Suzanne Shaw changed lifestyle for mental health

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 16 June 2021
Suzanne Shaw

Suzanne Shaw

Suzanne Shaw took up running and a vegan diet to change her lifestyle after her mental health deteriorated

Suzanne Shaw changed her lifestyle to ease the pressure on her mental health.

The former 'Emmerdale' actress decided to take up running and follow a vegan diet after she noticed her mental health was deteriorating as she had put on a few pounds.

She told the Metro newspaper's Sixty Seconds column: "I quit drinking, went plant-based, and took up running, meditation and mindfulness. I completely changed my lifestyle.

"I'd been struggling with my mental health and the older you get, the more aware you become of your physical and mental wellbeing. I realise I wasn't looking after myself the way I should be. Within a few days of starting the vegan diet I started to feel amazing.

"I'd piled on quite a bit of weight around 2018. I don't know what happened, I just let myself go. I'd always maintained eight and a half to nine stone, and I crept up to over 10 stone. I've lost that but I don't obsess over it. When I made this lifestyle change it wasn't for the waist size, it was for mental health – I wanted to find happy again. I turn 40 this year and I feel great. I'm fitter and happier than I've ever been."

What's more, the former Hear'Say singer wanted to mark her 20th anniversary in show business by taking on a series of fitness challenges but was forced to put them on hold due to the coronavirus pandemic.

She added: "I went into 2020 wanting to do 20 things to ark my 20 years in the entertainment industry I had all these big ideas. I'd signed up to do Base Camp Everest and 20 different running challenges, from park runs to 5Ks to a marathon. I also wanted to climb the Three Peaks. Then the pandemic hit."