The OC actress Mischa Barton, 27, answers our health quiz.
Can you run up stairs?
I’ll always take the stairs over an escalator. I exercise at least five times a week, and do lots of cycling, yoga, running and light weight training.
Dieting is dangerous as it’s not great going from one way of eating to another. Consistent healthy eating is better. But if I’ve been overeating, then I stick to a vegetarian or pescetarian [seafood] diet.
Chocolate. Although I have learned to stick to the dark stuff, I get regular cravings for chocolate pretzels and milk chocolate-dipped crisps. I also like vegan jelly beans (they’re better for you than normal jelly beans).
Ever been depressed?
I’ve always flirted with depression and can be a dark character. Being an actor seems glamorous but it means going from working all day and feeling wanted, to having nothing going on for weeks and having no one to take care of you. So it’s important to have plans when there’s a change in schedule. I’m not a fan of anti- depressants but talking therapy has been very helpful, as has having people around who understand me and, importantly, make me laugh.
Had anything removed?
My wisdom teeth when I was 23 – and it was absolutely terrible. Mine were wrapped around my jawbone and I don’t know if my face has ever quite gone back to how it was.
I got pretty serious pneumonia on a film set in 2012. I’ll normally work when I’m sick, but on this film we were shooting outside by a pool at 3am and it was wet and cold and I got really delirious. She likes vegan jelly beans
Take any pills?
I’ve always had a hard time getting and staying asleep, so use Bonuit Sleep Aid, a herbal remedy containing the powerful combination of Valerian and Passion Flower. I usually end up getting six or seven hours. I also take the probiotic acidophilus to aid digestion, vitamin B12 capsules and sometimes omega-3 fish oil, which helps keep my hair, skin and nails in good condition. I’ve had a few vitamin B12 shots to boost a flagging body, too.
I love reflexology, meditation, aromatherapy, and acupuncture, which I’ve had for stress, anxiety, back pain and sports injuries.
I concoct my own spicy mixture to sip, with water, oregano, parsley and cayenne pepper. It’s hydrating, full of nutrients and seems to work.
Getting terminally ill, and needles.
Consider plastic surgery?
No. I just don’t like the idea of it.
Mischa uses Bonuit Sleep Aid, a herbal medicinal product, £9.99 from Holland & Barrett or http://www.bonuit.co.uk. Always read the label.
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