Pastor Ituah Ighodalo is the founder of Trinity House. A Motivational Speaker, Philanthropist and an Accountant by profession, Ighodalo is our guest in his edition of Celebrity Tummy Talk. He speaks on his healthy living as well as his recreation time as a servant of God.
How do you relax on weekends?
I read newspapers and watch TV. Also, I spend quality time with my family. That’s good recreation for me.
Do you engage in any sporting activity?
Sometimes, I play soccer with my people and that is the much I can do. I try to play gulf but it is highly demanding and for the fact that I can’t overwork myself. I prefer to play soccer once in a while.
What kind of food do you like?
I don’t eat much. I don’t know what I like but I know what I hate. I don’t eat goat meat and I’m not a heavy eater. I eat more vegetables, fish and I drink lots of water.
What was your attitude to food, while you were growing up ?
I grew up in a well-disciplined home. And my mother was very finicky about food. She gave us what she considered was a balanced diet. I had everything I wanted as a child. My mum used to like amala a lots which I didn’t like. So, I prefer to eat eba or pounded yam. She likes eko (agidi) which I didn’t like.
As a strict mother, she was always pressurising us to start eating some of these foods. so, anytime she compelled us to eat what we don’t like, we usually console ourselves that some day; we would be free to eat only what we like.
How do you feel if your mother forces you to eat what you don’t like?
You there not dare flaunt my mum’s order. You have to eat it, she was very nice but strict. She was running our home, and so, it was what she gave to us that we ate. We only had privilege to request for something which she would oblige us . Most of the food she gave us was nice food. There was nothing wrong with the food, but we were just exhibiting childhood pranks.
How you react to food provided in your school?
We were allowed to bring food to the school, so if you don’t like a particular food, then, you have a choice to seek solace in your grump box and eat whatever is left from it. I went to King’s College and the food provided to us there wasn’t bad. What I don’t like then was semovita. We were well taken care of.
What’s your state of origin?
Edo State but my mother was a Yoruba woman.
What is the traditional food of the Edo people?
It’s pounded yam.
And you hate pounded yam with passion?
Not really, but I don’t like heavy food. I like to be light. And I’m not crazy about food. I eat fruits, vegetables and fish.
So, what fruit are we talking about here?
Any fruit aside banana.
Has your wife prepared a particular meal that makes you salivate or remember your mother’s meal?
Not really. My mother and wife have different styles. My wife is more anglo in nature while my mother is traditional. I don’t really like traditional food.
So, you prefer your wife’s meal?
Don’t let my mother hear that oh. Anyway she is dead. She wouldn’t hear you. But, my wife is not a bad cook.
You are not looking 50. What is the secret?
No secret. It’s just by the grace of God. It is not deliberate but the way God has made it. So, I can’t really say for now.
Can you say your food in-take contributes to your fitness?
I deliberately worked on my shape and I’m careful about what I eat. As a pastor, there is lots of fasting. And I’m not a food freak.
Is fasting part of discipline?
It takes discipline to fast. Naturally, the body is hungry but if you can overcome the first two days of fasting, the other days will be better off.