How to stay healthy - by June Brown, 83

How to stay healthy - by June Brown, 83
How to stay healthy - by June Brown, 83 (Image credit: PA Wire/Press Association Images)

June Brown has revealed her secret to staying healthy - she never mixes carbohydrates and protein. The EastEnders veteran, 83, is often seen chain smoking in character as Dot Cotton, and in real life the actress smokes - but the star says she is very health conscious. She told OK! magazine: "I've been very fortunate because my mother looked much younger than her age. I've also followed the Hay Diet for years - you can eat all sorts of lovely things like cream and cheese, but you just don't mix protein and carbohydrates in the same meal. "I also make sure I eat almonds every day. I grind them up and have a dessert spoonful on my porridge, as they have folic acid in them which is good for combating cancer. I also never touch sugar because it's poison." But she admitted she tries not to worry too much about her smoking. "I try not to (worry) and I don't count how many cigarettes I smoke. I think the worry is the dangerous thing. I have a cover for my cigarettes so I don't see (the health warnings). I don't want to read all those nasty messages. I'm convinced that my mother's cancer, which she died from, was caused from anxiety and stress. "I've tried to give up several times. I don't inhale, I haven't since I was 16 when I inhaled deeply and turned green. I do worry sometimes about my throat. But I did say to my doctor once that I was thinking of giving up, but he said: 'Don't June - you'll kill yourself.'" Click here to watch's weekly soaps video preview, the Soap Scoop

Patrick McLennan

Patrick McLennan is a London-based journalist and documentary maker who has worked as a writer, sub-editor, digital editor and TV producer in the UK and New Zealand. His CV includes spells as a news producer at the BBC and TVNZ, as well as web editor for Time Inc UK. He has produced TV news and entertainment features on personalities as diverse as Nick Cave, Tom Hardy, Clive James, Jodie Marsh and Kevin Bacon and he co-produced and directed The Ponds, which has screened in UK cinemas, BBC Four and is currently available on Netflix. 

An entertainment writer with a diverse taste in TV and film, he lists Seinfeld, The Sopranos, The Chase, The Thick of It and Detectorists among his favourite shows, but steers well clear of most sci-fi.