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intermittent fasting 'I no longer drink or eat five Freddos a day, this is my day on a plate' - former 2FM DJ Keith Walsh

We caught up with Keith to find out how he's shifting weight through intermittent fasting, favourite nibbles, and why he's ditched the booze... for now

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Keith’s favourite dinner is the Happy Pear southern Indian sweet potato and lentil curry with a dollop of vegan yoghurt

Keith’s favourite dinner is the Happy Pear southern Indian sweet potato and lentil curry with a dollop of vegan yoghurt

Keith’s favourite dinner is the Happy Pear southern Indian sweet potato and lentil curry with a dollop of vegan yoghurt

Former lead anchor on 2fm's Breakfast Republic Keith Walsh is one of those guys impossible not to like.

He tells us about his strict fasting regime after the Christmas blowout but admits he won't last longer than a month.

He is willing to tell the truth about why he feels better not boozing now and how some days you gotta eat a coleslaw roll standing up in the kitchen!

Living in Newbridge with wife Suzanne and their two kids, Keith is just like the rest of us - struggling and juggling.

When he left RTÉ last year he wrote a play, Pure Mental, about his childhood and why he went into therapy and these days is busy with his podcast and card making company. He draws them all himself. Find his brilliant designs on @keithwalsh_walsh.

Here, Keith tells us about his regular day on a plate.

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YUMMY: Keith with his daily salad bowl

YUMMY: Keith with his daily salad bowl

YUMMY: Keith with his daily salad bowl

8am: "I put the kettle on the stove (I like the whistle) for decaf coffee with soya milk. I love the Azera instant brand.

I gave up caffeine a couple of years ago when I was presenting Breakfast Republic on 2fm. I thought it helped me focus but it did the opposite.

One morning I had a panic attack in the studio. I walked out in the middle of a link and felt I was going to throw up.

Around that time I started therapy which led to some changes in my life and ditching caffeine made me calmer."

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HEALTHY EATING: Keith’s favourite dinner, the Happy Pear southern Indian sweet potato and lentil curry with a dollop of vegan yoghurt.

HEALTHY EATING: Keith’s favourite dinner, the Happy Pear southern Indian sweet potato and lentil curry with a dollop of vegan yoghurt.

HEALTHY EATING: Keith’s favourite dinner, the Happy Pear southern Indian sweet potato and lentil curry with a dollop of vegan yoghurt.

9.30am: "My daughter Anna (18) and wife Suzanne are up before me. I finally get up and drag Finn (12) out of bed.

For breakfast I have porridge or a vegan smoothie with yogurt and fruit, but at the moment I don't eat until early evening.

I'm trying to shift the Christmas weight. I gave up booze last January, and this was my first Christmas without it, so as a distraction I allowed myself a free pass on worrying about what I ate. We don't have scales but I would guess I put on half a stone.

I was eating up to five Cadbury Freddos a day and I'd be snacking on the coleslaw rolls standing up in the kitchen, and lashing into the boxes of Heroes and Aldi plant burgers and air fried chips.

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Keith with Breakfast Republic hosts Jennifer Maguire and Bernard O’Shea

Keith with Breakfast Republic hosts Jennifer Maguire and Bernard O’Shea

Keith with Breakfast Republic hosts Jennifer Maguire and Bernard O’Shea

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So for the next month I'm doing intermittent fasting as a kind of circuit breaker, and I eat all meals in a six-hour window."

1pm: "I drink water and decaf tea with soy milk but nothing solid. Suzanne says I'm 'Mr Fad' but having fewer opportunities to eat means I eat less overall.

I work at the kitchen table where Finn does his homeschooling. I'm kept busy with my side hustles.

I wrote a play early last year, Pure Mental, which will hopefully tour this summer. I have a podcast, which I love, and a card company

where I hand draw the cards.

In normal times it's a bowl of cereal; all bran or bran flakes with soya milk, grapes, apples and bananas."

5pm: "I kick off with a big salad bowl; spinach, cucumber, tomato, pickles, gherkins, red peppers or cabbage you get in a jar.

I add lots of oil and balsamic vinegar and tuna and I'll have some fruit. I'm so hungry I would eat anything.

I am forever buying bananas and apples but fresh is king. I went vegan two years ago and then switched to pescatarian.

My dad had a massive heart attack in his early 40s and the vegan diet is supposed to be best for cholesterol and health.

I started eating fish again after a holiday in Portugal when we were traipsing around restaurants and couldn't find a vegan option and my family were like 'don't be a moron, Keith'."

8pm: "At the moment, some nights we have four meals going on. Suzanne is on a different plan and Anna might cook something for herself. We are trying to get Finn weaned off the chicken rolls.

Other nights they might have roast chicken, potatoes and veg and I have the same but with tuna steaks or I make a sweet potato and lentil Happy Pear curry for everyone.

Sometimes we get takeaway, usually from Market Kitchen in Newbridge - prawn tempura to share, Suzanne gets chicken wings and I order the vegan pizza with tomatoes, olives, avo and rocket.

My big weakness is chips; chipper chips or if the kids are getting McDonald's I throw in a sneaky portion."

11pm: "I always have a jar of my 'Keith mix' - broken up pieces of 85pc Aldi dark chocolate with raisins and salty peanuts.

It keeps away the sugar cravings and it cheers me up, though I have not entirely broken up with the Freddos.

If we are not watching TV I stay up until midnight working and have decaf tea.

When I was on Breakfast Republic I never drank on a work night but Friday and Saturday I really needed the release. On holidays I would be straight for the beers.

I was always fascinated with how much other people drank. It was the question I always wanted to ask my interviewees. I may never go back to the booze.

I never made a big decision to give it up but when I did dry January last year I was working weekends at RTÉ, and then when I left and went out on my own, I needed to be thinking straight.

It suited me to avoid drinking entirely and now I don't need that anymore.

I am more than happy with who I am without it, for now anyway."

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