Janet Street Porter

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Health -

TV PRE­SEN­TER and writer Janet Street Porter re­veals her health regime and jus­ti­fies her con­tro­ver­sial at­tack in a na­tional news­pa­per on mid­dle-class women claim­ing to suf­fer stress and de­pres­sion.

An un­re­pen­tant Janet says: “I didn’t say de­pres­sion doesn’t ex­ist. Of course it does, and I cer­tainly think post natal de­pres­sion and post-trau­matic stress dis­or­der ex­ist. What I was com­ment­ing on was that sud­denly there seems to be a mis­ery move­ment of mid­dle-class women moan­ing about their mean­ing­less lives.

“To me, a lot of it is self-in­dul­gent and some­thing low-in­come work­ing-class women sim­ply don’t have time for, be­cause they’re too pre-oc­cu­pied with try­ing to earn a liv­ing and look af­ter their kids.”

And she adds: “I think it would help some of those who com­plain about be­ing de­pressed to get off their ar­ses and do some­thing.”

She’s renowned for a no-non­sense at­ti­tude to life and has writ­ten two books, the first, Life’s Too F****** Short, fol­lowed by, Don’t Let the B******* Get You Down.

But she stresses that she to­tally sym­pa­thises with any­one who suf­fers loss or gen­uine de­pres­sion.

“When my sis­ter died it re­duced me to despair, and a close friend’s death re­cently also hit me hard. But I was sim­ply suf­fer­ing nor­mal griev­ing. And my life goes on, and I cer­tainly haven’t re­treated un­der the du­vet with a bot­tle of pills.”

A colum­nist on the Daily Mail at the age of 22, Street-Porter went on to present ra­dio and TV shows in the 1970s be­fore be­com­ing a BBC pro­ducer, the founder of L!ve TV and the edi­tor of the In­de­pen­dent on Sun­day.

Janet, 63, is un­phased that her south London ac­cent and her dis­tinc­tive teeth have of­ten made her the butt of comic rou­tines.

“I don’t pay much at­ten­tion to peo­ple who laugh at me. They’re not worth both­er­ing about. I look af­ter my­self but I’m never go­ing to live a monas­tic life wor­ry­ing about avoid­ing ev­ery­thing that might do me harm or aim­ing for a myth­i­cal per­fect body,” she says firmly.

“I know the only way to keep my weight sta­ble isn’t by fad di­et­ing but ex­er­cis­ing for around an hour a day.”

“A few years ago I gave up on rich food and drink­ing spir­its. Now I en­joy freshly cooked food, wine and fruit juices.”

She’s am­bas­sador for Red Trac­tor Week, which on June 14-20 cel­e­brates the 10th an­niver­sary of a logo on prod­ucts al­low­ing shop­pers to iden­tify the source of qual­ity food and know pro­duc­tion fol­lows food safety, an­i­mal wel­fare and en­vi­ron­men­tal stan­dards.

“When I’m at my house in Kent or my home in York­shire I buy food sourced from nearby farms and small lo­cal shops in those lo­ca­tions,” she says.

Janet, who’s 6ft, ex­er­cises by walk­ing, stretch­ing and play­ing ten­nis.

She de­fines her well­be­ing phi­los­o­phy as: “Never dwell in the past, or com­pare the present with it. It’s a myth that there was a golden era when life was bet­ter. Be happy with the here-andnow.”

And her rem­edy: “The eas­i­est way to make your­self feel good and lift your mood is by go­ing on a daily 90-minute walk, with­out tak­ing a mo­bile.”

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