Five munutes with... Ranvir Singh
Is your diet in need of a shake-up? Eat, Shop, Save is back with another helping of consumer advice for families in need of change. Presenter Ranvir Singh, 40, tells Georgia Humphreys more.
EAT, SHOP, SAVE IS BACK. WHAT CAN WE EXPECT FROM SERIES 2?
It's an insight into what is in the food we're eating and the things that you can do in your life that can genuinely transform your - and your family's - sense of well-being.
WHO WILL FEATURE?
It features lovely everyday families up and down the country who work hard to provide the best for their kids, but they've got into some really bad habits. They're stuck in a rut and can't find the money to do things they want to do - not through lack of work but just because that's how it is these days for most families - it's harder to stretch what we've got.
WHAT SORT OF HEALTH ISSUES ARE THESE FAMILIES FACING?
One of the guys worked a 60-hour week and there's a moment where we reveal, quite drastically, what the energy drinks [he'd been consuming] mean for this guy's health. It made me catch my breath. You can't believe it. Another of our families, one of them was a really young dad but he had the blood pressure of a 60-year-old. It was shocking.
IS IT AN EMOTIONAL PROCESS, SEEING HOW MUCH THE SHOW CAN TRANSFORM LIVES FOR THE BETTER?
It's amazing. The families say it themselves: this is not just a change of habits, it's about changing their sense of genuine well-being as a unit, and passing on good habits to your kids. They've had a chance to see how to do it and see it's not as hard as it looks, so that's what I hope viewers at home will feel.
AS A MOTHER YOURSELF, CAN YOU EMPATHISE WITH THE STRUGGLE THESE PARENTS FACE?
Oh, absolutely. You're juggling a lot all the time, working full-time, whether you're a single mum or there's two parents. You're just exhausted by the non-stop nature of trying to do everything and feeling like you're not getting it right. Then there's the guilt: you feel like, 'I wish I had more energy. I wish I had a bit more patience with the kids, I haven't seen them properly all week'.
COULD EAT, SHOP, SAVE OPEN UP A CONVERSATION SURROUNDING MENTAL HEALTH, TOO?
Yes. Anxiety about whether you're doing the right thing by your kids, whether you're going to have enough money next month, whether your marriage is going to last under the pressure. Long-term, guilt, fear, worry, and not eating properly is massive in the sense of mental health.
WE ALSO KNOW YOU AS A PRESENTER ON GOOD MORNING BRITAIN (GMB). HOW WOULD YOU DEFINE YOUR ROLE?
I've been covering politics and it's astonishing, really, how important politics now is in everybody's daily conversation. I explain what feels like chaos and mess in a way that's understandable, so my job is actually really important for me - translating what I understand as going on to people at home who just haven't got the time to read all the papers, which is most people.
IT MUST BE A CHALLENGE AT TIMES - ESPECIALLY THE EARLY STARTS?
I've been getting up at 3 o'clock in the morning for six years now! And because I'm a mum, and I've got a young son, I can never stay in bed beyond 7.30am, even on a weekend. I turned 40 last year - you know when you just think, 'Oh my God, I'm exhausted'.
GMB REALLY GETS PEOPLE TALKING. WHAT DO YOU THINK IS UNIQUE ABOUT THE SHOW - ASIDE FROM PIERS MORGAN?
The one thing that is quite unique about GMB is that it faces up to what people think about it head on. And do you know what I love? The single most-used phrase [with regards to Piers Morgan] is, 'He used to really annoy me, but now I really like him'. I find that amazing because it taught me a lesson, which is that you should stick to your guns and people will come along with you eventually. You can't please everybody all the time. GMB is brave, it's controversial, it's combative, and I'm so thrilled to be a part of it.
Eat, Shop, Save returns to ITV on Thursday July 26.