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Strike a balance

This week: Lisa Stansfield

If I have a day off, I try to have a massage—if Ive been working out, Ill get a sports massage, but I tried stone therapy a while ago, and it was gorgeous. Otherwise, on my days off I try to do normal things like watch TV and walk the dog.

I take a multivitamin every day, and calcium, zinc, magnesium and evening primrose oil to stop me exploding every month. I try not to eat too many refined sugars and carbs, but its hard when you are travelling. I eat a lot of salad, fish, chicken and the odd chocolate bar. I tried the Atkins diet—I followed it to the letter, but didnt lose any weight.

Ive smoked since I was 16. On a good day, I smoke 15-20, on a bad day about 30. I have tried to give up—twice last year.

Although its boring, youve got to be sensible, so if you have a blow-out, you have to compensate for it—not three days later, but the very next day.

Lisa Stansfields new album, The Moment, is out now on ZTT.