Michael van Straten
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The Celebrity Shopping Trolley - Lynsey de Paul

Trolley Spy questions:

I asked singer Lynsey de Paul to reveal the secrets of her shopping trolley. Are you ready?


1. Describe 2 typical breakfast options

I am always in a rush and eat a 2 minute breakfast while multi-tasking. I eat a slice of multi-seeded toast with a thin smear of honey and a cup of very weak tea with milk to keep me going. On the odd occasion, I eat organic unsweetened muesli and then add a teaspoon of sugar, which defeats the purpose.

2. Describe 2 typical lunch options –

I prefer lunch to eating dinner and try to make this my main meal. I have not eaten meat for over thirty years, but have now added fish back in to my diet when in a restaurant. I eat grilled salmon and salad or steamed / grilled vegetables like broccoli, aubergine, cauliflower or asparagus. When cooking for myself, I cook up an organic scrambled egg and a mixed salad including tomatoes and avocado - or else an occasional baked potato.

3. Describe 2 typical dinner options –

I skip a proper dinner if I have eaten lunch and just have fruit and a piece of cheese on a cracker, otherwise I eat in the evening what I would have eaten at lunch. I do not eat puddings, but order an extra spoon when some I am dining with has one - for a taste.

4. What do you snack on?

The very occasional biscuit, fruit such as banana or apple, cheese and cracker. I avoid chocolate as I was much fatter when a teenager and am always aware of 'the fat girl' trying to get out! I try to avoid eating too much bread, but sometimes I snack on a slice.

5. What are your favourite non-alcoholic and alcoholic drinks? How often do you drink them?

I drink water, very weak tea, and unsweetened apple juice or orange juice. I drink something every two hours or so – and more at night than during the day.

6. Do you have any intolerances/diet restrictions?

Apart from not liking the taste, I am allergic to the fermented grape and am, therefore, a teetotaller; this makes me a very cheap date. I also don't get on with coriander or garlic. Why, I don't know . . . maybe you can enlighten me, Michael.


7. Would you say you eat healthily? Why?

I eat healthily when I eat, but, sometimes, I forget to eat and find myself with low blood sugar. I don't like much processed food and I never over-eat, even at Xmas.

8. Which 5 food items do you always stock up on at the supermarket?

Salad, Brazil nuts, avocado, aubergine and broccoli.

9. What are your top 3 food vices – how often would you say you indulge them?

My real vice is skipping meals and then being too tired to eat properly. I now make a conscious effort not to do that. I do eat the very odd chocolate, biscuit and slices of bread.


Michael's Verdict

I first met Lynsey de Paul at the home of one of my oldest friends Dave Lee Travis – DLT aka The Hairy Monster. Now, Dave is very tall and Lynsey is not and these two, side by side, was quite a sight. Pert, blond, pocket size and bubbly Linsey next to giant, black bearded and very loud Dave was not a combination you could ignore.

It must be more than 20 years since that first encounter yet I have never seen Lynsey without a smile or the boundless energy that has been evident throughout her remarkable career. Singer, composer, musician, actor, TV presenter and even Eurovision contestant for the UK – she came second!

Like DLT and his Swedish wife Marianne, Lynsey is a long time vegetarian though she does now eat some fish. She does not smoke or drink coffee or alcohol, but does make a real effort to balance her meals and get all the essential nutrients.

Breakfast is always a chore – she knows how important it is but there is never time and mornings are always a rush so it's a 2 minute munch while multi-tasking. A slice of whole grain and seed toast with honey and a cup of very weak tea with milk will keep her going, but only just. Occasionally she will have organic unsweetened muesli which is a better long release energy breakfast. Lynsey says she adds a teaspoon of sugar, which defeats the purpose. A spoon of honey would be better, but why on earth she feels guilty about one teaspoon of sugar is beyond me. 10 spoons in a can of fizzy drink is bad news, but please don't get obsessive about a spoonful of sugar – think of the song.


When it comes to lunch she has the right approach and says, “I prefer lunch to eating dinner and try to make this my main meal. I have not eaten meat for over thirty years, but have now added fish back in to my diet when in a restaurant. I eat grilled salmon and salad or steamed / grilled vegetables like broccoli, aubergine, cauliflower or asparagus. When cooking at home I make organic scrambled eggs with a mixed salad including tomatoes and avocado - or sometimes a baked potato.


Two big meals a day is not Lynsey's idea of healthy eating and she is right as long as she eats something in place of the second meal. A substantial mid day meal and something light in the evening is the best plan, but fruit and a piece of cheese on a cracker is not good enough even if she had a good lunch.

Just like my wife Sally, Lynsey says she never eats puddings, but asks for an extra spoon when someone else orders a delicious dessert – just for a taste!

Like all of us Lynsey enjoys an odd snack like the very occasional biscuit, fruit such as banana or apple, cheese and a cracker. She avoids chocolate as she was much fatter in her teens and is always aware of 'the fat girl' trying to get out! She keeps away from eating too much bread, but sometimes snacks on a slice. Again I worry about the hints of obsessive attitudes to her food as she is guilt ridden about one miserable slice of bread, the staff of life and one of our healthiest of foods.


Her favourite non-alcoholic drinks are water, very weak tea, and unsweetened apple or orange juice. A drink every two hours or so – and more at night than during the day – is her normal routine. As she is allergic to the fermented grape she is a teetotaller and that, according to Lynsey, makes her a very cheap date. I would adore having a date with her even if she only drank vintage champagne.

“As well as the booze I also seem to have problems with coriander and garlic. Why, I don't know… maybe you can enlighten me, Michael.”

This is a most interesting question. Garlic allergy is not a rare problem and I used to treat many chefs, cooks and catering workers with severe eczema on their hands after repeated contact with garlic. As far a eating the pungent herbs, some people have an intolerance to the essential oils in garlic and coriander. Sadly, the best treatment is avoidance.

Lynsey says she eats healthily when she eats, but, sometimes she forgets and that sends her blood sugar level into a downward spiral leaving her tired both mentally and physically. This is where the complex carbs, nuts, seeds and dried fruits play such an important role.

The 5 food items she always stocks up on at the supermarket are Salad, Brazil nuts, avocado, aubergine, and broccoli. These are all fine, but as a veggie, where is the Soya? Soya beans – Bird Eye sell frozen ones now – tofu and Soya milk are not only good sources of protein but the isoflavone phytochemicals in them have been shown to reduce blood cholesterol and help with the regulation of female hormones.


Do you have food vices?

“My real vice is skipping meals and then being too tired to eat properly. I now make a conscious effort not to do that. I do eat the very odd chocolate, biscuit and slices of bread.”

In all honesty, Lynsey has one really serious food vice. She worries too much about food and weight and not enough about food, enjoyment and health. All she needs to do is switch from a negative to a positive relationship with all that she eats.


 

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