How I eat
During the chemo, I often had an upset tummy. But my body was also screaming for vegetables and healthy food so I would eat piles of kale and cabbage. I had strange cravings too, such as for lamb and calf’s liver. I had a Magnum daily as my treat. Now, I still eat a lot of vegetables and not much red meat, apart from the odd burger at the weekend. I cook everything from scratch for myself and the boys at home. But, while my diet is pretty healthy, it’s not terribly lively or inspirational from a foodie point of view.
What I eat in a typical day
Breakfast two pieces of sourdough toast with butter and Marmite
Lunch Either a salad or gazpacho with bread and a yoghurt
Dinner Chicken and vegetables or tofu stir fry or a burger at the weekend
Pudding I’ve evolved from Magnums to Cornettos so I have one every night
Carb count: I’m not mad on carbs. I have a weakness for sourdough and eat some pasta but that’s it.
Sleep: 7-8 hours, I like a nap in the afternoon too.
Alcohol: Maybe six times a year I have a couple of pints of Guinness. As a single dad, having a hangover with kids is not great.
Guilty pleasure: Cornetto. I don’t buy biscuits because I would eat the whole box.
Avoids: High-fat food. I was a chubby kid and it’s stuck with me to watch my weight. If I put on a pound or two I’ll reduce my eating to lose it again.
Lesson of lockdown: The importance of human contact.
Mental health fix: Inspirational sports movies— they’re my comfort food. They’re all the same story and you know what you’re getting, but they always make me feel better. I have so many favourites — Coach Carter, Remember the Titans, Invictus to name a few…
Getting through a crisis: After my diagnosis someone said to me, ‘the only way out is through.’ Rather than deny what’s going on, even when it’s the worst thing, I said to myself, ‘This is crap, I might die, but I am facing it and I can go up from here.’ For me, that’s the answer to cancer or any of the problems we face.