'A smile is the best facelift': Under the microscope with Olivia Newton-John
01:31 GMT, 15 May 2012
The singer and actress, 63, on beating breast cancer, exercising every day, why she suffered from depression and how she stays young-at-heart
'I think eating well, and being positive and happy, are the best ways to stay young,' said Olivia Newton-John
My weight has been pretty constant since my 20s, and never fluctuates by more than a few pounds. I weigh about 9 st, which is about right for my height (5ft 6in). If I eat too much one day, I’ll restrict myself the next.
Dark chocolate, but that’s pretty good for you — in moderation — so I don’t feel guilty about eating it.
GET YOUR FIVE A DAY
I don’t measure it, but I try to always get some ‘green’ at one meal — be it salad, spinach or broccoli.
Breast cancer. I was diagnosed in 1992, when I was 43. I knew something was wrong because I’d been doing regular self-examinations and felt a lump. I had surgery, followed by chemo, and I was laid low for the best part of a year. But thankfully I’ve been in the clear for 20 years — a big relief.
WOULD YOU HAVE PLASTIC SURGERY
I haven’t succumbed, despite the fact there is obviously more pressure on people in the public eye to look good. I think eating well, and being positive and happy, are the best ways to stay young. A smile is the best facelift.
EVER TRIED ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
Yes, I’m a great believer, but I think it should be called ‘adjunctive medicine’, because it should be taken in tandem with traditional medicine. I had both acupuncture and homeopathy after my cancer surgery, and also did some meditation — and I’m sure together they helped speed up my recovery.
'I weigh about 9 st, which is about right for my height (5ft 6in),' said Olivia
HAD ANYTHING REMOVED
Nothing much — besides my wisdom teeth and tonsils when I was a kid.
DO YOU WORK OUT
I’m pretty fit for my age. I’m a great believer in getting outdoors and doing a bit of exercise every day, whether it’s going for a run or just taking a walk.
POP ANY PILLS
I take green algae, which provides you with omega-3 fatty acids and enhances the immune system. I also take a liquid form of camu-camu, a vitamin-packed fruit from the Amazon rainforest made by my husband’s company. And, at night, Fibrezone to cleanse my digestive tract.
EVER BEEN DEPRESSED
Yes, in the years after my illness. If you’ve had a serious illness, as I did, it can depress your immune system and leave you feeling low. I had some therapy and was on antidepressants for a while. But thankfully that’s in the past.
Growing up in Australia, I was all too aware of the dangers of sharks — and I’m very careful if I go swimming in the sea. I remember listening to the ‘shark reports’ on the radio on the way to school in the morning.
As a rule, I don’t get to bed until midnight, and get six to seven hours’ sleep a night. I like life too much to spend too long in bed.
LIKE TO LIVE FOR EVER
Only if those I love live for ever, too.
Livwise: Easy Recipes For A Happy Life by Olivia Newton-John is published by Murdoch Books at 17.99.