do you ever worry about your health?

"I look after myself so I don’t have to worry about it. I have worried in the past, for example if I lost weight. I have become much healthier in recent years and know that food is important because I work out a lot. As I get older I will be increasing my vitamin intake."

How do you relax when you are not in the public eye?

"I love walking and there are loads of great walks to be done. I think laughter is important and my sister Alex is the person who makes me laugh all the time – she is hilarious. I might have a beer sometimes."

Do you have any health tips for Rude Health readers?

  • I am a big believer in listening to your body – if it is craving something you should listen to it, but not to excess.
  • If you workout take the time out to relax and have a rest day – you know what’s best and your body will tell you too.
  • The older we get the more attention we have to pay to our bodies.
  • Laughter is the best medicine.

                                         

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