Rachel Riley shares debilitating struggle after 10-year health battle with mystery illness

Rachel Riley has opened up about what made a life-changing decision to help her overcome a health battle that lasted more than ten years.

During an interview with MailOnline, the Countdown The presenter – who is married to former Strictly dancer Pasha Kovalev – revealed that both she and her husband became vegetarians to ease some of her symptoms.

Rachel Riley at the press night afterparty for The Merchant of Venice 1936 in March© Getty
Rachel Riley has opened up about her health woes

“We’re all vegetarians in the house, and you just try and do the little things,” she shared. “In 2018, Pasha and I went vegan and there were a lot of reasons but I was sick of food so I cut out eggs and diary and I started eating at vegan restaurants and realized the food was really good and we needed to eat There was no need for meat and then we gave up fish.”

She also took some supplements while pregnant. The 37-year-old is a doting mum to two daughters, three-year-old Maven and 18-month-old Noa, both of whom she shares with husband Pasha.

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“I was sick for over ten years and the doctors were quite clueless about it and I gave up certain foods and got so much better literally overnight,” said Rachel. “I didn’t realize how bad I was feeling until I was feeling bad.”

Pasha Kovalev with his daughters
The TV star has two daughters with husband Pasha

The mother of two had earlier revealed that she had adopted a vegan diet after years of battling food intolerance. In an interview with BT Home in 2018, she revealed: “A few years ago, I stopped eating eggs and dairy and I slowly became a vegetarian. As soon as I stopped eating a lot of foods, many of my The symptoms went away almost overnight.”

Rachel and Pasha have also included vegetarian food in their daughter Maven’s diet. Talking to Hello! In December 2020, Mathias touched on Pasha’s way of managing the family to incorporate Russian traditions into his domestic life.

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On how Russians celebrate the New Year, the star added: “They have a huge table of festive food. We’ve introduced Maeve to some Russian food and she loves it so far – and we’re vegetarian too That’s why we do a vegetarian version.” Mixed salad with beets and carrots and tofu.”