over the years, Davina McCall She has inspired millions – with several workout DVDs under her belt and fitness platform Own Your Goals to list just a few of her many projects.
She has also published bestselling healthy cookbooks, spoken freely about her history of self-help, and demystified menopause with her. Channel 4 documentaries.
masked singer Judge is now on the end of taking new lessons in health, thanks to her eldest daughter Holly, 20, who is a nutrition science student at Newcastle University.
“I get first-hand information from her nonstop,” says Davina, who has two other children, Tilly, 18, and son Chester, 15. “It’s so helpful.”
She explained that she developed “by osmosis” an understanding of how the food we eat affects not only our physical health, but our feelings.
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She said, “Obviously, from talking to Holly a lot, I know ‘you are what you eat.’ I used to think that was just a mantra but the microbiome in our stomachs dictates a lot of what we feel and look at.
“Gut health is really important, so I’m constantly learning about fermented foods, which I’m not very interested in, so I try to change my taste buds to get more good bacteria in my gut.”
Responsible for producing 90 percent of the mood-stabilizing hormone serotonin, gut bacteria also boost vitamin and hormone production, improve sleep quality, support circadian rhythms, help control infection and improve our mental health.
That’s why when our good and bad gut bacteria are disrupted, we feel it both physically and emotionally.
For Davina, this is especially noticeable when you eat sugar, on which harmful bacteria and yeast feed in the intestine.
“I definitely know that refined sugar doesn’t agree with me at all,” Davina says. “It bloates me out and makes my stomach ache. It’s almost like an allergy and my body keeps me from eating sugar. It just doesn’t make me feel good.”
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Insisting that she is “unrestricted” by food, Davina maintains her formidable personality by championing simple, sensible eating tricks, including enjoying a main meal at lunch, limiting processed food and meal planning.
Thankfully, her days of hard bikini meals are over. “Before the kids, I was on the Atkins diet where I was breathing terribly,” she recalls.
“I lost a lot of weight – it was a miracle – but the moment I stopped dieting I put it all back together. What’s the point of that?”
Even Davina exercises “three or four times a week” no longer seek an aesthetic reward.
“I don’t get much fit now to be bikini and body ready,” she says, which means she’s looking forward to spending more weeks than she could in the past with the holidays around feeling mentally refreshed.
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Davina, who recently stayed at the TUI BLUE Grand Azur in Turkey to test the way for the hotel’s new wellness menu, says that escaping from her “too busy head and very busy life” requires “just calm.”
This means choosing “meditative” forms of fitness like swimming, as well as making an effort to stay away from technology. “Tried a great Turkish bath and found it a mind and body cleanser. Loved it.”
TUI BLUE conducted research that found 54 per cent of Brits felt worse after trying the wellness trend. Davina believes that the key to rejuvenating the mind, body, and spirit is to find an activity that brings comfort, not a feeling of stress.
“We look at wellness a little bit as a punishment, but it’s not like that,” she says. “Wellness is about finding your happiness. It’s not about being a bunny at the gym, running every morning, or getting up at 6 a.m. and doing a HIIT class.
“It’s not about meditation. It’s just about stopping for a second and getting away from your daily life.”
Back home, walking her dog Boo is very healing and helped her deal with the recent loss of her beloved father.
In March, graphic designer Andrew passed away at the age of 77, after being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in 2016.
“Sadness is like waves and doesn’t respect timing,” says Davina. “When that comes, you just have to let it come.
“Just getting outside and getting some fresh air, sun on your face, leaving my phone at home and really trying to connect with my dog. This kind of thing helps me.”
According to Alzheimer’s Research UK, 74 per cent of adults want to know they have Alzheimer’s before symptoms appear, which include memory loss and problems concentrating.
Davina, host of Long Lost Family, has not ruled out a predictive genetic test to assess the possibility that she will one day be affected.
“Obviously it crosses my mind – my dad had that, so would that put me more at risk? Until my grandmother had vascular dementia. [Davina’s beloved late grandmother Pippy’s progressive vascular dementia was triggered by a stroke at the age of 93] She was in great shape, so I’d rather be in the mindset that I’m going to do things that I know reduce the risk of getting her.”
In addition to exercising and eating healthy, Davina says taking hormone replacement therapy (HRT) may also help her.
“New research suggests that HRT, done so early on, can have a very profound effect on reducing the risk of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, which is really cool.
“It helps with my menopausal symptoms but also helps lower my risk of Alzheimer’s disease,” says Davina.
The research she’s referring to looked at the health records of 400,000 women and found that those who used or were using HRT were 58 percent less likely to develop Alzheimer’s and other neurodegenerative diseases.
The study was cited in Davina’s 2021 Sex, Myths, and Menopause program, revealing her experience with premenopausal symptoms.
Now “on the other side” and after “adapting” to HRT, the former Big brother The host says that one of the greatest triumphs of midlife is learning to let go of fears.
“When you’re childbearing, you’re like, ‘Are you looking for a partner to have kids.’ It’s a biological thing. When you can’t do that anymore, it’s all ready to be taken over, like, ‘Do I want to be single?'” Do I want to work?
Davina, who is dating hairstylist Michael Douglas, with whom she co-hosted a weekly podcast, Making The Cut.
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From the outside looking in, Davina is a positive, centered, and enthusiastic type, but she’s been making it happen for nearly three decades.
She started her wellness career 29 years ago with a £10 one-day self-esteem workshop.
“I went with a friend and we laughed a lot during it, but we took things from that workshop after 29 years [still] It trains in our daily lives,” says Davina.
“Self-esteem can come and go during the day. You can wake up in the morning and think, ‘Look at me.'” I look like Heidi Klum.” Then at lunchtime, someone shoots you a look across the office and you think, “Everyone hates me, I hate myself” and your self-respect falls to the ground.
“It’s very fleeting, so I’ve tried to find tools to realize that not everyone is talking or thinking about you. Now I keep fit to stay alive longer. I just want to be as healthy as I can.”
Davina traveled to Turkey with TUI BLUE, TUI’s signature hotel brand, to launch their wellness menu. Find out more at tui.co.uk/findyourhappy.
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