Carol Vorderman on loving life after battling menopausal depression
-Apr 12, Hannah Hargrave, Health -
Carol Vorderman is rocking 58 with a capital R! The ‘Countdown’ star is certainly not in a conundrum about getting older and is embracing not only some newfound menopausal curves but the fact she’s approaching 60.
The popular TV personality says after a difficult bout of depression – attributed to the menopause – she now has some ‘me-time’ and looking at her fabulous physique it’s clear she’s not spending that time with her feet up.
Despite being ever closer to the big 6-0 Carol is showing no signs of slowing down. In her own admission she’s got a thriving love life, a passion for exercise and an insatiable zest for life.
“I’ve so much I want to do, I stack it all in,” she says, explaining why you won’t find her sitting on the sofa watching TV on a Saturday night. “Even if by the end of the week I’m exhausted, I’d rather that because I’d have a big grin on my face.”
Carol’s positivity is even more refreshing since just a few years ago she suffered with debilitating depression as she went through the menopause.
‘I didn’t know it was the menopause’
“Month by month I found that it became so low it was almost like a physical pain” she says of just how low she felt. “It was genuine depression. I didn’t know it was the menopause, I thought it was depression.”
Carol sought advice from a professor specialising in treating hormonal depression. and came out the other side.
‘Walking makes me so happy’
She also threw herself into ensuring she was living the healthiest lifestyle possible.
“I walk seven miles a day and I try to do a 15-mile walk once a week as well, up the Brecon Beacons or along the River Cam. It makes me so happy,” Carol says of exercising.
“I stride along at 3.5 miles per hour, and on top of that I do three open-air sessions of circuit training a week. I love it!”
‘I do love to party’
She’s also a fan of weight training and works out with a kettle bell at home too.
When it comes to her diet she watches what she eats but knows how to have fun too.
“I take vitamins A and D, omega 3 and fish oils, calcium for my bones, a pro-biotic for my gut, and I drink cider vinegar and juices.
‘I drink very little alcohol’
“I eat well. I cut down on sugar and cut down on carbs long before it became fashionable, and most of the week I drink very little alcohol. Your tolerance goes down after the menopause. Two glasses of wine and I feel it the next day. But I do love to party!”
The result of all of the above is a curvy physique which has certainly made its fair share of headlines.
‘I haven’t had bottom implants’
But she rather proudly and matter of factly insists she has not gone under the knife for her perky posterior.
“I’ve always had a huge a**e,” she says. “But I promise I haven’t had bottom implants. It’s the same old bottom. In my family, loads of us have it: the Vorderman A**e. My daughter Katie has it. My nephew has it. We’re all sticky-out-bottom people.”
And she puts her ample assets down to hormones.
‘I get up to a lot of mischief’
“I think your bust does grow with hormonal changes. And we all know you put on weight when your bust grows. You have babies; it grows. Then you go through the menopause and it grows a bit more. I can assure you my bust isn’t gravity-defying. I have to hoick them up with a bra, like everyone else.”
It’s fantastic to see Carol oozing such confidence and she brings that to her dating life too. With her two children, Cameron 22, and Katie, 28, all grown up she enjoys taking the time to date.
“I get up to a lot of mischief. I have a number of special friends – but I’m not doing anything wrong. Everyone’s single.”
If you found this interesting why not read about why perimenopause can be a positive time.