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I was so excited to speak to Roseanna Purcell this week after witnessing her stunning performance in David Gilna’s new play, The Unsung Hero. In todays Wellness Wednesday she explains why she champions eggs, why good communication is so important to her and why bananas are her top health tip for the Be Complete readers.

How would you describe your lifestyle?

My lifestyle can appear vicarious but I try to keep it as routed as possible. I’ve an incredible network of family and friends and lots of interests outside of acting, they keep me grounded. Working as an actor is unpredictable but I’ve learned to embrace that uncertainty and it’s now what makes my job so exciting. You never know what the future has in store, it’s unknown and that’s the thrill of it.

What’s your favorite food? Naughty or nice.

That. Is. One. Seriously. Tough. Question…. I’m a big fan of eggs. Simple in their goodness, so satisfying, comforting and variable. I’m a champion of the underrated egg.

Do you exercise and if so what do you do to keep fit?

 At the moment I’m in between homes, I’ve had to move house twice in the last month or so, so it’s quite the upheaval to your routine. I’m looking forward to getting booked into a new gym in my new area in Glasnevin. In the meantime I have Judy Garland (my trusty bicycle) who takes me around the city.

How do you find balance in your day-to-day life?  

People. I’ll call my Mam or Dad or chat with friends I haven’t spoken to in a while or speak to everyday. Communication, at any level is so important. Being present and not elsewhere in my head. Also, (back to food J) I think it’s really important to have at least one decent meal a day, for me that’s dinner. A day feels neither here nor there for me if it doesn’t involve that unwinding, relaxing time to sit and enjoy a meal.

How do you manage stress in your life? Do you meditate? Have you ever tried it?

Again communication. If there’s something on my back or bothering me, even if I’ve told myself to not talk about it, it manages to seep out in conversations. People you trust, who know you offer reassurance, help and comfort. Engaging and really living in the present and not imaginary stresses about the future etc. Also singing. Music; playing or listening. DANCING! Music is very much part of who I am and offers huge cathartic release. Try turning on some tunes that make you feel good, turn it up and just dance! Good for the soul stuff! I haven’t meditated but I’m up for trying it.

People often set goals or intentions as they go through life. Is this something you do?

Very much so. I have done since I was small. I’m stubborn about them too! But as I get older I’ve learned to be stubborn about your goals and flexible in your methods of achieving them. Life throws up lots of diversions, embrace them and trust you are still going in the right direction. Everything happens for a reason!

How do you unwind after a busy day?

A phone call to someone close to me, my fella or family or friends. Cooking something, I’m no Masterchef but love the therapeutic, rewarding process.

It’s the weekend, what do you do for fun?

I try to fill it with cultural things. You’ll find me in a theatre enjoying an enriching stage experience, the cinema, the odd gig now and then. Ireland is saturated in artistic talent, get out there and soak it up!

What’s your top health tip for our readers?

Bananas! They settle nerves, they’re filling and full of goodness. Bananas and communicating, just careful not to combine the two. That would be most unhealthy!

Finish the sentence – Being complete for me means…

 Being surrounded by good people.

Roseanna is an award winning actress, hailing from Co. Tipperary. She attended UCC studying Drama and Theatre before going on to train full time as a professional actor at The Gaiety School of Acting. Some of Roseanna’s memorable theatre credits include AnnaBellaEema (Rough Magic Seeds), War Of Attrition (Devious Theatre Company; Dublin Fringe Festival Best Female Performer Nomination), The Bridge Below The Town (Livin’ Dred Theatre Company), Beyond The Brooklyn Sky (Red Kettle Theatre Company) and Perfidia (Theatre Upstairs). As well as being a professional actor Roseanna is also a singer and musician. She is currently a member of Discovery Gospel Choir; Ireland’s leading intercultural choir and plays both violin and piano. She is currently performing in “The Unsung Hero” by David Gilna at Theatre Upstairs on Eden Quay running until April 2nd. Following this she will be performing in “Signatories”, a prestigous theatrical event collaborating with world class writers such as Emma O’Donoghue, Frank McGuinness and Marina Carr, directed by Patrick Mason as part of the Easter Rising commemorations, playing at Kilmainham Gaol and other various venues across Dublin.

Tickets still available for “The Unsung Hero” by David Gilna at Theatre Upstairs on Eden Quay running until April 2nd

healthy lifestyle

FACT:

So this may come as a surprise to most people but BEING HEALTHY DOES NOT HAVE TO MEAN LIFE WILL BECOME BORING!!!

Believe me this was also my greatest fear after all for years I perceived exercise as hard work and eating healthy food as a boring and a tasteless waste of time. I also thought happiness could be found at a party, when I booked my next big gig or indeed when I became accepted by my peers, so yes very sadly I worried what people thought of me. I searched for years and years for that slippery sucker called happiness but it felt that every time I got near it, well, it disappeared again.

Being healthy was the last thing on my mind as i never really thought that being healthy meant that much. Now I realise that I really didn’t value myself and probably didn’t feel like I deserved to be healthy and happy.

You see being happy is not something you can buy, a place you can travel too or indeed a company you can be employed by! It’s inside of us all already but we need to mind it and nourish it with a good lifestyle and good life choices.

The way I see it is that for years I worked hard at partying and sabotaging things for myself and the end result was depression and anxiety but now I spend time and work hard at being the best I can be and the reward for all this hard work is vitality, energy, contentment and excitement every day for what’s coming next!

Being healthy is the single greatest gift I have ever given myself. But my advice is that small changes make a big difference so don’t try to overhaul your lifestyle overnight.

Here are some great starting points:

1. Find an exercise you actually like

2. Drink more water and start each day with lemon water

3. Get enough sleep!!

4. Be grateful – write down 5 things each day you are grateful for.

5. Nourish your body with fresh foods – every thing you eat becomes a part of who you are!!

Start simple and build from there. Feeling good feels so good that it is definitely something I want to hang on to.

So take the first steps and learn to love yourself and in turn you’ll start to love your life. Believe me you won’t regret it!

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MY NUMBER ONE TOP TIP:

START YOUR DAY THE MATCHA WAY

With 137 times more antioxidants than regular green tea, 70 times the antioxidants of orange juice and 9 times the beta carotene of spinach it is most definitely in my top ten ‘must have’ food picks.

If you have secretly always wanted a superpower as a kid make this your superpower secret. Matcha is drunk as a fine powder and can be added to smoothies, juices, yogurts or drank as a shot. I mix it into a bottle of water and carry it with me all day. It also curbs sugar cravings and can also help with weight loss.

But for quality choose wisely and do your homework. There are a lot of cowboys out there trying to sell matcha cheaply and in bulk but look closely at the ingredients and on some of them you will even find rice bran solubles forming the bulk of main ingredients so please aboid these offers. I always go to www.matcha.ie where you can choose from 3 different strengths depending on your needs.

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Drinking matcha just once a day can boost your metabolism by 35-43% . I always take a shot of matcha before a workout as it can increase fat oxidation.

How can one drink do so much I hear you say? Well to me matcha is magic. It has helped me enormously in my fight against depression and anxiety because it calms the nervous systems and has so many antioxidants.

Try replacing your morning cup of coffee with matcha and watch your skin, nails, hair, energy levels and focus improve.

TOP TEN BENEFITS AT A GLANCE:

1. Energy levels

2.Skin, hair, nails

3. Anti-carcinogen

4. Lowers blood pressure

5. Boosts metabolism

6. Full of antioxidants

7. Prevents from UV damage

8. Improved memory and Longevity

9. Anti-Aging

10. Protection against Heart Disease and Diabetes

Here are a couple of short videos where I show you how I make my matcha:

https://alisoncanavan.com/alison-tv/my-matcha-way-to-start-the-day/

https://alisoncanavan.com/alison-tv/matcha-tea-how-i-take-it-with-me/

If you have any questions please feel free to comment below or email me at alison@alisoncanavan.com

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