Dr Eva Orsmond: I say it as it is

DR Eva Orsmond is in fast-forward mode, racing between her weight-loss clinic, TV show commitments, and family home.

As consultant to RTE’s Operation Transformation, her straight-talking approach has polarised public opinion, but there is no denying she is passionate about her work and wants to help people make positive changes to their health.

Born in Finland, she has been married for 17 years to Wyatt, who is South African. Recently, he fell through the roof at home, fracturing his hip.

“We have to wait eight weeks before it heals, and if it doesn’t he will need a hip replacement. But he could have been paralysed or died,” she says.

The couple have two sons, Christopher, 17, and Evan, 15.

Eva is coy about her age, saying her metabolic age is n The Last Diet by Dr Eva Orsmond, €19.99; www.orsmondclinics.com

What shape are you in?

I am relatively fit now. But there were almost four weeks before Christmas when I, basically, did nothing — I was so involved with Operation Transformation, running my private, medical weight-loss clinic, and my family. I caught up during my holidays. But, now, I am only able to do something once or twice a week.

I go for a run — 30 minutes to an hour, depending on my fitness level. I also have a treadmill at home.

My ideal hobby is dancing. I love it. Last year, when I was in South Africa with my husband’s family, I did some pole dancing. I really enjoyed it.

Have you any health concerns?

With running, I worry about my knees. I think swimming is better. But, then, running is great for my head space.

What are your healthiest eating habits?

I eat a lot of vegetables — I do soups, stirfrys and I use spices.

What’s your guiltiest pleasure?

I am a chocoholic. I think Finnish chocolate is the best — you can’t get it here, but I do love Leondais. There is a shop in Blackrock where I do my shopping, and every time I go I say to myself, ‘I am doing so much for others, I might as well get four chocolates for myself’. I have them while doing the shopping.

I also like white wine.

What would keep you awake at night?

I usually sleep very well. If I had worry or stress about something I didn’t know how to resolve — that kind of thing would keep me awake.

How do you relax?

I don’t know, really, how to because I always do something. I really enjoy cooking and I like to watch Downtown Abbey and Mad Men — I like to have a series that I can catch up on when I have time — I often find movies boring. And I love watching myself on TV — I never know how they’ll cut the film. I would give positive comments and be delighted, but they never show those things. I am tough. I think things should be said the way they are, but I am a very positive person, as well.

Who would you invite to your dream dinner party?

Marlyn Monroe, she is amazing. I have her singing Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend on my ring tone. I absolutely love her. And Jane Fonda.

What’s your favourite smell?

Eau du Soir by Sisley

What would you change about your appearance?

I would like to have arms like Catherine Thomas.

When did you last cry?

Watching an episode of Downtown Abbey.

What trait do you least like in others?

Being false. When someone says one thing to you and another behind you back.

What trait do you least like in yourself?

Sometimes, I talk before I activate my brain. If I get a little bit angry, I go a bit OTT sometimes. I am a genuine person, I feel very strongly if something is not fair, or see an injustice. I am very passionate.

Do you pray?

Absolutely. I am not a regular churchgoer. I am Christian and really do believe in the presence of the Lord. I do think things don’t happen by chance — there is a reason. Right now, I am praying for my husband after his accident. I say thank you, too.

What would cheer up your day?

When people lose weight, change their lives and get happier. It is fantastic to be part of positive change. It makes me feel I am doing something worthwhile.

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