'I get more sick than Rod. He is the fittest person I know': Under the microscope with Penny Lancaster
The model and wife of Rod Stewart, 40, on her healthy eating regime, being positive and why she treats herself to fish and chips
'I don't calorie count but I have a very healthy eating regime,' said Penny Lancaster
SO WHO’S FITTER, YOU OR ROD
I get sick more than he does. He is the fittest person I know, and any doctor who has tested him tends to say: ‘You’ve got the body and constitution of a 40-year-old.’ He plays football and trains five times a week. So when people ask me what I think about our age difference, there isn’t one really.
YOU’RE A NEW MUM — HOW WAS THE BIRTH
Both Alastair, who’s just turned six, and Aiden, nine months, were water births without epidurals. I know you don’t get a medal for it, but I don’t like needles and I just wanted to know what it was like. Without question, it’s the most pain I’ve ever experienced.
DO YOU WATCH YOUR WEIGHT
I don’t calorie count but I have a very healthy eating regime. For breakfast I have scrambled egg whites with a slice of tomato, for lunch a big salad and then lots of vegetables in the evening.
I love a Sunday dinner, and when I’m in Britain I treat myself to fish and chips, as they don’t do it in the U.S., where we live for nine months of the year.
DO YOU DRINK
I cut back on alcohol when we were trying to get pregnant — it took a long time to try to make Aiden. Now that I’ve stopped breastfeeding, I enjoy a glass of wine with a meal.
'He plays football and trains five times a week,' said Penny on husband Rod
POP ANY PILLS
I have an underactive thyroid gland, so I take thyroxine. For some reason my immune system attacked the gland 15 years ago. I also take vitamin D for my immune system and omega oils, too. I have to be careful with medications because I’m allergic to penicillin.
HAD ANYTHING REMOVED
My appendix and my wisdom teeth.
EVER BEEN DEPRESSED
Like everyone I have moments where I feel down but, in general, I’m smiling first thing in the morning until last thing at night. If I get sensitive about something, Rod says to me: ‘Is it your period’ as it’s unlike me.
From my mid-20s for about ten years, I had issues with my back — my discs kept slipping. Then nine months after I gave birth to Alastair it went for good. Instead of just pressing on a nerve, the disc was severing the nerve, so I had no feeling at all in my left leg. I was rushed for surgery.
WHAT’S YOUR FITNESS REGIMEN
We have two gyms at our home in Los Angeles and I work out with my personal trainer. I love swimming and hiking.
WOULD YOU ever HAVE PLASTIC SURGERY
After having back surgery the idea of going under the knife is terrifying, but I can’t say I’ll never have it.
LIKE TO LIVE FOR EVER
Only if my family could live for ever, too.
Penny drinks Cho-Yung weight-loss tea, choyungtea.com