'I've never done a fad diet, but I watch what I eat': Under the microscope with Jo Whiley
00:15 GMT, 11 December 2012
The Radio 2 DJ, 47, on existing without much sleep, having a high pain threshold and why she won't be having plastic surgery
'I often eat on the go, so it's (diet) not as healthy as it should be,' said Jo Whiley
ANY FAMILY AILMENTS
Rheumatoid arthritis — my dad is badly affected by stiff, painful joints, and my mum and grandmother also have it. My knuckles are getting bigger, which is a common starting point. Mum has a regular cortisone injection to help lessen the symptoms and pain.
DO YOU DO ANYTHING TO PROTECT YOURSELF
Yes — my husband has badgered me for years about taking cod liver oil, which is good for keeping joints supple. I’ve started taking a yeast supplement, which is supposed to be good for your brain. I’d like to think it makes me more intelligent and keeps me sharp!
HOW GOOD IS YOUR DIET
I often eat on the go, so it’s not as healthy as it should be. My weaknesses are crisps, muffins and cake. It feels fantastic when I’m eating them, but afterwards I say to myself: ‘Why did I just do that’
DO YOU WATCH YOUR WEIGHT
I’ve never done a fad diet, but I watch what I eat if I have an event coming up.
WOULD YOU HAVE PLASTIC SURGERY
It's not a route I want to go down. I would much rather look like my beautiful 90-year-old granny.
WHAT’S BEEN YOUR WORST ILLNESS
I have a big problem with catarrh. If I get a cold, I’ll have it for two months. I had my sinuses washed out when I was a child — apart from giving birth, that was the most unpleasant thing I’ve ever had to do. I avoid milk because it makes my catarrh worse.
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DO YOU TAKE EXERCISE
I try to swim three to four times a week and I feel the mental and physical benefits. My little one, Coco, who is four years old, swam 25m the other day.
WHAT’S YOUR PAIN THRESHOLD LIKE
I can tolerate pain pretty well. I have scoliosis — curvature of the spine. Living with daily pain toughens you up.
ARE YOU A WORRIER
Yes, I tend to fret about things.
Heights! I don’t like not being able to see the ground. If I’m on a bridge and can see through the slats, my stomach lurches.
I’m used to broken sleep because my younger sister Frances has Cri du Chat, a learning and developmental disability, and didn’t sleep much at night, so nor did anyone else in the house when I was growing up. That helped me when I had my four children, because I can exist without much sleep. But I can see it in my face.
Nothing can cure a hangover other than sleep. It’s put me off drinking — I just can’t bear the feeling any more.
LIKE TO LIVE FOR EVER
Only if everyone I loved did, too.
Jo Whiley presented Mencap’s Little Noise Sessions, mencap.org.uk