Mel C Tells Us Her Health Secrets On How To Look & Feel Fantastic
So very excitingly, I am now doing a series of interviews for Harpers Bazaar with a few friends of Honestly Healthy. The first is the wonderful Mel C, who told me about her healthy moments and her treat moments. Everyone is allowed a treat, some let your hair down time - its all part of our 70/30% rule. I always make my guests a little picnic when I head off to interview them. I made Mel my Blueberry Super Smoothie and my Puy Lentil & Pomegranate Salad.
Q What is your quick foodie fix?
A: I’m a bit of a crisps girl so I would say it’s a big bag of Kettle Chips.
Q Sweet or savoury?
Q What is your top red carpet beauty secret?
A: A lot of it is physiological, so I like to get really clean with my diet and get some good exercise sessions in and try not to drink.
Q If you were stranded on a desert island, what would be your one food indulgence?
A: A really good burger and chips! I don’t tend to eat them very often but Ronnie Scott’s does the best one.
Q Is there any food you tell yourself you can't have? And why?
A: I tend to avoid over-processed things as well as dairy, which produces mucus – not ideal for a singer.
Q What do you think is the key to good health?
A: Be kind to yourself. Eat well but don’t deprive yourself; exercise but don’t obsess about it; listen to your body. I have a daughter and I don’t talk about weight issues around her – I feel it’s my responsibility as a mother to pass on good self-esteem.
Q What type of exercise do you do?
A: I like to train three times a week but when I compete in triathlons I exercise six times a week. I do some yoga and I train in a Matt Roberts gym. I recently found an amazing training company called RG Active and they send me a training plan; for my 40th birthday I am doing the Olympic triathlon so I have to be really consistent over the winter period.
Q How do you get ready for a new work project? A: Life is a funny thing: over the last few years the most amazing opportunities have dropped into my lap, including performing in Jesus Christ Super Star which was great fun. After having a bit of time off recently, I am now ready to get back into writing and performing again.
Q When working long hours, how do you keep well fuelled?
A: It’s about being organised and not having anything to tempt me – but after a gig I always have a shandy and some salted peanuts.
Q What new exciting projects have you got coming up?
A: I’m about to start writing my new album and I am doing my 40th birthday show at the Shepherds Bush Empire, called Sporty’s 40!
Q How do you get yourself into a creative space?
A: I’ve tried to meditate but I can’t switch off, although I have just downloaded an app so I’m hoping that might help! I find running is a great way to clear my mind and it’s then that I often come up with lyrics, or even make life changing decisions.
Q What is your secret Sunday movie meal?
A: Asian food: dim sum and lots of picky food.
Q Do you like to entertain?
A: Yes, but I haven’t for a while. I do everything from scratch and I am very prepared.
Q What is your ideal dinner party menu?
A: Italian – buffalo mozzarella and tomato salad with a butternut squash or wild mushroom risotto.
Q Is cooking a meditation or a nightmare?
A: It’s very therapeutic and nurturing.
Q What is your nostalgic childhood dish?
A: Probably a chilli; when my mother was was pregnant with my brother she went off roasts and cooked chilli every Sunday – it became a tradition and we now have it every Christmas Eve.
Q What is the best recipe that has been passed down to you?
A: The thing about cooking, which is the same with singing, is that it’s all about confidence. My mum taught me how to cook simple things, like a white sauce, but overall it was confidence that was the best lesson.
Q Could you live without meat?
A: Yes, I have gone through periods as being a vegetarian.
Q What is the one ingredient you could never live without?
A Coconut – it has changed everything for me. I cook with it and drink the water all the time.
Q What would your signature move or saying be if you were a TV chef? (Jamie's is "Pukka", Nigella’s is sucking her fingers!)